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The Xbox One has sold less than half of the PS4 in its lifetime, Microsoft confirms


By TechThop Team

Posted on: 16 Aug, 2022

As Microsoft has confirmed, Xbox One sold less than half of the PS4 throughout its lifetime. Microsoft-CADE trial documents revealed details about the Xbox One's sales.

The company currently acquiring Activision Blizzard has refused to release console sales figures since 2015, instead focusing on Xbox Live data. The Verge reports that Sony has sold more than twice as many Xboxes as Microsoft in the last generation.

The Xbox One launched in 2013 with a key focus on multimedia and Kinect. As a result, the PlayStation 4 focused entirely on video games and their community. It paid off better for the Japanese giant. As well as games, Microsoft shifted focus.

The PS4 stopped reporting sales numbers in 2016 after Microsoft stopped. 117.2 million were reported in March. Microsoft court documents estimate Xbox One lifetime sales at 58.6 million. Game Boy, Nintendo DS, and PlayStation 2 are the top three selling consoles.

The last Xbox One sale numbers were estimated to be 51 million in 2015. CADE, the Brazilian competition authority, is being sued by Microsoft in the wake of the news. Regulators are currently scrutinizing Microsoft's $70 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard. 

The deal is 'massive,' according to GamesIndustry.biz, and will impact indie developers, businesses, and consumers, as well as the buyer.“By protecting competition, these regulators prevent antitrust issues from resulting from mergers and acquisitions.

A three-way regulatory approval will be required to complete the purchase. First, the US FTC is in phase two of its review process. The UK's CMA is currently in the first phase of its review and should be finished in early September. 

A third and final main regulator standing between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard is the European Commission. The process has not yet been initiated. Microsoft's online gaming services, such as Xbox Game Pass, were previously ordered by the CMA to provide better upfront information.

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