Xbox One Gets 200+ Backward Compatible Games And Outsells PS4

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Xbox One, through some clever bundle offers, has outsold Playstation 4 for the first time in over a year

For the first time in twelve months, Xbox One has finally outsold PS4, albeit only in the US, by a slight margin. Even with an impending Xbox One S launch, more people bought Xbox One than PlayStation 4 in the month of July.

Microsoft officially announced yesterday that Xbox One was the best-selling video game console in the United States of America for the month of July.

NPD Group’s monthly report for July broke the news. Of course, various media outlets were unable to get their hands on NPD’s report this week because of a recent change which adds digital data to NPD sales data.

But it doesn’t change the fact that Xbox One was able to beat PS4 in terms of numbers of units sold. Indeed it is an unexpected if not an outright strange milestone.

Playstation 4 has consistently outsold Xbox One since its launch date. That doesn’t mean that Xbox One has never outsold Playstation 4 in any given month.

But the last time Xbox One sold more units than PlayStation 4 in a single month was in October of 2015.

Sony’s PlayStation 4 has managed to keep Xbox One at bay for every month since then. This news also does not necessarily mean that July 2016 was the biggest month for Xbox One in terms of sales.

Xbox One was sold the most in December 2015 and that has been the console’s best month ever since its launch date.

Even at that time, Playstation 4 was crowned the top-selling console for the month in the United States but in terms of Xbox One’s own sales numbers, December 2015 was one of the strongest months for Microsoft’s latest video game console.

But perhaps the biggest surprise is not that Xbox One outsold Playstation 4 in the month of July, but it is the fact that Xbox One was more successful than PS4 in the United States when Microsoft had just announced two new (and not much improved if media reports are to be believed) Xbox systems.

One of those systems , which Microsoft said are one the way, is Xbox One S which debuted at the beginning of August. The other, more powerful Xbox One called Project Scorpio, is expected to get a release date sometime during summer holidays in 2017.

Microsoft’s gaming boss, Phil Spencer, even said this while speaking to Giant Bomb during an E3 live stream, “The reason we announced when we did–one is I wanted to give customers a view into what we were doing,” Spencer said. “If they say I have an Xbox One now, I’m thinking about an Xbox One S, I want to be as transparent as I can be so they know they’re buying with as much information as I can give them. I can’t always give them all the information, but I want to give them this information.”

“I want to talk about Scorpio so customers can feel like they have a view into what we were doing so they could make the decision that is right for them.”

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The announcement of new consoles such as Project Scorpio and Playstation neo could have had a negative impact on sales numbers in the month of July

Common sense would have indicated that the debut of a new Xbox One system i.e., the Xbox One S (and the speech by Phil Spencer), would have suppressed the sales of standard Xbox One but it seems that may not have been the case at all.

Perhaps the increase in Xbox One sales was due to the fact that Microsoft introduced a number of Xbox One deals such as a $300 Xbox One deal, which was offered at the beginning of July.

The particular deal included a Xbox One 1TB edition and four games: Halo 5: Guardians, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, Rare Replay (which is actually a collection of 30 games) and Ori and the Blind Forest.

That deal also allowed buyers to select another free game from Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Just Dance 2016 and Just Dance: Disney Party 2. If that wasn’t enough already, then the same deal also offered a second controller along with the one that came with the console itself, a $20 credit for Xbox Design Lab (it is a place where users can design their own custom controllers) and a $50 Microsoft Store credit.

With a deal like that, it is no wonder that Xbox One saw a jump in sales for the month of July. Though it is also possible that the sales numbers of both consoles, Xbox One and Playstation 4, decreased drastically in the month of July because both Microsoft and Sony announced new consoles and Xbox One sales simply decreased to a lesser extent than Playstation 4 sales.

Microsoft also commented on the NPD report and mentioned in its statement that the total gaming hours that Xbox One users had put in Xbox consoles globally were up 18 percent when compared to the same period last year.

The total number of hours reached a mammoth figure of 1.55 billion hours which if translated into years comes to about 170,000 years.

Moreover, the Microsoft statement also noted that the launch edition of Xbox One S had already sold out in Britain and was nearly sold out in the United States as well.

Not only that, Microsoft is still offering bundles to prospective buyers in order to further boost the sale numbers of its Xbox One S model.

