During a recent earnings call with Electronic Arts, the sales numbers for the Xbox One were revealed. This is not the first time that EA has prematurely released the sales figures for the console – something that Microsoft has not been keen to share in the past. Unfortunately, things are not shaping up well for Microsoft during this generation.
The Microsoft Xbox One has sold approximately 30 million units through the end of 2017.
The Sony PlayStation 4 has sold approximately 74 million units through the end of 2017.
These numbers are different. These numbers also represent two fundamentally and philosophically different consoles. The PS4’s success has ridden on the back of fantastic and exclusive first party games. Mostly single player experiences that compliment the growing swath of AAA service driven games. The Xbox One has also tried to occupy the same service environment created by other AAA publishers with games like Halo 5: Guardians, Sea of Thieves, and the Xbox Game Pass service.
Microsoft’s lack of first party support has most likely impacted the console’s success especially given the fact that all of the first party games are also available on PC.
All is not lost.
While I currently own all current generation game consoles, I am always rooting for competition. If the PlayStation had no competition, then Sony would not have the motivation to keep pumping out great games. Nintendo breeds innovation through competition as a way to continually create unique gameplay experiences. Microsoft has excelled at creating excellent services like Xbox Live, Xbox Game Pass, and the Zune (okay maybe not that last one).
Looking at the sales numbers from some past gaming consoles the Xbox One is still in a good place:
The Wii U sold 14 million units.
The PlayStation Vita sold 16 million units.
The GameCube sold 21 million units.
The original Xbox sold 24 million units.
All of those consoles were great, with awesome gaming experiences. Microsoft just announced that they are opening a new development studio in Santa Monica, so at least we can expect a game from that study sometime in the next five years.
Here’s to another day of gaming.
Jake “prettyboyplaid” Fredericks