This generation of Xbox Ones doesn’t do as well as the PS4 in opening up global markets, so Microsoft hasn’t officially released Xbox One sales data since 2015, forcing players and media to seek third-party help.
Interestingly, however, AMD, which supplies chips to both consoles, missed the day this time. In a recent financial briefing, AMD said the PS4 and Xbox One sold 150 million units. Just this spring, Sony had just said in its earnings report that the PS4 sold about 109 million units, which means that the Xbox One is currently selling 41 million units. In other words, the Sony PS4 sold a full 68 million units more than Microsoft’s Xbox One!
The gap has widened since the last time it was able to compare sales volumes by comparing authoritative digital statistics. The 2018 EA report shows that Xbox One sales lag behind PS by about 50 million units, and the gap has widened by 18 million units in two years, with the PS4 outperforming the Xbox One in this generation alone.
Sony certainly wants to extend that momentum to the next generation, while Microsoft is eager to turn the tables in the next generation. Both new hosts will go on sale this winter, so let’s see.