A couple of days ago, Microsoft confirmed that a 2TB version of Xbox One S Launch Model would be limited time offer and that the end of August will see three more versions of Xbox One S model.

The Xbox One S model bundle seems to have hit the sweet spot between price and value as Microsoft confirmed with Gamespot that the amount of interest the company has received with regards to its 2TB Xbox One S model was genuinely thrilling.

Eurogamer reported that most, if not all, Xbox One S model 2TB systems had sold out for good. The Xbox One S model 2TB system was made available to the public for $400, and the deal was said to be limited.

At that point in time, the market misunderstood the term “limited” when it actually meant that no more Xbox One S models would be produced instead of simply being difficult to find due to high demand.

According to official sources, Microsoft will introduce a 1TB model which will come bundled with Madden NFL 17 for $350.

Microsoft is also expected to release two more models: one with a 500GB storage capacity along with two games namely Halo 5: Guardians and Halo: The Master Chief Collection which will cost $300.

The third model will offer the same games but with a 1TB hard drive which will cost around $350.

Readers should know that Xbox One has made it quite easy to install an external hard drive so the smaller default hard drive, that comes with the console, shouldn’t be a problem if buyers opt for those respective Xbox One models.

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Xbox One has flooded the market with various bundles which might explain a rise in sale numbers

Microsoft has also announced that it will bring new deals to Xbox One S model in order to attract more customers.

One other factor that could have contributed to increased Xbox One sales is the 200+ list of backward compatible games that Microsoft announced a couple of days ago.

The Xbox One backwards compatibility feature allows users to play Xbox 360 games on the new console and Microsoft has promised that the company will give out more older games for the new system.

The list of games that have been promised goes as follows,

 

