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Xbox One vs PS4: Sony is still in the lead

The  Xbox One vs PS4 console wars sales didn’t reveal any big surprises for the month of May. Sony is still currently in the lead and Microsoft is doing a pretty poor job at catching up lately. VGChartz reports that a whooping 577.092 PS4 consoles were sold last month alone while the number of  Xbox One units sold was just 178.481. The huge difference is quite surprising, but the fact that the Wii U managed to sell 276.396 units is even more so. It’s common knowledge that Microsoft has been lagging behind Sony pretty much the entire time. Now it seems they’re losing more and more ground to Nintendo as well. No doubt the important game releases that happened in May were largely responsible for these results.

Sony greatly benefited from the release of Watch Dogs, which managed to sell more than 4 million copies in its first week. This not only made it the most successful new IP of all time, but also provided a massive boost to the company’s sales. Out of the 4 million copies, 1.86 million were purchased for the PS4. Meanwhile, Watch Dogs copies sold for the Xbox One only amounted to 898.780, which is almost half. Unsurprisingly, the release of the game affected console sales as well. Following the release of  Ubisoft’s blockbuster title, the number of PS4 units sold had almost doubled compared to previous weeks. One the other hand, Microsoft only saw an increase of about 25 percent over previous weeks.

While a Wii U version of Watch Dogs was not released, the console benefited from the launch of Mario Kart 8. The game managed to sell more than 1.12 million copies, thus surpassing Watch Dogs sales for every platform except the PS4. Mario Kart 8 is a testament that exclusive titles can sell just as good or often better than cross platform ones. Last month’s other big name, Wolfenstein: The New Order also sold better for the PS4 than on the Xbox One. However, the impact on the final results was much less noticeable than it was in the case of Watch Dogs.

Microsoft made some pretty big announcements lately, including the Kinect-free Xbox One and the addition of external storage support for the console. It is assumed that moves like this will help the company sell more units in the future, but will it be enough? What Microsoft really needs right now are some important exclusive titles if they really plan on catching up to Sony. We can expect some interesting and perhaps game changing announcements to be made at E3.

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  • William Perdomo

    Ps4 wins

  • davidc

    PS4 gas no good games and Sony will be bankrupt in 1-2 years. Traded my ps4 in 2weeks ago for xbox one. PS4 is a joke…not one game worth having…even mlb the show was so laggy online it was unplayable. Xbox one games and system in general are better by far. Ebay is overloaded with people trying to sell ps4…look it up.

    • rob

      Somebody call 911 cuz this guy rite here is a joke

    • TrueGamer

      Hahahaaaaa! You are a liar and a joke. PS4 wipes the floor with Xbone. And judging by the sales gap the vast majority of consumers agree. Fanboy.

      • Zorlac79

        Yeah, McDonalds sells more food than any other crap fast food company, does that mean it is better?

        It just goes to prove that the mass majority is completely fine with mediocrity, as long as it is cheaper.

        You should be proud to be a part of that group guys!

        • Evan

          I purchased both and after playing the “Better then anything” titanfall dead rising 3 and Ryse….I was extremely unimpressed.

          Have fun with an inferior product.

          Ps4 isnt leaps and bounds better but it plays games better. End of discussion for me. I want a gaming machine not a tv game box.

          • chris miller

            get a pc than you cheap pussy. You want a gaming machine but you own a console!? lol I feel bad for you. I enjoy 4k gaming meanwhile and my rig takes a hot steamy shit on ps4 and you fags sit around and argue about one crap console vs the other..yeah enjoy that..fuckin idiots

          • Zorlac79

            I agree. I would do that if it was that time for me, but it’s not.

            Barely time to game these days with a career, college, and a family.
            Miss the days when I could play all day. . . kinda.

          • chris miller

            Damb thats alot of stuff goiing on..I just have work and college and girlfriend and that seems like a shit ton of stuff but yeah I hear you. Build a pc one day though I promise you will not regret it. By the time you do 4k monitors will prob come down quite abit so you can jump in for 2 thousands bucks maybe that’s for monitor and rig powerful enough to play games at 4k. You definitely need a sli or crossfire setup for 4k though

          • Evan

            I prefer consoles over pc. Just theway I am. By gaming machine I was referring to the better gaming console.

            4k gaming and 120 fps. Thats wicked and one day maybe I will get it. However I just prefer the ease of use the consoles provide.

            Calling me a pussy and cheap for doing something I enjoy shows how childish the pc crowd is if you are one of them.

