Both Sony and Microsoft have had tremendous sales for their newest generation of gaming consoles. The Xbox One sold 3 million copies, while the PlayStation 4 even reached 4.2 million.
Sony outperforms Microsoft by a million
Chief of marketing for Xbox Yusuf Mehdi talks about 3 million Xbox Ones sold, despite only being available in thirteen countries. “Demand for Xbox One has been strong, selling out throughout the holidays at most retailers worldwide. [...] We are continuing to work hard to deliver additional consoles to retailers as fast as possible”, Mehdi said. Belgium and the Netherlands are both still waiting for their official Xbox One launch.
Sony sold 4.2 million PlayStation 4-consoles up until 28 December 2013, which surpassed previous expectations. Sony had targetted 3 million copies by the end of the year, with 5 million by March 2014. This goal should be reached easily, as the console still needs to launch in Japan, its home market.
Sony also sold 9.7 million PlayStation 4-games, while the number of PlayStation Plus subscribers grew 90 %. PlayStation Plus is a subscription service enabling the use of online play in PS4 games.
(translated by Gary Peeters)