Microsoft beat Sony in U.S. console sales in August thanks to Xbox One S

Xbox One S
Xbox One S (Image credit: Windows Central)

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.

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.

John Callaham