          • Zorlac79

            Never once, after selling my PS4 in December and buying an X1 right after, have I used it for TV. So it is time for you to get over your useless arguments.
            PS4 will obviously play games better, but the fact is, it doesn’t have any, and the few it has are crap.
            I am just surprised that it is still vastly outselling the other, oh wait, no I am not. Not with the sheeple crowd that infests this world these days.
            Eat McDonalds 3 times a day while playing that PS4 is the norm. Wondering why America is mostly obese? There ya go.
            It is that mentality. Faster, cheaper, easier. Forget better.

          • Evan

            You think xbox one players eat any better? Stop your useless ranting.

            I am not American either so not sure how that got thrown in there.

          • Zorlac79

            I am an American, so I see it daily.

            No, I don’t think X1 owners eat better, it was a concept, and one that went right over your head.

          • TotallyNotGlenn

            http://www.ign.com/wikis/xbox-one/PS4_Games_vs_Xbox_One_Games

            Xbox One has had fewer games for quite awhile, dude.

          • Zorlac79

            It wasn’t factual, it was based on concept. I could see how you wouldn’t understand that. . .

            I never said nothing about the indies, don’t add others arguments to mine unless I state them.

            If you look back, I didn’t fire off until people started with the childish comments like “inferior product” and such. I mainly retaliated against the nit wits above my first post.

            I stated “for me”, the PS4 has no good games, and that is why I traded mine for an X1. I like the PS4, but hate Sony.

            Seems others are far more worried about their console being the big seller, as they are insecure about their purchase and need justification that they did the right thing.

          • demfax

            Stop spreading fanboy lies, FUD, and hatred and get help.

        • Rick Rambo

          Though I do not agree with your statement, well said.

          • Zorlac79

            Thanks, wish others were mature enough to respond like you did.

            It takes an intelligent person to see reasoning in words, even if they don’t agree with them!

          • Evan

            Listen to your own words haha. Though your comments have been better 🙂

        • TotallyNotGlenn

          I know Microsoft is. 😉

        • justerthought

          That’s a very lame comparison. McDonalds food is perfect for the market it targets. You cannot use that to say what Sony offers is the same low budget quality. The quality of Uncharted and The Last of Us on PS3 cannot be matched by the xbox 360 due to the devs maxing out the power of the superior CELL. There will be nothing on XB1 that will be able to match the graphics power and gameplay of Uncharted 4 and The Last Of Us Remaster on PS4.

          PS3 3rd party games suffered because the CELL was too hard to programme so the devs just used the lame GPU for graphics. PS4 cures all that nonsense with it’s easy to programme architecture, powerful GPU and lots of fast GDDR5 RAM. Sony is a quality manufacturer. Only a fool would compare it to McDonalds.

          Your argument would stand up if the PS4 was cheaper and not as powerful as the XB1. But the PS4 is cheaper, superbly designed and a lot more powerful than the XB1. That makes you look stupid.

          • Zorlac79

            Oh no, you think I look stupid?

            What ever will I do now. . . I have failed in life, since justerthought thinks I look stupid.

            Those two were among my favorite games last gen, they were great. I want to know how you can see the future so well, and can say what you “know” about the X1 never having something that will look as good.

            We will see how Uncharted 4 turns out, with the original team being butchered and disbanded like it has been.
            TLoU remaster? Don’t care. Just played and beat it (loved it), so no need to play it again so soon. Not when time is short as it is for me.

            Honestly, when these good games start to come out, which will be a while down the road, then I will definitely get a PS4 again. Until then, there is no reason for me.

          • demfax

            Apparently PS4’s stronger hardware, ~4 million sales lead (9 million+ to 5), large number of 1st party developers, more games, and more developer support have microsoft fanboys extremely upset, causing them to spread lies, ignorance, and hatred. Thankfully everyone is ignoring these deranged children and buying PS4s like hotcakes anyway.

        • Ultima-X

          Just like how the wii and 360 were last gen? Now you can shut the hell up.

          • Zorlac79

            Wow, congrats on the useless post Ultima-X!

    • TotallyNotGlenn

      Meanwhile, I seriously doubt you ever had a PS4.

      And I don’t normally do this, and I have no evidence to support it, but looking at that last line of yours, I can’t resist joining the troll battle just this once.

      The only reason Ebay has so many PS4s for sale is because people actually bought them. Meanwhile, Amazon still has day one editions of the Xbox One in stock.

      Can’t sell what you never owned.

    • justerthought

      What, you traded in your PS4 for an XB1. You are either one dumb gamer or your telling lies. You had a really powerful piece of kit and swopped it for a lame multimedia machine just because you were too impatient to wait for the great games coming down the line.

