The NPD figures for April have revealed many interesting figures. Whilst the continued domination of the PlayStation 4 is not as big a surprise, what we found really surprising is simply how low the sales were for the Xbox One console.
Microsoft (surprisingly) chose to reveal the sales figures for the Xbox One and the figures are not good at all; only 115,000 Xbox Ones were sold in April. To put things into perspective, the Xbox 360 has never sold as little as this, with the exception of last month, which is understandable, considering the fact that we are well within the later ‘generation’ of gaming. The reason for Microsoft’s latest announcement that the Xbox One would no longer be sold with the Kinect camera is now clear; the Xbox One is struggling greatly against the PlayStation 4 and in its home-turf, or what used to be its home-ground. We mentioned this in a previous article immediately after the announcement regarding the removal of the Kinect from future Xbox One bundles but we now have the facts to back up what, frankly, a lot of people suspected anyway.
Furthermore, Sony have announced that Infamous: Second Son was the best-selling next-gen title in April. Now this really is surprising considering the great lengths Microsoft went to to advertise and promote Titanfall, even including the game for free in its console bundles.
Needless to say, Microsoft are fighting an uphill battle, and the pressure to deliver at E3 will be even greater. Do you think the removal of the Kinect will make a big difference in the Xbox One’s performance in the USA? Let us know in the comments below.