The document (via GameLuster) is from Microsoft defending its upcoming acquisition of Activision Blizzard to CADE (Administrative Council for Economic Defense), the Brazilian governmental branch that investigates competition issues. CADE announced in a document from August 9 that Sony’s PlayStation 4 sales were over double that of the Xbox One.
The document itself states that “Sony has surpassed Microsoft in terms of console sales and installed base, having sold more than twice as many [than] Xbox in the last generation.” With PlayStation 4 lifetime sales sitting at 117.2million, this gives us a pretty good indication of the kind of sales the Xbox One reached. This is notable due to Microsoft no longer using console shipments as its primary indication of success since 2015.
Phil Spencer on the E3 stage. Credit: Xbox
Market research firm Ampere Analysis released an article in 2020 stating that the Xbox One has sold 51million units total across all versions, while the PlayStation 4 at the time had sold 111million. While we don’t have exact numbers confirmed by Microsoft itself, it lines up with the “more than twice as many” statement.
Recently, Sony made a statement to CADE about Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard, and subsequent ownership of Call Of Duty, and how that could drastically sway sales of systems. Sony stated “Call Of Duty influences users’ choice of console and its network of loyal users is so ingrained that even if a competitor had the budget to develop a similar product, it wouldn’t be able to compete”.
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