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It’s 32 Million PS5 Sales To How Many Xbox Sales, Exactly? – Forbes

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Sony just released results of a blockbuster quarter for the PS5, now that supply has finally been boosted and they can start producing units at a reasonable clip.
The headline is that PS5 sales have now climbed to 32 million, with 7.1 million consoles sold in the last three months alone, a dramatic increase over the 3.9 million sold in the same quarter last year.
The early supply shortages, however, have indeed hamstrung the PS5 to this day, as even with this new surge, the PS5 is still lagging behind PS4 sales, which hit 37 million units by this period in its lifespan a generation ago.
In terms of its competition, the Nintendo Switch may be two generations worth of power behind Microsoft and Sony now, but it’s continued to sell like crazy, and the last report is 114.33 million units sold since 2017, even as fans are hoping a new model is coming out in the next year or two.
Microsoft is…a more complicated story.
Microsoft has tried to downplay sales of the Xbox since last generation when it was clear they were losing to the PS4 by around a 2:1 sales margin, and they said they would not release exact sales figures for Xbox units any more. That generation currently stands at 117 million PS4s to an estimate of anywhere from 51-58 million Xbox Ones sold, based on analyst guessing.
A Microsoft Xbox Series X home video game console, taken on October 27, 2020. (Photo by Phil … [+] Barker/Future Publishing via Getty Images)
The failure to report unit sales has continued into this current generation, where Microsoft is more likely to report Xbox Game Pass subscriber numbers instead, which it views as just as valuable, if not more so, than actual console sales.
The best we can tell from current outside estimates is that the Xbox Series X and S are not being outsold by the PS5 by quite the same 2:1 margin as last generation. But they are also likely to still be lagging significantly behind. With 32 million PS5 sales, current estimates put Xbox X/S sales at maybe around 20 million units.
So, two things are true, the Xbox Series X/S has been better received and is generally performing better than the Xbox One at launch. But Sony’s lead is so vast that it’s just not going to catch up to them for a close generation like we saw with the PS3 and the Xbox 360 (87 million to 84 million). Those days may be past. Of course, Microsoft does have Xbox Game Pass with over 25 million subscribers, a valuable part of its arsenal. It’s also at least partially a contributor to lower console sales, given that many Xbox games can be played by console-free access to Game Pass on places like PC, or increasingly, mobile, with Xbox Cloud Gaming.
Part of me has to think that things are only this close because of the unprecedented supply shortages for PS5, however. While yes, both consoles suffered them, with unlimited supply meeting demand, I have to believe that the PS5 would be miles ahead of even the PS4’s old pace here, and that supposed 10-12 million gap between Xbox and PlayStation that exists now may continue to just widen and widen over time. But that can never be actually confirmed, because Microsoft won’t play that game.
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