In the attritional console war that has Sony’s PlayStation 4 (PS4) and Microsoft’s Xbox One as main adversaries, it looks like the Japanese console makers have taken a big lead. On January, Sony declared that it was outselling Microsoft’s Xbox by almost two-to-one. Today it has released information that PS4 sails have reached 5.3 million units sold from uts launch in November last year until the beginning of February, compared to the Xbox One’s 3.6 million units sold. And as Sony gears up for its launch on home soil, it looks like the gap will widen some more.
Looking at yearend data, Sony had sold 4.2 million units of the PS4 by the end of 2013, compared to Microsoft’s 3 million for the Xbox One. But the surge in sales happened in January, where the PS4 almost doubled Xbox One sales – selling 1.1 million units by February 8. In this period, only 600,000 units of the Xbox One were sold. It looks like Sony is going to hit its considerably modest targets by a mile, initially targeting to sell 5 million PS4s by end of March. At this rate, it could work out to 10 million units sold by end of 2014. By that time, it could be that the PlayStation 4 could have one of the biggest launch sale numbers in the history of console gaming, but it still has a way to go to beat the all-time record holders – Sony’s PlayStation 2 and the Nintendo DS.
Speaking of Nintendo, the Japanese gaming giant has sold 5.86 million of its next-gen Wii U consoles, these numbers taken 14 months after it launched (the Wii U launched considerably earlier than the PS4 and the Xbox One). The Japanese PS4 launch is gaining momentum, but there is also considerable hype for the Xbox One with the release of Respawn Entertainment’s Titanfall, one of the most anticipated next-generation titles to date.
[via Extreme Tech]