That’s a 2:1 ratio this generation
A report by video games research firm, Electronic Entertainment Design and Research (EEDAR), has revealed some insight on the progress of current-generation consoles. The firm presented their report during this year’s Game Developers Conference and now, the report is available online and can be viewed here.
According to the report, Microsoft Corporation’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) Xbox One is currently at 20 million consoles sold worldwide, as of December 2015. This is an estimate based on the data the firm has gathered, the actual numbers may be more or less.
Microsoft’s console has been holding the second spot tightly this generation thus far. Sony Corp.’s (NYSE:SNE) PlayStation 4 is placed close to 40 million units sold. The last official numbers from Sony placed the console at 36 million back in January, so the report has arrived at a safe conclusion.
Microsoft has always been shy of sharing the sales of Xbox One from the beginning. The firm has never revealed sold-through numbers and instead relied on shipped-to-retailer figures or consolidated Xbox One and Xbox 360 hardware sales together in their earnings reports.
It would not be wrong to say that PlayStation 4 has almost double the sales of Microsoft’s console, a situation that is likely to stick around for the entirety of the eight generation. On the other hand, Xbox 360 is sitting at around 81 million lifetime sales, but PlayStation 3 has emerged as the victor of last-generation with around 82 million sales. That is an impressive achievement considering Microsoft had a 10 million unit head-start by the time PlayStation 3 entered the market.