Total sales of the Xbox One haven’t yet hit 20m, if the chief financial officer of EA is to be believed. That’s not a favourable comparison to the PS4, which has sold 35.9m according to Sony.
Even though Microsoft quietly stopped telling the world total Xbox One sales in October, it seems it hasn’t been able to keep the rest of the games industry so quiet. In EA’s case, it appears it ended up spilling the beans accidentally.
Blake Jorgensen, EA’s CFO, told investors during the company’s third-quarter earnings call that the combined lifetime sales of the Xbox One and Playstation 4 was about 55m units. Although Jorgensen didn’t break down the split, Sony, which regularly reports sales for the PS4, provides enough information to reverse-engineer the Xbox One figure.
In January, Sony revealed that the PS4 had sold 35.9m, meaning that the sales for the Xbox One – if both EA’s and Sony’s figures are accurate – stand at around 19.1m.
“I think our business seems to be operating pretty consistent as it has been over the last couple of years,” Jorgensen said on the call. “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% higher than previous console cycle so, all of that is very, very positive.”
While the Xbox One lags behind the Playstation 4 in overall sales, Microsoft also has its dominance of PC gaming to rely on. In March, the company said that the latest Xbox would likely be the last of its kinda, with the intention being to unify consoles and PCs using future versions of Windows. The head of the Xbox division, Phil Spencer, said “building out a complete gaming ecosystem for Universal Windows Applications” was the company’s focus in the future.
Microsoft did not respond to a request for comment.
This article was written by Alex Hern, for theguardian.com on Monday 18th April 2016 11.43 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010