Recently, Brazilian regulators investigated Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard and some court documents have leaked, revealing very interesting details. In the latest court filing, Microsoft confirmed that the Xbox One’s total sales are less than half of Sony’s PS4 sales.
Microsoft stopped disclosing detailed numbers on console sales since 2015, saying that was not a “critical metric for success” that they wanted to focus on. Microsoft focused more on user stickiness, and it was the original Xbox Game Pass was created as an idea. But actual analysts’ estimates of Xbox One sales never came to fruition. Ampere Analysis estimates the Xbox One will sell around 51 million units by 2020, and today that number is close to being correct. appears to be.
“Sony has a significant lead over Microsoft in console sales and installed bases, with more than twice as many previous-generation consoles than Xbox,” the court filing states.
Sony recently announced that its PS4 sales reached 117.2 million units, making it the second-best-selling console product of all time. This also means that Xbox One sales will not be higher than 58.5 million units, as detailed above by industry analysts. The Xbox One’s sales are lower than the NES and slightly higher than the SNES.
More than 50 million sales is not a failure, but it is certainly far below Microsoft’s expectations. Today, Microsoft’s main attack direction seems to have changed, from chasing console sales to chasing XGP sales, and it seems to have seen some results.
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