  1. A Kingdom for Keflings
  2. A World of Keflings
  3. Aegis Wing
  4. Age of Booty
  5. Alan Wake
  6. Alan Wake’s American Nightmare
  7. Alien Hominid HD
  8. Altered Beast
  9. Anomaly Warzone Earth
  10. Assassin’s Creed
  11. Assassin’s Creed II
  12. Asteroids & Deluxe
  13. Aqua
  14. Babel Rising
  15. Banjo Kazooie: Nuts n Bolts
  16. Banjo Tooie
  17. Banjo Kazooie
  18. BattleBlock Theater
  19. Bejeweled 2
  20. Bellator: MMA Onslaught
  21. Beyond Good & Evil HD
  22. Bionic Commando Rearmed 2
  23. Bloodforge
  24. Blood Knights
  25. Blood of the Werewolf
  26. BloodRayne: Betrayal
  27. Boom Boom Rocket
  28. Borderlands
  29. Braid
  30. Brain Challenge
  31. Call of Duty: Black Ops
  32. Call of Juarez Gunslinger
  33. Capcom Arcade Cabinet
  34. Carcassonne
  35. Castle Crashers
  36. Castlestorm
  37. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
  38. The Cave
  39. Centipede & Millipede
  40. Comic Jumper
  41. Comix Zone
  42. Condemned
  43. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  44. Crazy Taxi
  45. Crystal Quest
  46. Crystal Defenders
  47. Dark Souls
  48. Dark Void
  49. Dead Space
  50. Deadliest Warrior: Legends
  51. Defense Grid
  52. Deus Ex: Human Revolution
  53. Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director’s Cut
  54. Dig Dug
  55. Dirt 3
  56. Dirt Showdown
  57. Discs of Tron
  58. Domino Master
  59. Doom
  60. Doom II
  61. Doom 3: BFG Edition
  62. Doritos Crash Course
  63. Double Dragon: Neon
  64. DuckTales Remastered
  65. Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project
  66. Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara
  67. Dungeon Siege III
  68. Earthworm Jim HD
  69. Fable II
  70. Fable III
  71. Faery: Legends of Avalon
  72. Fallout 3
  73. Fallout: New Vegas
  74. Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon
  75. Feeding Frenzy
  76. Feeding Frenzy 2
  77. Final Fight: Double Impact
  78. Flashback
  79. Flock
  80. Fret Nice
  81. Frogger
  82. Frogger 2
  83. Galaga
  84. Galaga Legions DX
  85. Garou: Mark of the Wolves
  86. Gears of War
  87. Gears of War 2
  88. Gears of War 3
  89. Gears of War: Judgment
  90. Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved
  91. Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime
  92. Golden Axe
  93. Go! Go! Break Steady
  94. Grid 2
  95. Gripshift
  96. Half-Minute Hero: Super Mega Neo Climax
  97. Halo: Reach
  98. Halo: Spartan Assault
  99. Halo Wars
  100. Hardwood Backgammon
  101. Hardwood Hearts
  102. Hardwood Spades
  103. Heavy Weapon
  104. Hexic 2
  105. Hexic HD
  106. Hydro Thunder
  107. Gunstar Heroes
  108. I Am Alive
  109. Ikaruga
  110. Interpol: The Trail of Dr. Chaos
  111. Iron Brigade
  112. Jeremy McGrath’s Offroad
  113. Jet Set Radio
  114. Jetpac Refuelled
  115. Joe Danger Special Edition
  116. Joy Ride Turbo
  117. Just Cause 2
  118. Kameo
  119. Kane & Lynch 2
  120. The King of Fighters ’98
  121. Lazy Raiders
  122. Left 4 Dead
  123. Left 4 Dead 2
  124. Lego Batman
  125. Lego Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game
  126. Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga
  127. Lode Runner
  128. Lumines Live!
  129. Magic: The Gathering 2012
  130. Mars: War Logs
  131. Mass Effect
  132. Metal Slug 3
  133. Metal Slug XX
  134. Might & Magic Clash of Heroes
  135. Mirror’s Edge
  136. Missile Command
  137. Monaco: What’s Yours Is Mine
  138. Monday Night Combat
  139. Monkey Island: SE
  140. Monkey Island 2: SE
  141. Motocross Madness
  142. Ms. Splosion Man
  143. Ms Pac-Man
  144. Mutant Blobs Attack
  145. MX vs. ATV Reflex
  146. N+
  147. NBA Jam: On Fire Edition
  148. Neogeo Battle Coliseum
  149. Nights Into Dreams
  150. Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising
  151. Outland
  152. Pac-Man
  153. Pac-Man C.E
  154. Pac-Man CE DX+
  155. Pac-Man Museum
  156. Peggle
  157. Perfect Dark
  158. Perfect Dark Zero
  159. Phantasy Star II
  160. Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds
  161. Pinball FX
  162. Plants vs. Zombies
  163. Portal: Still Alive
  164. Portal 2
  165. Prince of Persia
  166. Putty Squad
  167. Puzzlegeddon
  168. Rayman 3 HD
  169. Rayman Origins
  170. Red Dead Redemption
  171. Red Faction: Battlegrounds
  172. R-Type Dimensions
  173. Runner 2
  174. Sacred 3
  175. Sacred Citadel
  176. Saints Row IV
  177. Sam & Max: Beyond Time & Space
  178. Sam & Max Save the World
  179. Samurai Shodown II
  180. Sega Vintage Collection: Alex Kidd & Co.
  181. Sega Vintage Collection: Monster World
  182. Sega Vintage Collection: Streets of Rage
  183. Shadow Complex
  184. Shank 2
  185. Skullgirls
  186. Small Arms
  187. Sonic & Knuckles
  188. Sonic CD
  189. Sonic The Fighters
  190. Sonic The Hedgehog
  191. Sonic The Hedgehog 2
  192. Sonic The Hedgehog 3
  193. Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode 1
  194. Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode II
  195. Soulcalibur
  196. Soulcalibur II
  197. South Park: The Stick of Truth
  198. Space Giraffe
  199. Spelunky
  200. Splosion Man
  201. SSX
  202. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
  203. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II
  204. Super Meat Boy
  205. Supreme Commander 2
  206. Syberia
  207. Tekken Tag Tournament 2
  208. Texas Hold ‘Em
  209. Ticket to Ride
  210. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas
  211. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas 2
  212. Torchlight
  213. Tour de France 2009
  214. Toy Soldiers
  215. Toy Soldiers Cold War
  216. Trials HD
  217. Tron: Evolution
  218. Ugly Americans: Apocalypsegeddon
  219. Unbound Saga
  220. Viva Piñata
  221. Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise
  222. The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
  223. Wolfenstein 3D
  224. XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  225. Zuma
  226. Zuma’s Revenge!

If you still are unable to find your favorite game here then don’t lose hope since Microsoft has said that it is in the process of holding discussions with all publishers and developers to add more games to this list.

 

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