Microsoft announced last year that it’ll be no longer announcing how many console it had sold worldwide in effort to drive focus on the future of Microsoft and its gaming plans. However, that hasn’t stopped EA Games from accidentally revealing the latest Xbox One sales figures.
According to Electronic Arts, there are around 55 million new-generation games consoles in the market right now. It’s a pretty innocent announcement on EA’s part, that is until you break it down. Last we heard, the PlayStation 4 had sold 32 million units, which must mean that Microsoft has sold around 19 million units, if EA’s figures are accurate.
Now, this may seem pretty low compared to PlayStation 4’s numbers, but it’s actually pretty good going as it shows that Microsoft’s console is still continuing to outperform the Xbox 360.
Unfortunately, at this point, the battle between the two consoles has a clear winner if we’re still counting. But as we move deeper into this new generation of consoles, there’s clearly some great things being offered by both machines, regardless which side of the fence you sit.
In the earning’s call, CFO Blake Jorgensen, said:
Our business seems to be operating pretty consistent as it has over the last couple of years. The console purchases are up through the end of calendar year 2015.
Our estimate is 55m units out there, which has exceeded virtually everyone’s forecast for the year and now almost 50 per cent higher than previous console cycle. So, all of that is very, very positive, all the gameplay we’re seeing and the engagement with things like Ultimate Team we’re seeing is positive.
Of course, these are just estimates and could be completely inaccurate, though it’s probably not that far from the truth.