The PlayStation 4 sold twice as much as the Xbox One.

The Xbox One sold worse than the PlayStation 4. The intuition of all market observers was confirmed by official statements from Microsoft, which admitted that Sony had won this round of the console war.

We knew that the Xbox One was less successful than the PlayStation 4. On the other hand, if it was almost certain that Sony won the penultimate generation console war, we didn’t know exactly by how much… Until now.

58 million Xbox One sold

As of 2015, Microsoft stopped reporting sales figures for its console, preferring to measure its success by the “engagement rate” of its users. In contrast, Sony posted impressive numbers, with 117.2 million PS4s sold from its release (in 2013) to March 2022. We now know that, by Microsoft’s own admission, the PlayStation “would have sold more than twice as well as the Xbox.” One”. Thus, we can conclude that in total about 58 million Xbox Ones were sold.

We learn about this from a legal document submitted to the Brazilian competition authority. The latter, responsible for checking whether Blizzard’s acquisition of Microsoft by Microsoft was an abuse of dominance, had access to a range of data that had been kept secret until now, including on Xbox One sales.

Microsoft lay low

There is no doubt that, in addition to admitting a failure in terms of sales figures, Microsoft leaked this information to prove that its acquisition of publisher Activision does not pose a threat to the video game industry. Given that Sony sells twice as many consoles as Microsoft, should we really prevent the company from buying back successful licenses? Especially since the trend seems to be confirmed by PS5 and Xbox Series X/S. According to firm Ampere Analysis, 2021 would have ended with 17 million PS sold, or “1.6 times more” than the number of Xboxes. And all this despite the lack of components that continues to affect the video game sector.

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Plus, the Xbox One sales numbers are probably not of much interest to Microsoft anymore. With Game Pass, the Windows publisher has completely switched to dematerialized games and cloud gaming. Available on consoles, PCs, mobile devices, and even some connected TVs, Microsoft’s video game catalog is not meant to be held hostage by the Xbox. No doubt the manufacturer wouldn’t spit on higher sales figures, but given the legal attention that the Activision acquisition announcement has generated, the company is very interested in lowering the profile.

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