Sony's PlayStation 4 Puts Microsoft's Xbox One to Shame

With the critical holiday season fading into the rear view mirror, the global battle for console dominance between Sony's (NYSE: SNE  ) PlayStation 4 and Microsoft's (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) Xbox One are changing gears.

Sony's PlayStation 4 won the first round, beating Microsoft's Xbox One last year. If if recent data is any indication, little has changed as we head further into 2014.

PlayStation 4's promising numbers
Recently, Sony went on the PR offensive, claiming that its PS4 has actually increased its dominance in the global video game market.

Stopping short of singling out Microsoft's Xbox One, Sony disclosed that the PS4 has outsold all other next-gen consoles in the U.S. by a factor of 2-to-1 in the United States in January.

Part of the sales surge appears to be that Sony's PlayStation 4 had been apparently suffering some rather serious supply constraint. However, Sony's PlayStation 4 also enjoys other noteworthy advantages over Microsoft's Xbox One, including slightly better graphics and a purchase price $100 lower then the Xbox One. So what does this mean for investors interested in both Microsoft or Sony?

In the following video, tech and telecom analyst Andrew Tonner discusses how this recent news doesn't bode well for Microsoft's gaming device in the months ahead.

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  • Report this Comment On February 22, 2014, at 10:24 PM, bluesky64 wrote:


    The more relevant point is AMD stock price will go to the moon with these great sales of the PlayStation. I'm glad game consoles are breaking all records again the owners of AMD stock will benefit most from these results. New price target is $ 10.75 Dec. 2014. Recent refinancing of debt give yearly saving and make AMD a much more stable and financially stable. This was proven out with Moody's upgrade last week. Recent blow out sales vents and raise Q1 result forecast.


  • Report this Comment On February 24, 2014, at 10:37 PM, kingraven24 wrote:

    This is bad journalism and predications. The fact is Microsoft is selling the Xbox One very well even though it's available in just 13 markets versus the PS4's 50+. On top of that, the $100 is well worth it considering how significantly more advanced the Kinect 2.0 is from its predecessor AND the PS Eye. The Xbox One is more difficult to code for, sadly, but Microsoft are already planning simpler developer tools to greatly improve speed, efficiency, and power capabilities for devs without requiring them to work so hard for lesser results. Tapping into that super-fast ESRAM will do wonders for the graphics on the XB1. On top of that, the XB1 has a much faster CPU and even a dedicated audio CPU to help crunch the numbers. The GPU core might be a bit larger on the PS4, but that doesn't mean it will always have better looking games. None of the multiplatform games look as good as they should on either console, like Battlefield 4 and Ghosts. But a game like Ryse looks incredible - better than anything I've seen so far on the PS4. But more importantly is the actual games being released. More unique experiences are on the XB1 and TitanFall is a behemoth of a game that is going to go nuclear on March 11 in the USA. The beta generated a monster of praise from all gamers and magazine writers and is definitely a ton of fun that CANNOT be had on the PS4 EVER. It's about games, and that's why the PS3 caught up to the 360 in 2012/2013 for sales, because they picked up games like Infamous and Last of Us to keep console sales up. This time, MSFT have put a lot of money into their game studios and are launching several new ones, with games like Project Spark, Halo, Gears of War, Fable, and several unnamed titles all to come in 2014-2015. Most people, whether a consumer or editor/writer, understand this. Few do not.

  • Report this Comment On February 25, 2014, at 8:06 AM, B2D wrote:

    You accuse the journelist and his/her predictions as bad 'Kingraven' but then later in your post you saying that 'Titanfall is a ton of fun that CANNOT be had on the PS4 ever'. With only 4 months of the consoles life, you cannot predict that at all and shows how ridiculous your comment is. What I find fun, you may not. It is subjective to ones tastes and perception.

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Andrew Tonner is a tech specialist for The Motley Fool. He is a graduate of The University of Arizona with a degree in Finance.

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