Despite which side of the 'Console War' you fall into, there is one thing we can all agree on. PS4 is undoubtedly better at sales. You have probably heard it before that PS4 is outselling the Xbox One, but do you know by how much? Or that Microsoft admitted to thinking that may never catch up?
At the end of 2015, post holiday sales and successful marketing, Sony amassed a total of 36 million consoles sold worldwide. This number was announced as of January 3, 2015 by Sony. On the other spectrum of console gaming, speculations have pinned Microsoft's Xbox One sales at around 19 million sold. This number was formed from the amount of active Xbox One's in a 28-day period. Microsoft did not release an official statement as far as I could find for the same time frame mentioned above. No doubt because they knew the sales gap was huge.
Now that we have established this marketing trend, what can we expect for the future of console gaming? Wargaming’s creative director and Executive producer, TJ Wagner, predicted PS4 sales to hit 69 million, and Xbox One sales to hit 39 million by 2019 during a presentation from the Game Developer Conference from World of Tanks. These stats were calculated with numerical sales data estimations from Superdata, IDG Consulting, and IHS. All companies reputable and accurate in their predictions.
As you can see, that gap is only going to get bigger. What does Microsoft actually think about this? Phil Spencer, the head of Microsoft's Xbox Division, was skeptical of Xbox ever making a come back from this, but ensures they are doing everything they can to keep the respect of current customers, as well as gain the respect of new ones. He also shared his thoughts with us last year about this trend we are predicted to see:
"We’re not motivated by beating Sony, we’re motivated by gaining as many customers as we can."
At least he remains proud of the work he has accomplished, and is still driven to providing for more customers. Now, were you surprised by the enormous predicted outcome? Do you think these predictions are accurate? Leave a comment and let me know what you make of this!
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