When Microsoft officially announced the Xbox One that would be priced at $399 sans-Kinect, they later revealed that the console had seen an increased amount of interest from gamers. This is hardly surprising since the console is now $100 cheaper than what it used to be. Now the question is, how much momentum are we talking about? Well according to a recent post by Microsoft on the Xbox website, it seems that the Xbox One’s sales have actually more than doubled in the US for the month of June compared to that of May. “Since the new Xbox One offering launched on June 9th, we’ve seen sales of Xbox One more than double* in the US, compared to sales in May, and solid growth in Xbox 360 sales.”
Microsoft’s Xbox One more than doubled in sales for the month of June the company announced. This comes one day before the release of NPD numbers for the video game industry. Microsoft has not released actual sales data, so it’s impossible to know the exact number of units sold. “Since the new Xbox One offering launched on June 9th, we’ve seen sales of Xbox One more than double* in the US, compared to sales in May, and solid growth in Xbox 360 sales,” Microsoft said in a statement. Microsoft says the information is based on internal data for the calendar month and sold through numbers. Microsoft released a new Xbox One sku in June unbundled from the Kinect for $399—$100 less than the original Xbox One and on par with Sony’s PS4. The PS4 has continued to outsell the Xbox One since the new-gen consoles launched in late 2013. Total industry sales were up 52 percent in May, largely driven by adoption of new-gen consoles. Software sales were up as well. “Collectively, May 2014 launches sold 800 percent more in dollar sales than May 2013 launches did their respective launch months. New launches represented 50 percent of dollar sales this month, which compared to only 9 percent for new launches in May 2013,” according to the NPD Group. We’ll learn more tomorrow when actual NPD numbers go live. Doubling Xbox One sales may still not be enough to catch up with the PS4—at least not yet. May was a very good month for video games. A cheaper Xbox One console will certainly help Microsoft, while strong Mario Kart 8 numbers should translate into a healthy boost for Nintendo . PS4 will likely still top the charts.