In an announcement that surprised absolutely no-one, Sony told the world yesterday at Gamescom that it has sold over ten million PlayStation 4s worldwide since the console launched last year. That’s sold, as in physically purchased by end-users, and not simply the number of consoles that have been shipped to retail. Clearly, Sony is maintaining the momentum created by the PS4’s launch last year.
Microsoft, meanwhile, is staying suspiciously quiet about explicit Xbox One sales numbers. The last thing they said in public about it was that they managed to double Xbox One sales in the US in June (compared to May), thanks to the unbundling of the Kinect sensor and the new price of $399. TheNextWeb says that as of April 17, 2014, Microsoft had shipped over five million Xbox Ones to retail, but not necessarily sold them to consumers. Perhaps as the Xbox One becomes available in more regions in September, those figures will pick up.
Sony’s success has been spurred on by, among other things, a string of exclusives that have included inFAMOUS: Second Son, Killzone: ShadowFall, Knack and the release of remastered hits like 2013’s Tomb Raider and The Last of Us.
Microsoft’s latest efforts to make the Xbox One a more appealing platform to game on can be seen in the announcement yesterday that Rise of the Tomb Raider, a game that continues the story of Lara Croft’s evolution from vulnerable young girl to fearless adventuring heroine, will be entirely exclusive to the Xbox One. Yes, not even PC gamers will share in Rise’s story. Many gamers aren’t happy about it, myself included, but that’s just how the console war goes. It remains to be seen whether the move will help or hinder both Microsoft and the franchise, and there’s plenty of time between now and “Holiday 2015” for some sort of reversal, something Microsoft is no stranger to.[Source – PlayStation Blog]