Microsoft and Sony got off to a great start with their Next-Gen consoles back in November and both were selling out early. At first, it seemed to be a virtual tie but now that the hype has run out, lets fast forward five months.
Microsoft hasn’t reported updated sales numbers but they did share with us that they have shipped nearly 5 million units. If you haven’t heard the news yet, then you might have missed Sony’s announcement. Sony on Thursday announced that the PlayStation 4 has sold, not shipped, over 7 million units. However, it’s important to note that Sony has released the PlayStation 4 in 49 countries, whereas, Microsoft’s Xbox One is only available in 13 countries. That’s almost 4 times less than PlayStation!
It’s not fair to compare sales/units sold at this current time but lets look into the future. Microsoft has yet to release their Next-Gen console in 26 countries (listed below). The countries that will help boost Xbox One’s sales are Japan, Korea and Finland. Out of these remaining countries, Xbox One is set to release in Japan on September 4 with the others sometime in the fall.
Japan is known for accepting gaming as part of their culture and gaming companies have done succesful there. Sony released their PlayStation 4 in Japan on February 22 and sold out within minutes.
Korea’s government recently established an eSports organization earlier this year and announced that they would start recognizing Professional Gamers as Athletes. Sony has already released their PlayStation 4 in Korea but Microsoft has yet to release their Xbox One.
Once Microsoft makes their console available in the remaining markets, the gap between Sony and Microsoft will dwindle, possibly surpassing Sony.
Only time will tell as we have many years ahead of us. Next-Gen is just getting started!