Did the Xbox One beat the PS4 in sales last week?

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Potentially big news for an anxious Microsoft as it has been reported that the Xbox One outsold the PS4 in the UK last week.

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According to MCV, the console which has until now played second-fiddle to Sony’s machine took the lead thanks to the release of Fifa 15 and a price cut that saw the console cut to £329 – or £349 with Fifa 15. (Sony later followed with its own price cut).

According to MCV’s source, sales of the Xbox One jumped 155% – and whilst the PS4 was also boosted by 80%, the difference allowed Microsoft to edge ahead.

It’ll be interesting to see whether this is the start of a broader turnaround for the console, which has spent the last six months playing Mea Culpa, dropping the expensive Kinect add-on from console bundles, and shouting the word “GAMES!” at anyone who will listen. Of course – there’s still a mountain to climb as this is only data from one week – there will need to be many more weeks like this before we draw any conclusions.

James O’Malley

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