New court documents have confirmed that Sony’s PS4 console sold “twice as many” units as Microsoft’s Xbox One during the last-generation “console wars”.
Confirmation comes via Brazilian court papers in which Microsoft is defending its acquisition of Activision Blizzard before the Brazilian competition authority, CADE.
As noted by GameLuster and translated via Google Translate – so bear with me; this may not be 100 percent word-for-word translation – pages 17/18 (paragraph 46) of Microsoft’s own published court documents state that “Sony has surpassed Microsoft in console sales and installed [sic] base, with more than twice as much Xbox [One units] in the last generation”.
In January, Sony confirmed that more than 116 million PS4 consoles have now been sold worldwide, having recently racked up total sales of 117.2 million, making it one of the most successful consoles of all time, if not the most popular system. . PS2. And while Microsoft has been a little more reserved about its sales figures, if the claims in the Brazilian court papers are correct, that means Microsoft’s Xbox One system could have sold about half that amount: somewhere in the neighborhood of 50-60 million.
Sony is no longer reporting PS4 shipments, meaning the final total for the console is ~117.2 million as of March 2022. pic.twitter.com/hWHv7NZ6RL
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Interestingly, the legal paperwork also gives us insight into Microsoft’s own perceived market position and its desire to push the “gamer-focused” Xbox Game Pass rather than compete directly with Sony’s next-generation hardware, disproving claims that the ” inclusion of Activision Blizzard content in the Xbox Game Pass catalog would represent a ‘tipping point’ in the market”.
Microsoft also describes its conscious decision to “mov[e] moving from a “device-centric” business strategy to a more consumer-oriented” or “gamer-oriented” service, such as subscription.
It also specifically uses the term “console wars”, indicating that “because of brand loyalty” Xbox is unlikely to compete successfully with Sony’s hardware even in the next/current generation cycle, as “PlayStation will continue to have a strong market position to have” .