Microsoft's Xbox One is currently on a tear. September marked the third month in a row that the Xbox One outperformed rival PlayStation 4 in terms of sales. That marked a big change: the PlayStation 4 has been the most popular game console in the world. Over 40 million PlayStation 4 consoles are out and being played. Sony's console have been so popular over the Xbox One that Microsoft has even opted to stop reporting sales numbers and instead chose to report "hours played."But as of now, things have drastically changed.
Xbox slowly outperforming PS4
Ever since July of this year, Microsoft's Xbox One has outperformed the PS4 in terms of month-to-month sales. Let's keep in mind that the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 have been on sale since the 2013 holiday season, and for the vast majority of that period, PlayStation 4 has been on top. There was a few glimpse where the Xbox One beat the PS4 in monthly sales, but overall, Sony's lead has held strong for years now.
What's going on with Sony?
So, with that being said, why have the tides changed?Some factors contributed to the change. First of all, there are already a ton of PlayStation 4 consoles already being played worldwide.It could be a possibility that demand for the PS4 has cooled over time as millions of people have their demand met by simply buying a console. Then again, there are over 40 million PlayStation 4 consoles in homes.
The Xbox One S effect
The third major factor, which applies mostly towards the September sales and onwards, is the Xbox One S. This new version of the Xbox One is much slimmer, prettier, and features similar low price as the original Xbox One (at $299). To make things more interesting, the Xbox One S was the highest-selling console of any gaming hardware in September. That's a very interesting fact considering that Sony released a slimmer version of the PlayStation 4 in September as well.With all things said, it seems that with the introduction of the Xbox One S, which is slowly growing into severe popularity, Xbox can potentially dethrone PlayStation in the long run.