EA CFO Blake Jorgensen was full of interesting tidbits about the gaming industry this week. I already talked about how digital sales look for the mega-publisher. Jorgensen also gave us a look at where the console market stands right now. During his presentation, Jorgensen said there are about 60 million PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles in the wild.
That number is up from the 55 million combined consoles EA estimates were sold through the end of 2015.
Console gaming (and gaming in general) is bigger than ever, and we are in a ‘golden age’ as far as individual games go. Just look around. There are countless fantastic games to play ranging from the AAA to indie. And 2016 is only looking better.
But how do 60 million consoles stack up against the Xbox 360/PS3 at the same point in their lifecycles? The combined sales of Xbox One and PS4 are about 50% higher than the previous console cycle according to EA.
Xbox One vs. PS4 sales breakdown
Figuring out hard numbers is a pain in the ass these days. Sony touts specific sales frequently as they hit milestones. It’s also easier to throw numbers around when you’re in first place.
Let’s take a look at the numbers we do have. The last official numbers from Sony puts PS4 sales at 35.9 million units. That number was announced in early January and covers the holiday season.
Xbox One numbers are trickier. Microsoft opts for monthly active users as one of the only hard metric numbers. They touted a “record holiday,” but failed to provide specifics. But EA’s number gives hints at Xbox One sales at just under 20 million for the 55 million figure through the end of 2015.
Let’s just say Sony sells 1.8 million consoles worldwide for every 1 million sold by Xbox One. I divided 36 by 20. It’s not perfect, but it gives us a general idea. Without hard numbers from Microsoft, we’ll never know the exact number. The most likely number is that PlayStation 4 has nearly 39 million while Xbox One sits at around 21 million. Like I said, we’ll never know the exact numbers until Microsoft decides to announce concrete figures.
I’m curious to see what Sony does this year. Their hardware sales have been insane, but we haven’t seen a ton of high-profile first-party games. That changes this year. Uncharted 4 (which recently received another two-week delay) is coming in May. Then you have The Last Guardian, Horizon: Zero Dawn and more coming later this year (barring any delays).
I’ve talked a bit about the sales numbers, but what games for 2016 are you most excited to play? Uncharted 4 looks great, but I also can’t wait to see what DICE has up their sleeves for Battlefield 5. Let me know what games you’re looking forward to.