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PlayStation 4 Will Soon Double Xbox One in Sales


The Xbox One can't seem to escape unfavorable comparisons with Sony's (NYSE: SNE  ) PlayStation 4. Even prior to the official unveiling of Microsoft's (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) latest console, a controversy involving the system's planned implementation of an anti-used games mechanism and an online connectivity requirement had the company doing damage control and playing catch-up. Now, PlayStation 4's graphical advantage and substantial sales lead generates ongoing stories that the Xbox brand must contend with.

Sony had sold more than 7 million PS4s to consumers as of April 6. By comparison, Microsoft's recent fiscal report has the Xbox One at 5 million units shipped to retailers. The distinction between sold and shipped is particularly relevant in this case, as substantial Xbox One stock has built up in retail channels. Lifetime-to-date sales of the system are somewhere just north of 4 million units. Unless Microsoft implements a price drop sooner than anticipated, Sony's PlayStation 4 will soon double the Xbox One in sales.

Xbox One faces major demand drop-off
At the beginning of January, Microsoft announced that it had sold over 3 million Xbox One consoles to consumers. The company's fiscal report shows 2 million Xbox consoles shipped to retailers in the last quarter, 1.2 million of which were Xbox Ones. The fact that Microsoft is reporting combined sales of its platforms is itself a bit worrisome, but a recent announcement from the company's CFO that manufacturing of the One may slow or temporarily cease gives a clear indication that the console is not moving as quickly as Microsoft had anticipated. 

PS4 has huge European momentum lead
In a March 3 blog post, Sony took to the net to celebrate its latest console surpassing 6 million units sold to consumers. A little more than a month later, the company was again announcing good news through the official PlayStation blog, this time cheering the PlayStation 4's passing of the 7 million units sold mark.

While the PS4 has been routinely outperforming the Xbox One in North America, the reported sales gap in the territory is actually less than half a million units. Japan, similarly, accounts for a relatively small portion of PlayStation 4's global sales lead. LTD numbers for Sony's newest console in Japan are just above half a million units, and momentum has slowed dramatically. The real difference maker has been Europe, where Sony's console is outperforming Microsoft's by huge margins.


Sales tracking from NPD Group puts North American sales of the Xbox One at approximately 714,000 units for the months January through March. That would likely put European sales for the period at a little over 300,000. Of the approximately 1 million units that PlayStation 4 sold between March and April, 370,000 units came from the U.S., while sales in Japan accounted for approximately 120,000 units sold. This means that Sony's console sold approximately 500,000 units in Europe and other territories in the span of one month, more than Microsoft managed across an entire quarter.

Where are we now?
Sales of PlayStation 4 have dropped considerably in Japan. The system is on track to sell about 60,000 units in April. Assume that PlayStation 4 sells 350,000 North American units in the month, and that the Xbox One sells 300,000 units in the same time period. If the two platforms maintain their levels of European sales, the PlayStation 4 would be very close to 8 million global sales, while the Xbox One would be sitting at approximately 4.4 million units sold.

If sales continue at roughly the same levels as those from March and April, sales of PlayStation 4 are on track to double those of Xbox One by the middle of July. Beyond its launch window, Sony's console has been selling approximately 1 million units per month. In comparison, Microsoft's system has been posting approximately 400,000 units per month. This trend would have the PS4 nearing 11 million units sold by the end of July, while the Xbox One would be somewhere in the neighborhood of 5.5 million. It's likely that both consoles will see some sales drop-off in the coming months, so those numbers may be a touch optimistic, but present demand suggests that sales decline will hit Xbox One harder. The PS4 could double its rival's sales even sooner.


Has Sony wrapped up market leadership for the generation?
At the beginning of the last hardware cycle, Microsoft officials cited earlier generations and stated that the first console to sell 10 million units would be the one to control the market. While the winner of the last round of the console wars and the value of passing 10 million sales first as an indicator remains debatable, it's clear that the PlayStation 4 will reach that milestone long before Xbox One. Microsoft's ability to shift the momentum depends on the introduction of an effective price reduction and whether or not it can convince consumers that its system offers better games and services than the competition.

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  • Report this Comment On April 29, 2014, at 2:47 PM, wookietim wrote:

    There is something just not making sense here... If the PS4 is outselling the Xbox one in a 2:1 ratio, then how come none of the ancillary numbers show that? Games sales seem to be slightly in the Xbox One's favor... Twitch broadcasting seems to be pretty heavily weighted towards the Xbox...

    Something doesn't make sense. Because as things stand, the only way to explain the disparity between console sales and the lack of game sales is that a few million people bought a PS4 and have never taken it out of the box...

  • Report this Comment On April 29, 2014, at 2:52 PM, JJ82 wrote:

    There is no chance the One can recover because MS has still shown no indication that they understand their current "vision" of the future is wrong.

