PS4 sold “twice as many” units as Xbox One, new court documents show

PS4 sold “twice as many” units as Xbox One, new court documents show

New court documents have confirmed that Sony’s PS4 console sold “twice as many” units as Microsoft’s Xbox One during the last-gen “console wars.”

The confirmation comes through Brazilian court documents in which Microsoft defends its acquisition of Activision Blizzard against the Brazilian competition authority, CADE.

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As detected by GameLuster and translated via Google Translate, so bear with me; This may not be a 100% word-for-word translation: page 17/18 (paragraph 46) of court documents released by Microsoft state that “Sony has overtaken Microsoft in terms of console sales and installed devices.” [sic] base, having sold more than twice as many Xbox [One units] in the last generation.

In January, Sony confirmed that over 116 million PS4 consoles have been sold worldwide, recently giving a lifetime sales total of 117.2 million, making it one of the most successful consoles of all. the times, if not completely eclipsing its most popular system. PS2. And while Microsoft has been more tight-lipped about its sales figures, if the claims in Brazilian court documents are correct, that means Microsoft’s Xbox One system could have sold about half that amount: about 50- 60 million.

Interestingly, the legal paperwork also gives us insight into Microsoft’s perceived market position and its desire to push “player-centric” Xbox Game Pass rather than compete directly against Sony’s next-gen hardware, refuting claims. that the “inclusion of Activision Blizzard content in the Xbox Game Pass catalog would represent a ‘tipping point’ in the market”.

Microsoft also details its deliberate decision to “mov[e] away from a ‘device-centric’ business strategy towards a more consumer-centric” or “player-centric” service, such as their subscription.

It also specifically uses the term “console wars”, implying that “due to brand loyalty”, Xbox is unlikely to successfully compete with Sony hardware, even in the current/next-gen cycle, as that “PlayStation will continue to have a strong position in the market”. .

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