For the first time, Microsoft admitted that it sold far fewer consoles than Sony during the last generation. Less than half, to be precise.
For the first time, Microsoft has publicly admitted that it has sold far fewer consoles than Sony over the past generation. It was, so to speak, a Pulcinella secret already known to everyone, including consumers.
The ‘revelation’ comes to us directly from the lawyers representing Microsoft before the Brazilian antitrust – where, as in many other parts of the world, the possible consequences of the acquisition of Activision Blizard are discussed . Microsoft must prove that it does not have a dominant position on the gaming console market, therefore highlight all its difficulties compared to Sony – which for several generations has been selling more consoles and has some of the most played and appreciated exclusives by the public – here plays to his advantage.
For many years, Microsoft has no longer communicated official data on the number of consoles sold, so we only have estimates, often produced by independent market analyzes. Again, lawyers haven’t revealed precisely how many Xbox Ones have been sold over the past generation.
The lawyers have limited themselves to writing, in black and white, that the number of PS4 consoles sold is more than double that of the Xbox One. A few months ago, Sony announced that around 116 million Playstation 4s had been sold throughout its lifecycle . It means that the Xbox One has not been able to exceed the 60 million unit ceiling.