Believe it or not, but it has been almost a year since Sony and Microsoft first launched the PS4 and Xbox One consoles, respectively. For obvious reasons, the PS4 took a big sales lead from the get-go, and while Microsoft hoped to close the sales gap before it became gaping, things have only gotten worse as the months have progressed. The gap between the PS4 and Xbox One is actually widening.
Back in April 2014, Microsoft announced that it had shipped more than 5 million consoles, while Sony responded with 7 million sold PS4 units. A new report now finds that Sony has sold a total of 11.45 million PS4s as of October 2014, compared to the Xbox One’s paltry 5.79 million consoles. Nintendo’s less-discussed Wii U has apparently sold 7.35 million since it launched way back in November 2012.
The results are shocking no matter how you look at it, especially when considering Microsoft’s unswerving supporting for its console with monthly updates and various promotions. The Xbox One even managed to sell more than 100,000 units in China in its first week on sale, a solid performance by all accounts. However, it seems that most buyers haven’t gotten over the American software giant’s embarrassing DRM debacle, choosing to go with the PS4 instead.
It’s not all bad news, however, as the Xbox One is quickly closing in on the Wii U, having outsold it in September for the second consecutive month. Then again, many analysts don’t even consider the Wii U a legitimate contender in the new-gen console race, so the Xbox One’s performance against it isn’t as strong an indicator of its future success as it seems.
Though the battle between Sony and Microsoft has been intense, the real PS4 vs Xbox One fight will take place this Holiday season, when both consoles have been on the market for one full year. Will the Xbox One be able to narrow the gaping sales gap, or will the PS4 widen its lead? Let us know what you think below.