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PS4 vs Xbox One console wars sales

The console wars officially began last November when both platforms were released. The PlayStation 4 came out on the 15th while the Xbox One launched on the 22nd. While one could argue that the PS4 had a one week advantage over the Xbox One ultimately the difference should be negligible, 7 days isn’t much to look at. But enough about that, we’re here to discuss sales figures so let’s get on it.

Sony announced a few days ago that they’ve sold more than seven million units as of April 6, 2014 which is more than the company originally anticipated. Sony stated at the end of September 2013 that Play Station 4 sales are expected to reach 5 million by the end of March 2014. The PS4 game sales were equally impressive, with more than 20.5 million copies sold as of April 13. Sony also revealed that there will be about 120 PS4 games available by the end of the year, including upcoming titles. Andrew House, President and Group CEO of Sony Entertainment made the following statement about the sales:

“The response from the global gaming community for PS4 has been overwhelming and we are truly humbled that gamers are selecting PS4 as their next generation console of choice” while also adding that “The PS4 journey has just begun, and although we are still facing difficulties keeping up with the strong demand worldwide, we remain steadfast in our commitment to meet the needs of our customers, and surpassing the wildest expectations of gamers by delivering new user experiences that inspire and engage. We look forward to unveiling many of these experiences to our fans in the coming months.”

Microsoft have made an announcement as well, just a day after Sony I might add. It seems that up until now the Xbox One sold more than 5 million units. However, this represents the number of units shipped to retailers, not necessarily the number of consoles bought by users. On December 31, 2013 Microsoft announced that the Xbox One had crossed the 3 million milestone so maybe they actually managed to squeeze in another 2 million by now.

Microsoft also states that around 311.000 Xbox One consoles were sold last month just in the U.S. This is most likely thanks to Titanfall which was released on March 11 and was last month’s number one selling game. Xbox One and Xbox 360 combined sold a total of 4.1 million games in March, the number representing about 49% of the total software market share.

Pretty much all of the Xbox One sales figures were affected by the release of Titanfall. The console made a bit of a comeback last month but I’m guessing they still need a good number of exclusives to really get back into the fight. Only time will tell if Microsoft has what it takes to go neck and neck with Sony but for now chances are slim. Overall the PS4 is clearly dominating sales-wise and will probably continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

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  1. Only 5 mil and those are sold in’s, I’m guessing it means that the numbers actually sold into homes is not a huge figure.

  2. IF MS were near 5 million sold-thru, you’d expect them to wait a few days until they were, then announce it. Since they didn’t, I’d say they are no where near 5 million sold-thru.

  3. I like how all these post tal about sales numbers, but they always forget to mention that the xbox one is only available in 14 countries when the ps4 is available in 70+

    • They are however available in the countries that actually bought a 360 and selling less in each of those territories. Fact is price, message and perception are in Sony’s favor. But with a kart right round the corner, they better get ready for the Wii U

    • Andrew (Thinker)

      Well, this year, Japan sales for the Xbox 360 console was 3,700. But Japan sales of the PS3 was 176,424 according to VGChartz. Does this picture help you realize why the Xbox ONE has not launched in Japan yet?

  4. My question to MS fans; who cares if Xbone is not selling quite as fast. I have PS4, and I don’t give a shit its selling faster. Its just funny everytime something is said nice about Sony or MS, the other team has to chime in with “why they think’ something is skewed. EVERYONE, GROW UP AND LET IT GO. To each their own, both consoles are doing well, each has its own definition of what they think next-gen is supposed to be, both are doing things well, so shut up about such petty BS and enjoy your new console!!

  5. Andrew (Thinker)

    Based upon Vgchartz, the PS4 has sold approximately 7 million and Xbox ONE nearly 4.2 million. This gives the PS4 a very big lead over the Xbox ONE. But also observe that the PS4 is still experiencing supply constraints. These are the facts for what they are worth. The bottom-line is that Sony took the competition seriously and made the right moves.

    The PS4 gives gamers the added security that their next generation games will play at 1080p @ 60 fps (frames per second) comfortably. Whenever the PS4 drops below these performance specs, it is usually because the developers were using old PS3 software graphics engine and did not have time to upgrade it fully for the PS4 or in one instance there was a bug in their software which a simple fix resolved. Or the developer was deliberately targeting lower specs not knowing the eventual power of the console. Whatever the reason, this time around Sony delivered!

  6. MS XBO lost my purchase when then announced the mandatory camera connection and the games locked to a council I know they have changed that stance since then, but MS tipped their long term plans. I preordered two PS4s, and now just ordered a third. This is a complete switch to my previous councils, where I had two 360s, one PS3 and a Wii. I have no plans on getting an XBO.

  7. stelajohnson1984

    Xbox’s new pricing will certainly lead to more interest in the the console, there is a huge cult following for the Xbox Live platform and they will surely go out and buy drive up demand. Gamestop stand to http://goo.gl/IBSPDD

  8. Brad Schoenfeld

    these numbers mean nothing. The companies lose money on the consoles. Its all about games and microsoft because of windows 10 and the fact that people dont care about the brand they want access to the most games on one system. Microsoft is about to deliver that. Nintendo and Sony will be software only sooner rather than later. When you have an install base of windows built in, barring a huge f up microsoft 1. Could drop xbox tomorrow and it wouldnt effect their stock. (so they can experiment and do things slower and get them right), Comparing the two comapnies finacial positions doesnt even make sense. I honestly dont care who wins, but its going to be microsoft. ITS ALSO SO FRIGGIN EARLY, but again console sales alone tell you absolutely nothing unless one isnt selling at all.

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