Sony has released their official fiscal report for the first quarter of 2014, which covers from April to June 30th. The report reveals relatively good news for the PlayStation console, with games revenue rising an impressive 95.7% over last year. More impressively however, is how the PlayStation console sales compare to Xbox – a trend which Sony will aim to keep a firm hold on as they enter the second fiscal quarter.
The report doesn’t differentiate between PS3 and PS4 consoles, but it did declare that 3.5 million total consoles were sold in the first quarter. Comparing those results with the 1.1 million total Xbox sales from the same time frame reveals that the PlayStation has officially outsold the Xbox on a 3 to 1 ratio, a massive success for Sony early in the new console cycle.
The fact that the PlayStation 4 console was more affordable than the Xbox One from the get-go (thanks to the forced inclusion of Kinect bundle) was a strong selling for the PS4, and it’s clear that gamers have faith in the console’s exclusives, PlayStation Plus and general mindset ever since Microsoft and Sony began unveiling and marketing their new platforms last year.
PlayStation 4 sales rose to over 1 million within 24 hours of the console’s launch back in November, and totaled 6 million units back in March. Sales have continued strongly, and we’re curious to see how many total PlayStation 4 units have actually been sold. Sony has been eager to show off their official sales of the PS4 at each opportunity, so we believe the answer will come out soon enough.
With Xbox One sales doubling in June after Microsoft dropped the mandatory inclusion of Kinect, it’ll be very interesting to see if Microsoft can try and regain some ground lost to Sony from the first fiscal quarter of 2014, especially with some of the recent delays in PS4 games and this fall’s release of Sunset Overdrive and Halo: The Master Chief Collection. The International Data Corporation predicted back in May that Microsoft would drop the Kinect requirement, and said this move would allow them to retake the North American market in sales – but only time will tell if this bold prediction proves to be accurate.
Can Microsoft turn it around with the Xbox One now that prices comparable to the competition, or is it too late to stop momentum, especially with multiplatform games posting higher resolutions on the PS4? Or is it all about the online services and exclusives?
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