Sony has surpassed Microsoft in sales of previous gen consoles. This is according to the latest documents related to the Activision Blizzard acquisition, which indicate that the Xbox One sold half as much as the PS4.
The information appeared in a document filed to Brazil’s Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE) earlier this month. The section about console sales was spotted and translated by GameLuster.
“Sony has surpassed Microsoft in terms of console sales and install base, having sold more than twice as many as Xbox [One] in the last generation,” the text reads.
Microsoft hasn’t disclosed the Xbox One sales. However, Niko Partners senior analyst Daniel Ahmad recently pointed out that the PS4 reached 117.2 million in lifetime sales.
Taking this data into account, the Xbox One could have sold around 50-60 million units globally.
Sony is no longer reporting PS4 shipments which means the final total for the console is ~117.2 million as of March 2022. pic.twitter.com/hWHv7NZ6RL
— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) August 10, 2022
As spotted by Eurogamer, Microsoft also elaborated on its business strategy, saying that it plans to focus more on “gamer-centric” approach with its Game Pass subscription rather than competing with Sony in hardware sales.
Xbox noted that “PlayStation will continue to have a strong market position” in the current-gen cycle due to “brand loyalty.”
In the CADE filing, Microsoft also accused PlayStation of paying for “blocking rights” to prevent devs from “adding content to Game Pass and other competing subscription services.” Sony, on the other hand, told the Brazilian regulator that no other company but Activision could make a Call of Duty rival in terms of market impact.