Microsoft finally Xbox One sales were less than half of PS4

Microsoft finally Xbox One sales were less than half of PS4

Microsoft finally admits that Xbox One sales were less than half of PS4: We haven’t had official Xbox One sales figures for 7 years. Microsoft finally Xbox One sales were less than half of PS4. Official Xbox One sales have largely been a mystery, but now Microsoft is finally admitting the obvious: the PS4 outsold the Xbox One — by a lot.

Microsoft finally admits Xbox One sales were less than PS4

Microsoft stopped reporting its Xbox One sales figures at the beginning of its 2016 financial year, focusing instead on Xbox Live numbers. The change meant we’ve never officially known how well Xbox One was holding up compared to the PS4 after the Xbox One’s troubled launch. Analyst estimates have consistently put Microsoft in third place behind Sony and Nintendo, and now documents (Word doc) submitted to Brazil’s national competition regulator (spotted by Game Luster) finally shed some light on how the Xbox One generation went.

Microsoft finally Xbox One sales were less than half of PS4
Microsoft finally Xbox One sales were less than half of PS4

“Sony has surpassed Microsoft in terms of console sales and installed base, having sold more than twice as many Xbox in the last generation,” admits Microsoft, as translated from Portuguese.

Sony no longer report PS4 shipments, which means lifetime sales sit at 117.2 million as of March. While Microsoft hasn’t provided a concrete sales number for Xbox One, its admission means the company must have sold less than approximately 58.5 million units. That lines up with market research from Ampere Analysis in 2020, which put the install base of Xbox One at 51 million units at the end of Q2 2020. Nintendo Switch currently sits at 111.08 million lifetime sales, and looks set to pass the PS4 later this year.

Xbox One sales were less than PS4
Xbox One sales were less than PS4

Microsoft is finally admitting

Microsoft seems to be closing this giant gap with its Xbox Series S / X consoles, though. Ampere Analysis says “Sony ended 2021 with PS5 cumulative sell-through reaching 17 million units, around 1.6 times the performance of Xbox Series sales.” While Microsoft recoded a quarterly hardware revenue decline for Xbox recently, CEO Satya Nadella said Microsoft has “been the market leader in North America for three quarters in a row among next-gen consoles.” Microsoft still doesn’t reveal official Xbox sales figures.

The Xbox One might not have sold well, Microsoft finally Xbox One sales were less than half of PS4, but Microsoft’s work on the Xbox One generation laid some important groundwork for the Xbox Series S / X. Microsoft transitioned into the Xbox Series X with 1440p support, Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), and lots of 120Hz games all at launch thanks to testing these features on previous Xbox One consoles.

Microsoft’s admission of disappointing Xbox One sales is part of a larger argument between Sony and Microsoft over the Xbox maker’s $68.7 billion purchase of Activision Blizzard. As Microsoft tries to get its acquisition in Brazil approved, Sony and Microsoft are fighting over Call of Duty, game subscriptions, and much more. In documents submitted to Brazil’s regulatory body, Microsoft also asserted that Sony paid for “blocking rights” to stop developers from uploading their games to Xbox Game Pass.

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