      People sell stuff on Ebay. The more PS4 consoles out there in the wild, the more chance you will see it being sold. That has nothing to do with customer satisfaction. It’s a percentage of the overall sold.

      Anyway, I think you deserve the XB1 for being so dumb and believing all the xbox fanboy hype. You keep it so MS don’t go belly up because we need the competition to keep Sony on their toes.

    • Ultima-X

      If you’re trying to be a smart-ass, first you need to be smart. YOU ASS!

    • demfax

      Forzafailever stop spreading fanboy lies, FUD, and hatred and get mental help. Sad, sick in the head fanboy children. You constantly LIE and make things up to fuel your mentally ill hatred of a piece of plastic. Sad.

      Apparently PS4’s stronger hardware, ~4 million sales lead (9 million+ to 5), large number of 1st party developers, more games, and more developer support have microsoft fanboys extremely upset, causing them to spread lies, ignorance, and hatred. Thankfully everyone is ignoring these deranged children and buying PS4s like hotcakes anyway.

  • chris miller

    Oh and did I say consoles are for 12 year olds that cant afford pc’s well yeah they are for 12 year olds that cant afford pc’s..Enjoy that 1080p gaming though lol..so cutting edge

    • Oooo…look out. We got a badass over here

    • Rick Rambo

      Does that make PC for nerdy, fat, womanless douche bags that have some sort of arrogance because they play games with a keyboard and mouse? Neat……but not all fit in to your box.

    • Evan

      12 year olds usually rant about how everything they have/do is better then anyone else/thing.

      Oh hey there Chris.

    • fx

      consoles are for people who have friends and enjoy playing together with real life mates or for when you want to play sport / fighting games, pcs are for when you are all alone

    • demfax

      Some people want a console not a PC, and if they want the more powerful console they’re getting a PS4. Not surprisingly PS4 is 9 million+ to ~5 million Xbox Ones.

      Not everyone has the time, interest, or money to research and buy a bunch of parts, build the PC, install OS/drivers and get everything working, then file rebates. Consoles are still a viable financial market for a reason.

      Sad, sick in the head fanboy children.

  • kerra

    Wow…i just saw the xbox1 and ps4 side by side and i must say that the xbox1 looks like my old vcr?? WtF? Plus I heard it also has a power brick?? So how did sony make theirs smaller, with an internal power supply, better specs and still keep it affordable?? Ms should look at firing everybody who made that xb1 so utterely useless compared too the ps4.

  • justerthought

    As I predicted, the sales (user base) gap is actually getting wider, not closer. PS4 sells 577,092 and XB1 sells 178,481. It’s not even in the same ball park.

  • IdealisticJaggedDolt

    Really everyone! Does these rants on which console is better really make you feel better? I own an XB1 because I owned an XB360. People tend to go with what they know. I Have played both and both are a good bit of kit, both have the same type of games and both seem to be rolling out updates and exclusives at a good pace. For those individuals who are old enough to remember past console releases, this is just a repeat of the past, and is how gaming (in fact any sort of process) improves over time. Both consoles are still in there first year and both were probably released to early (Like all consoles are), give it a few years and both consoles will be running next to each on level pegging’s, eagerly awaiting for its big brother to be released.

    • TrollKiller1

      i had a 360 for years and switched to a ps4 because last years E3 bothered me so much…very glad I did

    • demfax

      There will be no parity if PS4’s stronger hardware is being pushed. In essentially every way, the PS4’s hardware is more powerful than the XBO’s.

  • Lol VGcharts. The site that uses “Rough Estimates” and is hated by every journalist. Great article mate

  • lol

    oh the ps4 fanboys are so eager to want to show how their console is superior. yet they dont run DX12 and run needless GDDR 5 memory. i think you guys need to go to college and learn about computers and see why the ps4 is not as “good” as you guys make it out to be. i have both of em and a gaming pc and my pc trashes both consoles, lol.

    • Guest

      I think you need to go to college if you really do think that basic level tech info is requiring of anything above simple home research, this stuff is so basic I would be surprised if any 101 course offered it. To add to it ‘their console is superior’, yes superior to both the Wii and Xbox in terms of power, but than a PC is not a console is it? they are not fighting PC, because in the end you get a game that looks not that much better (although usually still better) on a PC because they just port console versions, and then you PC master race sobs try to blame console owners when you should blame the companies for making bad orts. But by all means keep doing so, this gives the companies free reign to make bad ports while you fight the wrong people.

