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PS4 sold "twice as many" units as Xbox One, new court papers show

New court documents have confirmed that Sonys PS4 console sold “twice as many” units as Microsofts Xbox One during last-gens “console wars”.

Confirmation comes via Brazilian court papers wherein Microsoft is defending its acquisition of Activision Blizzard in front of the Brazilian competition authority, CADE.

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As spotted by GameLuster and translated via Google Translate – so bear with me; this may not be a 100 per cent word-for-word translation – page 17/18 (paragraph 46) of Microsofts own published court papers state that “Sony has surpassed Microsoft in terms of console sales and installed [sic] base, having sold more than twice as many Xbox [One units] in the last generation”.

Back in January, Sony confirmed that more than 116m PS4 consoles have now been sold worldwide, and recently gave a lifetime sales total of 117.2 million, making it one of the most successful consoles of all time, if not quite eclipsing its most popular system, PS2. And while Microsoft has been more reticent about its sales figures, if the claims in the Brazillian court papers are right, that means Microsofts Xbox One system could have sold around half that amount: somewhere in the region of 50-60 million.

Sony is no longer reporting PS4 shipments which means the final total for the console is ~117.2 million as of March 2022. pic.twitter.com/hWHv7NZ6RL

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Interestingly, the legal paperwork also gives us insight into Microsofts own perceived market position, and its desire to push the “gamer-centric” Xbox Game Pass rather than compete directly against Sonys new-gen hardware, refuting claims that the “inclusion of Activision Blizzard content in the Xbox Game Pass catalogue would represent a tipping point in the market”.

Microsoft also details its deliberate decision to “mov[e] away from a strategy of device-centric business towards a more consumer-centric” or “gamer-centric” service, like its subscription.

It also specifically uses the term “console wars”, intimating that “due to brand loyalty”, Xbox is unlikely to compete successfully with Sonys hardware even in the next/current-gen cycle as “PlayStation will continue to have a strong market position”.

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