Microsoft has finally revealed the huge sales gap between the Xbox One and PS4 consoles.
While you may have noticed that the PS4 outsold the Xbox One, Microsoft has always kept quiet about its console sales numbers. Now, though, the company has finally revealed the disparity, and it’s not pretty.
Microsoft admits that the PS4 outsold the Xbox One by roughly two units to one. the tech giant presented a document to the national competition regulatory body in Brazil. The main argument here, translated from Portuguese, is as follows:
“Sony has overtaken Microsoft in terms of console sales and installed base, having sold more than double the Xbox in the last generation,” says Microsoft according to game brightnesstranslation of.
Microsoft has yet to reveal exactly how many Xbox One consoles are sold. However, Sony’s latest reported number for PS4 console sales is approximately 117.2 million. If Microsoft sold half that number, we’re looking at around 58.6 million Xbox One consoles, or even less.
An unshakable reputation
There are a few reasons for the Xbox One’s relatively mediocre sales performance. On the one hand, you might remember the disastrous marketing of the console in the run-up to launch: the console was originally set to require an online connection at all times, and any physical game installed on your Xbox One would be tied to your console and your console. alone.
It was a scheme that would have effectively rendered the disks useless after the initial installation. It was an attempt to eliminate the second-hand market for Xbox One games, but Xbox fans were horrified by the change. It was a shocking mistake by Microsoft and Sony was more than happy to scoff. remember the famous PS4 game sharing tutorial (opens in new tab)?
Moments like that, and Microsoft’s initial emphasis on pushing the Kinect motion camera, initially detracted from the Xbox One’s mass appeal. Fortunately, a day one patch removed the requirement to always be online for the console, but the damage had already been done.
It may have stumbled over the blocks, then, but Microsoft ended up turning the Xbox One into a console worth buying. Many of the best Xbox One games still boast impressively high Metacritic review score averages. And the introduction of the Xbox Game Pass subscription service gave the console a unique and serious selling point over the competition.
Just as the failure of the Wii U informed the development of the Nintendo Switch, the Xbox One laid vital foundations for the Xbox Series X|S consoles. Microsoft’s current-gen powerhouses are much more consumer-friendly. They even feature Game Pass as an important service and include amazing quality of life features like Smart Delivery and the wonderful Quick Resume.