Xbox One sales 'more than double' after intro of $400 Kinect-less model, still can't top the PS4
Editor's note: This article was originally published 7/17/14 but was updated 7/18/14 with NPD's sales numbers for the PlayStation 4.
We're still waiting on the NPD research group to release its monthly console sales estimates later today (see update at bottom --ed.), but Microsoft got so excited last night that it couldn't wait any longer, showering in confetti and those little popper things where you pull on the string and they explode—people are finally buying the Xbox One!
"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," Microsoft wrote in a blog post. The "new Xbox One offering" refers, of course, to the model where they stripped out the controversial Kinect peripheral and dropped the price from $500 to a more competitive $400.
Is the sales boost due to the Kinect's removal? Is it due to the hundred dollar price drop? Is it due to Microsoft's lineup of E3 games (including Forza Horizon 2 and Halo 2 Anniversary)? It's impossible to say, so the safest bet is "some combination of the three."
We also don't have solid figures yet from the NPDs. How much did Xbox One sales increase, and how did it stack up to Sony's PlayStation 4? It's possible the PS4 received a similar boost after E3 once its holiday 2014 lineup was revealed. We'll update you as soon as NPD reveals whether Sony is still outselling the Xbox One or whether this bump was enough to put Microsoft on top.
Update: The NPD report is now out and Sony took the top slot for the sixth month in a row, despite the Xbox One price drop and the removal of the Kinect peripheral. At this point you have to wonder if it's too late—if the PS4 has already gained the title of "the one all my friends have" for this console generation, building on its own momentum each month. Regardless, the Xbox One's resurgence has at least made this an interesting race again, and more competition in the console market is never a bad thing.