Xbox isn’t happy after figures suggested 70% of the “next gen” machines that have been sold were Playstation 4s.
Game maker Electronic Arts told its investors that sales of the current console generation – famously dubbed the ‘next gen’ machines when they launched – totalled 103million by the end of 2017.
Now Xbox will not reveal exactly how many Xbox One consoles have been sold since the machine launched in 2013, mostly likely because they know they’re well behind rival Sony.
But Playstation, being the market leader, do confidently reveal sales figures.
So it doesn’t need a genius to work out Xbox sales once you take off Playstation’s whopping 73.6m units up to 2017 year end.
It means 70% of consoles between the big two that are out there in people’s homes are PS4s.
And languishing well behind, using the above figures, is the Xbox One family of machines which presumably make up for the other near-30m.
Xbox denies the figures, saying they’re “inaccurate”. But they still won’t give us a figure.
All Xbox will say is: “Regardless, we are focused on delivering amazing gaming experiences to players on all devices and engagement is our measure of progress.
“We just announced a record start to the year with Xbox Live monthly active users up 13% to 59 million.”
In 2013, Xbox had been for a long time the market leader with its Xbox360 machine. Sony’s PS3 eventually pretty much caught up on sales but always lagged behind.
That all changed when these new beasts hit the stores, Xbox lost the battle of the consoles very quickly because it took its focus off gaming to try to make the Xbox One an all-in-one machine, with TV support, an always online policy and the Kinect motion-sensor device.
Those choices were unpopular and gamers started turning in their droves to the PS4, a machine that was slightly more powerful but promised and out-and-ot gaming console “for the players”.
Xbox hasn’t ever recovered, even though their new Xbox One X machine is now the most powerful home console on the market.
Kyle Orland, of Ars Technica, said: “Despite the grim comparison for Microsoft, there are signs that the Xbox One’s relative sales problems are not distributed evenly worldwide.
“The system has performed historically badly in the Japanese market, while the Xbox One outsold the PS4 in the United States as recently as December, according to NPD.
“There are other reports that suggest the Xbox One is relatively stronger in North America than other regions, which can be obscured by worldwide statistics.
“Microsoft stopped directly reporting on Xbox One unit sales years ago and these days says that ‘engagement,’ rather than raw console unit sales, are the company’s “key metric for success.”
“The company points to 59 million active Xbox Live users as a sign of the health of its gaming business, though much of that number likely represents users of the Windows 10 Xbox app and not the console side of the business.”
Anthony Nash, of PlaystationLifestyle, also added: “Though it certainly seems like the ‘console wars’ for this generation have been decided, it’s still surprising to see Sony with such a huge lead, especially considering how the last generation of consoles went for both companies.
“With the next generation of consoles likely fast approaching, it will be interesting to see what the final tally of sales ends up being for both companies, but this just goes to show that every console cycle is different.”