Comparatively, the numbers don’t look great for Microsoft
: The company has sold 5 million Xbox One
consoles so far--which by itself seems a fine number--but competitor Sony has sold
7 million PS4
s. That’s quite a margin of difference, although there’s are some nuances to consider, too.
According to Geekwire
, the PS4 is available in some 72 countries, while the Xbox One is in just 13 markets. Looked at that way, it’s possible that the Xbox One may actually be selling better in certain markets. (It’s impossible to tell, though, because those specific numbers aren’t available.)
Still, 2 million more units sold is 2 million more units sold however you slice it. A big problem that Microsoft has to overcome at the outset is price. The Xbox One costs $500 while the PS4 will run you $400. For gamers vacillating on which platform to jump into, that weighs heavily into the decision.
Of course, Microsoft is not standing pat; for instance, its Titanfall bundle costs $499 on Amazon, which seriously increases the value of the total package and makes the prospect more appealing. And so the console wars continue.