As the PlayStation 4's lifetime global sales near a total of 100 million, estimates suggest that the Xbox One has achieved less than half that number.
Ever since the classic battles between Sega and Nintendo, each new generation of console has brought a fresh battle along with it. Sega's systems were eventually replaced with Sony's PlayStations, and now the Xbox has become a top two player in place of Nintendo. In fact, the last round went to Microsoft as the Xbox 360 outsold the PlayStation 3. That's if you ignore the sales of the Nintendo Wii, of course.
This time around, those numbers are a little harder to determine. That's due to Microsoft announcing in 2015 that it would no longer be releasing the number of units sold for the Xbox One. If the estimates doing the rounds this week are anything to go by, we can understand why. Those numbers suggest that twice as many PlayStation 4s have been sold worldwide compared to Xbox Ones.
Daniel Ahmad, a video game industry analyst at Niko Partners used the global install base for the Xbox One to estimate how many players have bought the console. Apparently, that number is closing in on the 41 million mark. An impressive number and a higher total than iconic consoles such as the Nintendo 64 (33 million), Sega Genesis (31 million), and (even the original Xbox (24 million) managed.
However, that number is not quite impressive when compared to those of the PS4. The number of consoles Sony has sold during this generation has not been kept hidden. At last count, it was at a remarkable 91.6 million units and counting, making it the 6th best selling console of all time. The last console's sales it surpassed was the Xbox 360's, so a double blow to the integrity of Microsoft.
One of the main reasons for PlayStation dominating Xbox this time around is the former's console exclusives. God Of War and Spider-Man in the past year alone have been huge hits for the PS4. Microsoft will have a chance to gain some ground back later this year, though. Sony has announced that it will not be attending E3 in 2019. That means the Xbox One will be able to steal some of that spare attention.