Microsoft and Sony provided updated sales figures for their respective consoles this week, and despite strong performance from both companies, Sony’s PlayStation 4 continues to outpace the Xbox One. Sony reported more than 7 million PS4 sales since the console’s launch last November, beating the company’s own estimates, compared to total sales of 5 million for the Xbox One.
The numbers for Microsoft are particularly disappointing as the company was hoping for a big boost in sales following the launch of Titanfall on March 11. While the game’s release did spark interest in the Xbox One — with more than 311,000 units sold during the month in the U.S. alone — it wasn’t enough to keep pace with the PS4 and its wider available worldwide.
Both consoles, however, continue to perform better than their predecessors in terms of relative time on the market, and early purchasers are continuing to buy games for each device. Microsoft reports an average of 2.9 games sold per console, while Sony classifies the same average number of “PS4 software” per console.
Overall, sales of consoles, games, and accessories in the U.S. total $1.03 billion in March, an increase of 3 percent from a year ago.
Here are some statistics shared by both Microsoft and Sony:
- More than 135 million shares have been captured by PS4 owners
- 4.9 Million Twitch broadcasts for the PS4
- Combined Xbox 360 and Xbox One game sales totaled 4.1 million in March, putting the “Xbox” brand in first place with 49 percent of total software market share
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