    They will keep pushing the idea that consumers want a gaming system that's actually an entertainment system and thus will take no steps at all to remove the things that is making the One even more subpar than it would be without the things taking even more power away from its games.

    The Kinect and Windows 8 keeping apps in memory for instant use while gaming.

    The same will keep happening as they have been to Windows based tablets and smartphones as well as PCs and Laptops.

    The vision MS is pushing is a failed one as its filled with MS bloatware that wont stand up to competition in any market, because companies are making separate products that focuses on those markets and thus are superior products compared to the bland crap MS is making, that does nothing well, because its trying to do too much.

  • Report this Comment On April 29, 2014, at 3:02 PM, JJ82 wrote:

    @wookietim Your information is wrong. Both systems are selling around the same amount of games per system sold.

    And what does TWITCH have to do with consoles sold? The thing that doesn't make sense, is your train of thought in trying to find some way to dismiss actual information.

    And why you feel the need to do it...

  • Report this Comment On April 29, 2014, at 3:46 PM, Cheeks1019 wrote:

    I honestly dont feel like investing into a system with cheap controllers and for that reason I will not purchase a PS4 and go with the XBox one! The feeling of torn rubber on my thumbsticks is just not my thing besides I much prefer the exclusive games anounced on the XBOX ONE. Yes, most people would go with the PS4 instead of the XBOX ONE because its cheaper. Then again, most people are slow and tend to follow the crowd in this world and of course living in a recession now a days makes it more likely for people to go with Sony. Of course I am not among that crowd of sheep. XBOX ONE it is! Killer Instinct here I come :))))))?

  • Report this Comment On April 29, 2014, at 4:17 PM, wookietim wrote:

    @JJ82 : If you look at the games sales, you will see an interesting trend - Xbox One games tend to sell better than PS4 games. "Titanfall" has sold twice what the PS4 "Infamous" sold for example. (And I am limitig that to only the console sales of each since Titanfall is available for the 360 and PCs).

    And Twitch is another metric to look at. If both consoles can broadcast their games and one is very much out pacing the other, then that is an added bit of data.

    Simply put I think Sony is lying. They have a history of lying about their numbers - remember when the Sony Move supposedly sold 4 million units... until they admitted they only sold 2 million? Did you know that the Spiderman movies never made a profit according to Sony's accounting?

    Sony has a history of actually lying about these things. I posit that they are doing so again.

  • Report this Comment On April 29, 2014, at 5:26 PM, DarklingLewis wrote:


    I somewhat disagree with what you are saying. First Titanfall XB1 has sold approx 1.5M copies and inFamous sold approx 1.1M (VGChartz).

    Regarding Twitch, PS4 has had Twitch from launch. XB1 recived it later and it caused a surge in usage. Also the PS4 has 2 streaming options Twitch and Ustream so the user base is divided.

    Xbox is still going strong but until the true next gen games arrive Playstation has the edge, mostly due to the fact its available in more countries, especially here in Europe.

  • Report this Comment On April 29, 2014, at 7:46 PM, nanarchy wrote:

    both consoles are experiencing a serious decline in sales numbers. ps4 is not going to double the One anytime in the forseeable future as it's sales now that the initial demand has been met have declined to the point where they no longer selling anywhere near double. e.g. the latest week is about 130k vs 90k.

  • Report this Comment On April 29, 2014, at 10:16 PM, awang0718 wrote:

    PS4 will likely always remain ahead of Xbox One, but PS4 will never double Xbox One sales. There is no way PS4 will sell 11 million units in July (which equates to 1 million units sold per month), unless the PS4 can recieve one big exclusive (like Infamous Second Son) every month from now until July. That won't happen.

    I imagine PS4 selling 9 million units by the end of July, which is still a hell of a lot more than Xbox One, but not double. Like nanarchy said, PS4 and Xbox One sales are going to drop off a cliff, especially when no major games will hit those consoles until Watchdogs, which is a cross-generation game that likely will not push monthly sales numbers by much.

    PS4 and Xbox One need exclusives, but after Titanfall and Infamous, there seems to be a lack of exclusives for the next 4-6 months.

    The initial demand is gone. PS4 will not continue to sell 1 million units to month Sales will drop down to about 500000 units per month until the holidays.

  • Report this Comment On April 29, 2014, at 10:20 PM, GamerGod wrote:

    LOL So much for Titanfall selling X1s.

    Also PS4 will be over 10mil buy July easy.The sales have not slowed down and are up from March. The PS4 has been the fastest selling electronic (beating the iPhone) off all time.

    What would prevent people from buying the PS4 just because there are no major exclusives when it has already been crushing the comp? Watch Dogs will boost the PS4 sales even more as it is the lead platform.

    LOL@ initial demand is gone when PS4 is still dominating Amazon and I still have not seen one in stores.Get your facts straight buddy.

