We’ve known for some time that the PS4 has had the edge in the console war so far – comfortably outselling the Xbox One in every comparison so far, but could it be heading towards taking a decisive lead? New figures suggest the console is outselling its rival by three PS4s for every one Xbox One sold.
The analysis comes courtesy of MCV, and like every comparison, it isn’t quite bullet proof – but does appear indicative.
In an earnings call last week Sony apparently revealed that 3.5m PS4s and PS3s in the quarter ending June 30th. That’s both consoles: Though MCV notes that PS3 sales have been called “weak” – so it doesn’t take a genius to figure out the vast majority of those sales are going to be PS4s.
Meanwhile over at Microsoft in the same period it has reported that it shipped 1.1m Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles – presumably with those similar generational caveats applying. So this would indeed mean the PS4 has something like a 3:1 advantage.
It might not all be over for Microsoft yet: Apparently the removal of Kinect from the Xbox One (and the proceeding price cut) only affected three weeks worth of sales in the period – so sales could have rocketed up since. Maybe.
What is interesting though is the emerging gap: As the PS4 is out-selling the Xbox One at this rate, eventually the install-base between the two consoles is going to be wildly disparate. Could we reach a point where the PS4 is so overwhelmingly popular every opts for that, as the more reliable platform choice? (You’ll want to play online with your friends, and get the console that will attract the most developers after all). Perhaps this generation could end up more like the PS2 than PS3 – where instead of console sales being fairly evenly matched the Playstation dwarfed its competitors?
By James O'Malley | August 1st, 2014