Official Xbox One sales have largely been a mystery, but now Microsoft is finally admitting the obvious: The PS4 pretty much sold the Xbox One.
Microsoft stopped reporting its Xbox One sales figures in the early 2016 fiscal year, instead focusing on Xbox Live numbers. The change means we may never officially know how well the Xbox One was holding up compared to the PS4 following the troubled launch of the Xbox One. Analyst estimates have consistently put Microsoft in third place behind Sony and Nintendo, and now a document (word doc) submitted to Brazil’s national competition regulator (spotted by GameLuster) has finally shed some light on how the Xbox One generation is going to be. Has gone.
“Sony has overtaken Microsoft in terms of console sales and installed base, having sold more than double the Xbox in the previous generation,” Microsoft acknowledged as translated from Portuguese.
Sony no longer reports PS4 shipments, meaning lifetime sales as of March stand at 117.2 million. While Microsoft hasn’t provided a solid sales number for the Xbox One, its admission means the company would have sold less than about 58.5 million units. This is in line with Ampere Analysis’s market research in 2020, which put the Xbox One’s install base at 51 million units at the end of the second quarter of 2020. The Nintendo Switch currently sits at 111.08 million lifetime sales, and is set to pass the PS4 later. year.
However, Microsoft seems to be closing this huge gap with its Xbox Series S/X console. “Sony ended 2021 with PS5 cumulative sales reaching 17 million units, roughly 1.6 times the sales performance of the Xbox Series,” says Ampere Analysis. While Microsoft recently reported a quarterly hardware revenue decline for Xbox, CEO Satya Nadella said that Microsoft “has been the market leader in North America for three consecutive quarters among next-generation consoles.” Microsoft still doesn’t reveal official Xbox sales figures.
The Xbox One may not have sold well, but Microsoft’s work on the Xbox One generation laid some important groundwork for the Xbox Series S/X. Microsoft transitioned to the Xbox Series X with 1440p support, variable refresh rate (VRR), and more. 120Hz game at launch to test these features on previous Xbox One consoles.
Microsoft’s acceptance of weak Xbox One sales comes as part of a wider debate between Sony and Microsoft over the Xbox maker’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion. Sony and Microsoft are both debating this call of duty, game subscriptions, and more as Microsoft tries to clean up its acquisitions in Brazil. Microsoft also claims in documents submitted to a Brazilian regulator that Sony pays for “blocking rights” to prevent developers from adding their own content to Xbox Game Pass.