Worldwide hours spent gaming on Xbox One nearly doubled in February

As we have reported in the past, Microsoft has decided to not reveal the total number of Xbox One hardware sales it records every month. However, the company did reveal that the number of hours spent by customers gaming on Xbox Live nearly doubled in February 2016 compared to the same month a year ago.

In a statement to GameInformer, Mike Nichols, corporate vice president of Xbox marketing, said:

"The unmatched lineup of games available on Xbox One continues to generate a strong response from gamers as seen through global Xbox Live engagement and exclusive game sales. Compared to February 2015, exclusive Xbox One U.S. game sales drove a 49 percent increase and the total number of hours spent gaming on Xbox One worldwide rose 93 percent."

The research firm NPD Group did confirm that Sony's PlayStation 4 was the number one best selling console in U.S. retail outlets during February 2016, both in terms of hardware and software. Specific unit sales were not revealed. Overall hardware sales were down 23 percent compared to a year ago, thanks in part to massive sales drops in older consoles.

Software sales dropped 10 percent when compared to last February. Ubisoft's Far Cry Primal was the number one best selling game during the month, followed by Call of Duty: Black Ops III and Grand Theft Auto V.

John Callaham