XBOX ONE & PS4 SALES
The new console generation is off to a roaring start. Both the PS4 and Xbox One—which launched within a week of one another—reached one million total units sold within their first 24 hours of release. Both companies announced that each console was largely sold out, and this would seem to be reflected in the eBay prices for each system, which currently run about $100 – $500 more than their respective MSRPs. The Xbox One was available on launch day from Microsoft’s online store, although these consoles were snapped up quickly.
PS4 mostly sold in North America while Xbox One released in 13 territories
However, it’s interesting to note that the PS4’s million units were all sold in North America—whereas the Xbox One was released in 13 territories, its North American launch coinciding with ones in the UK and many other European nations.
The Wii U, the other next-generation system released last November, has sold a total of 3.9 million units worldwide to date. Microsoft has hinted that the Xbox One’s sales numbers in the UK have already eclipsed the WiiU’s—despite Nintendo’s console having a 12 month head start. The company claimed that 150,000 Xbox One units moved in the UK during launch.
Meanwhile, concrete software numbers aren’t available—but both Activision and EA, the largest 3rd party publishers on the planet have claimed that sales of popular titles such as Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty: Ghosts have been brisk on the new systems. Microsoft’s own Forza Motorsport 5 was the fifth best-selling game during the week ending November 23rd in the UK; the Roman-era hack ‘n slash Ryse: Son of Rome, which has received mediocre reviews from critics, slid into the tenth position. Playstation 4 numbers are unavailable, although reviews have been similarly mixed for some exclusives, including Killzone: Shadow Fall and Knack.
Microsoft’s Xbox 360 sold about 326,000 units in North America when it was released in November 2005, along with approximately 300,000 consoles moved in the European Union. After being heavily criticized for console shortages in ‘05, the company made a concerted effort to have more Xbox One systems available at launch. Despite the $500 MSRP—the Xbox 360 retailed for as low as $300—the Xbox One still sold out at most retailers.
No stranger to launch day sellouts, Sony’s PlayStation 4 outsold its predecessor, which had less than 400,000 units available for its November 17, 2006 launch. Pricing their console lower this time around—some gamers grumbled about the PS3’s $500 – $600 launch price—the PS4 managed to sell over twice as many units, releasing at a cool $400. This continues a streak of launch sellouts for Sony, which moved more than half a million PlayStation 2 consoles in November 2000.