    • demfax

      Some people want a console not a PC, and if they want the more powerful console they’re getting a PS4. Not surprisingly PS4 is 9 million+ to ~5 million Xbox Ones.

      Not everyone has the time, interest, or money to research and buy a bunch of parts, build the PC, install OS/drivers and get everything working, then file rebates. Consoles are still a viable financial market for a reason.

      Sad, sick in the head fanboy children.

  • Darrell Robertson

    Sony Lost $100 Billion Since 2007. They will not even exist in another five years.

    • Guest

      Sony’s cash reserves of near a trillion japanese yen could cover that… that was market capitalization not actual company revenue, to add to it, its assets are a little over 150 billion, not including cash reserves, Sony has far to go for it to be in the state you state it as, come back to this page in 5 years and we will see, I’d bet money the company would take a lot longer to ‘die’. Continuing its assets including Playstation and the sony entertainment sub division would be picked up by an investor who sees the benefit of the console with a 1/3d higher adoption rate than microsoft. Then again microsoft seems to have made bad enough choices on its own with surface tablets, windows phones, and windows 8. Both companies are competing within different fields, and both are about 76 billion in revenues a year, both are fucking up in the non game area (although microsoft is losing that race for now)

    • demfax

      It’s sad PS4 is dominating so badly that ignorant microsoft fanboy shills are left desperately wishing Sony would go bankrupt. Keep dreaming, it’s not happening. Sony’s games division is making a profit and is well funded. Stop spreading fanboy lies, FUD, and hatred and get help.

      Apparently PS4’s stronger hardware, ~4 million sales lead (9 million+ to 5), large number of 1st party developers, more games, and more developer support have microsoft fanboys extremely upset, causing them to spread lies, ignorance, and hatred. Thankfully everyone is ignoring these deranged children and buying PS4s like hotcakes anyway.

      Sony is selling or splitting off their lossy businesses (Vaio, TVs) and focusing on their profitable divisions. This means they’ll soon cut their losses and start turning a profit. You should be worried if Sony WASN’T cutting those losing divisions, but they’re making the right business decisions. They won’t ever be an empire again but they aren’t going under.

      The gaming division and first party studios are well funded, are in a net profit, and working on PS4 games. During the quarter ending 31st December 2013 the Game business made a profit of $172m off the back of an impressive 64.6 per cent rise in sales year on year. Sony is in for a year or two of losses and restructuring, then provided their profitable divisions stay profitable, they’ll be on solid ground.

      Sony is still worth 18.7 billion (in market cap). They just aren’t bringing in enough revenue or profits to bring that number up, and for a time, and probably for a few quarters here or there for the next few years, they might lose money. They also obviously have working capital, because they have games in development right now, and are able to market their newest system and do what they have to do to sell their products. If Sony were on the brink of bankruptcy, we wouldn’t be seeing AAA game announcements with budgets ranging from $50-100 million dollars. If they were on the brink of bankruptcy, they wouldn’t be buying Gaikai, or investing in new tech such as Morpheus or the PS4. PS4 will make a net profit, and Sony won’t go bankrupt.

      Sony Game, Financial Services, Devices, Music, Mobile Products & Communications, and Pictures are all profitable divisions. They aren’t going anywhere, sorry.

      Sony’s market cap is 18.65 billion as of today (2014).
      Market cap in 2013 was 17.6 billion it has gone up since then.
      Sony is ranked #80 in world as the most valuable brand 2013.

      Sony is ranked #506 in the global 2000
      #87 in Sales
      #171 in Assets
      #547 in Market value
      78.72 billion dollars in sales in 2013

      Sony Games Division FY 1995-2013:
      -9+57+117+137+77-51+83+113+69.0+43+9-232-125-58-56+49.0+29+2-8 = 244 billion yen net profit

      Yes the games division is still a NET PROFIT even after the PS3 losses, PS1 and PS2 were just that successful.

      Sony still has over 18 billion in cash reserves, the loss they have is large no doubt about this, was already set aside in restructuring costs, by doing this now they are going to be saving in over 1 billion in costs! This takes time, and in that time if Sony did not do what the board has done it would have been far worse, over 2 billion in further losses.

      The point is playstation stock is not for public buy in. Sony has over 148 billion in physical assets, sony could indeed liquidate every thing except for smart phones, entertainment and playstation and still have paid off debt, and still have 18 billion on hand to invest back into the three core pillars of the company.

  • Jeremy Freeman

    What the hell is a Wii U? Cough, sniff, grunt. hehe

    • Josh Melton

      Lol

  • demfax

    Straw grasping.

    Xbox One will never catch up in global sales. PS4’s 1st place is secured.