It’s still very early days in this “next-gen” console cycle, but it is clear that Sony‘s offering, the Sony PlayStation 4, has taken an early lead over its rival the Microsoft Xbox One. While there’s likely still a long time left in this cycle (the last lasted for 8 years), it’s a testament to Sony’s efforts in trying to define this era that have resulted in it reporting a 96% increase in its games revenue and some information that suggests the PS4 is likely outselling the Xbox One. Not too shabby at all.
Sony reported that it generated 257.5 billion Yen ($2.5 billion USD) in the last quarter and sold 3.5 million console units, which includes both PS4 and PS3 consoles. This is in stark contrast of Microsoft reporting that it had shipped, not sold, 1.1 million consoles; yes, that’s including both Xbox One and Xbox 360. This is extremely encouraging performance by Sony’s games division, though the landscape is likely to change with a few factors coming into play. These factors include the introduction of PlayStation Now and Xbox One-exclusive EA Access subscription services, and of course, Microsoft has most recently removed the Kinect motion sensor as a mandatory part of the console bundle, leveling the prices between the two rivals.
It’s definitely been an interesting console battle so far. What do you think about Sony’s performance in the early going of this face-off? Let us know your thoughts.