Riding on the momentum it had built by the start of the year, PlayStation 4 (PS4) has once again emerged on top of the mountain last month.
According to the latest report from market research firm NPD, Sony's flagship console was the top-selling unit in the United States for the month of February, beating its stiffest rival, the Xbox One from Microsoft. The report was confirmed by a Sony representative, according to a report from gaming website Gamespot.
Moreover, it was also the fourth straight month that the PS4 had dominated the home console landscape, also beating the now defunct Wii U of Nintendo. Sony was able to defend its spot through the help of a number of hit releases, namely, the character action game "Nioh" from Team Ninja, "Resident Evil" by Capcom, which featured a virtual reality support that was exclusive to the PSVR; and "Horizon Zero Dawn," which has received praises from gaming critics.
Meanwhile, Microsoft released a statement saying that Xbox One registered an 11 percent increase in global game hours played year-over-year, while the console enjoyed a 35 percent increase in its global unique multiplayer users, compared to 2016. Their success in February was buoyed by titles "For Honor," "Halo Wars 2," and "Grand Theft Auto IV" in their backward compatibility program.
Earlier this month, PS4's "Horizon Zero Dawn" has beaten Nintendo's "Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild" for the top spot in the U.K. charts to become the biggest new IP launch for the console in the U.K., ever. Furthermore, the game also became the biggest launch of the year for any label, and Sony's most successful launch since it came out with "Uncharted 4: A Thief's End."
Guerilla Games earlier shared the challenges they faced in their transition from creating "Killzone," a first-person shooter game, to building "Horizon Zero Dawn." The game took the top spot from "For Honor," which fell to number five.