the competition is less tight than we thought

Microsoft finally reveals how its Xbox One has sold less well than Sony’s PS4.

In the home console market, three giants are vying for a coveted crown: Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft. If these are not the only companies to produce machines for gaming, these are all the same manufacturers who have dominated the sector and have done so for more than 20 years. The tension is all the greater between Sony and Microsoft, since the two behemoths literally play in the same court.

Over the years, their consoles have always echoed each other, and when one took the lead, the other usually followed right behind. Since the release of the latest generation consoles, the PS5 and Xbox Series, the two companies have been neck and neck more than ever… although this has not always been the case. Indeed, it’s common knowledge that Sony has always had a head start in terms of sales, and this is confirmed not only with the PS5 (for now) but also in the golden age of the PS4.

Currently in front of the Brazilian authorities, Microsoft takes the opportunity to reveal to us how Sony was ahead of it a few years ago. In the documents that are currently being examined by the competition regulation committee, it is stated that “Sony has overtaken Microsoft in console sales, having sold more than twice as many Xboxes in the last generation.”

An estimate revised downwards

No precise figures to put in your mouth therefore, but it is a monumental discovery when you consider that Microsoft has not communicated its sales figures for several years. To our surprise, the Xbox One therefore sold half as well as the PS4, which leaves Sony a considerable margin. Taking into account that Sony has sold at least 117 million PS4s, the Xbox One has therefore sold less than 58 million copies.

Today, the production of the console has been stopped, so there is no question for Microsoft to make more money on the old generation. And with the PS5 and Xbox Series, the trend doesn’t seem to be reversing. If Microsoft is back in force on the front of the video game scene with the most powerful console on the market, experts estimate that the PS5 has already sold twice as much as the Xbox Series X.

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