  • Report this Comment On April 29, 2014, at 10:25 PM, GamerGod wrote:

    @ wookietim Titanfall has not sold nowhere near double the amount of infamous, plus you have to count bundled versions of TF.

    MGS also sold better on the PS4 which would cut into the sales of infamous and TF was out almost two weeks before Second Son. Nice way to manipulate the facts.

    MS$ are the ones who lie about numbers and count shipped instead of sold. Global sales tracking sites have backed Sony's claim so what are you talking about? Killzone and Knack have both outsold Ryse and Forza and the PS4 has sold much more software combined.

  • Report this Comment On April 29, 2014, at 10:28 PM, GamerGod wrote:

    @Cheeks1019 you are an idiot. I would take a cheap controller over a cheap console any day.

    I guess you forgot about the RROD already? So most people bought an Xbox360 due to the recession and price as well right?

    People are buying the PS4 because it is better like most people I know who had a 360 ROFL. X1 xannot even run in 1080p/60fps and you are talking about cheap.

  • Report this Comment On April 30, 2014, at 12:19 AM, chris9465 wrote:

    xbox one has an expensive kinect sensor but no worth while games or GPU what games require to be one was dead on arrival.....

  • Report this Comment On April 30, 2014, at 12:35 AM, BernadetN wrote:

    pS4 has sold 7.1 million units so far WiiU 6.1 and X1 4 million with this years line up WiiU will crush PS4 because all the games on PS4 and X1 are also on PC and with gaming laptops and desktops being so much cheaper than they use to PC is definetly the best way to go. pS4 does not have video chat, no media sharing capabilities with PC won't even read a music cd, the library of games sucks its got no backwards compatibility not even a YouTube app it won't read audio or video from a jumdrive???? All of which the WiiU can do not to mention its got the superior web browser its faster and the interface is way better plus you surf the web with a touchpad not a gaming controller all the ps4 is is a poor excuse foe a blue raY player a next Gen video gaming console? No way.

  • Report this Comment On April 30, 2014, at 12:48 AM, ovan01 wrote:

    All things considered, I think the only thing that can boost xbox one sales is more great exclusive games, just hope MS realizes this sooner rather than later.. just focus on games rather than the original xbox programming, it might be a good idea sure, but right now games are just that much more important.

  • Report this Comment On April 30, 2014, at 1:24 AM, ScuzzyB wrote:

    Bringing up the RROD isn't a valid point, as Sony and the PSN had security problems that far surpassed the issues the 360 had, resulting in the complete loss of the network and online play for months and months. Sony does have a history of inflating numbers and misrepresenting data, and where I live I see PS4s on the shelves all the time, so I don't think the supply is as limited as everyone is saying.

    Whether sales double or not (I don't see it happening), September everything will change as the Xbox One will be the ONLY console for sale in CHINA. Somehow that fact was left out of the article, and yet it seems somehow relevant.

  • Report this Comment On April 30, 2014, at 4:50 AM, CRASH77 wrote:

    Wow, so many Msoft fanboys here.

    The ps4 is selling better because its a better system. that is a fact people. Its more powerful, and it still has all the nice little aps the xbox has. So think for a second and take the xbox boner out of your mouth. Take all the names msoft, no sony... just two machines.. wouldn't you buy the console that outperforms the other? And that save you $100 buy not forcing you to buy a camera no one uses?

    Sony has better exclusives as well, unless your a die hard halo fan, or gears of war fan..

  • Report this Comment On April 30, 2014, at 5:11 AM, CRASH77 wrote:

    @ScuzzyB Number 1, Msoft has been hacked many times, but no big deal came about the times because no one knew, Sony was warned in videos by "Anonymous" That they would hack them over something unrelated to gaming. Then Anonymous hacked PSN. It was hacked once and when it happened, sony fixed it, and gave free games as an apology, they then imporoved their security.

    Number 2, China had a ban on all consoles since 2000, and xbox 1 wont be the only one there. Sony, and Nintendo will be there as well. China gamers don't like expensive consoles so they may not go for it, right now they use modded consoles, and they don't pay full price for them.

  • Report this Comment On April 30, 2014, at 7:33 AM, Ebby720 wrote:

    You know I hear all about the PS4, and maybe it is world wide, but there are plenty for resale on Craigslist at below retail, there are new boxes for sale online....and I know because I'm going to get one to go with the Xbox One.....but would the Xbox sales been different if there were platform only games for sale on the One...and not on the 360......until Halo and Gear come out, until the games only are on the Xbox One, the sales will be muted....I know people with PS 4 that I've contacted on Craigslist that say they thought the PS4 would be more than the PS3 then it turned out.

  • Report this Comment On April 30, 2014, at 2:04 PM, brettone2002 wrote:

    I feel bad for the PS4 games with my tastes - love forza, titanfall, and fifa, everything else is blah, I guess the PS4 crowd with similar tastes plays a lot of fifa lol

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