Sales of the Xbox One S helped Microsoft to beat Sony's PlayStation 4 in U.S. hardware console sales in August, according to data from the research firm the NPD Group. Microsoft officially launched the new version of the console in the same month.

Xbox One S

As usual, neither Microsoft nor the NPD Group revealed specific unit sales for the Xbox One or Xbox One S, which were apparently both grouped together. The Xbox One S has a smaller design than the standard Xbox One, and can support streaming 4K video and UHD Blu-ray discs. Engadget got a statement from Xbox's Marketing head Mike Nichols, who also took a shot at the lack of a UHD Blu-ray player in the upcoming PlayStation 4 Pro.

"Thanks to our fans and their excitement for new Xbox One games and the recently launched Xbox One S, which is the only console available this holiday with built-in UHD 4K Blu-ray, 4K video streaming and HDR for video and gaming, Xbox One was the best-selling console in the U.S. in August, according to NPD Group."

This is the second month in a row that Microsoft's Xbox One consoles beat Sony's PlayStation 4 in U.S. sales.