Since the initial launch on November 15th, 2013, PS4 has sold over 7 million units. It’s worth noting that these figures beat Microsoft by a long shot.
The PS4 has gained popularity over the past few months due to more new releases of hit titles such as inFamous Second Son, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, Child of Light, and Wolfenstein: The New Order.
While Sony is adding games to the system’s library, what has become of Microsoft?
Xbox has failed to release any sales figure since the end of 2013. Very strange considering they were hoping to boost sales with Titanfall.
Since the release over a month ago, sales figures have yet to be released regarding Titanfall and we have yet to see and updated sales figure for the Xbox One system. What makes matters worse is that Microsoft discounted the Titanfall Xbox One Bundle by $50 at most retailers, which leaves us wondering if the sales are too embarrassing to release.
When the announcements of the next-gen consoles were made, the hype surrounding the Xbox One was relatively negative. People wondered if Microsoft could ever fully recover from the DRM and always-online requirement even though they had reversed course soon after.
With the PS4 launching a week ahead of the Xbox One, analysts believed that due to stock issues, Sony would have a problem keeping up with the supply and therefore, causing the console to be limited. The gap between the two were fairly small – 4.3 million (PS4) v. 3 million (Xbox), but with the launch of newer games, lower prices, and more availability, it’s clear that Sony has won the hearts of gamers and consumers alike.
What does the news mean for Xbox? It means that Xbox is still feeling the negativity that surrounded the initial announcement at E3 more than a year ago and it means that if Microsoft doesn’t do something soon; third party developers could begin to target their games specifically for PS4.
In my opinion, the only way for Microsoft to turn the negativity around is to do a huge price-cut, more than the $50 price-cut that was seen on the Titanfall bundle, and to begin releasing more hit titles.
The question to ask is this – will Microsoft ever be able to catch up to Sony? Only time will tell!