While Sony has gladly provided sales numbers for the PS5 showing strong growth year after year, Microsoft has been quiet about Xbox Series X/S sales. Now, thanks to data provided by publisher Take-Two Interactive as part of its recent earnings report, it’s believed that the PS5 has outsold Xbox Series X/S almost 2 to 1 worldwide.
Slides from Take-Two Interactive’s recent earnings call reveal that ninth generation console sales currently tally up at 77 million. Back in November 2023, Sony announced that the PS5 sold around 50 million units, meaning Xbox Series X/S sales are probably floating around 27 million. This doesn’t take into account holiday sales for either console as the scales could’ve slightly tipped since then. As mentioned before, Microsoft has yet to provide updated sales numbers for its console to make an accurate assessment.
It’s interesting to see how Sony and Microsoft are approaching the current generation of consoles. PS5 stays ahead of the competition thanks to its solid lineup of exclusives in addition to strong third-party exclusivity deals like this year’s Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, Rise of the Ronin and Stellar Blade. Meanwhile, Microsoft continues to bolster its Xbox Game Pass subscription service though it’s still playing catch-up in the exclusives department.
That might change this year as Microsoft currently has a few heavy-hitting exclusives set to release including Indiana Jones and The Great Circle, Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 and Avowed.
Nintendo, blissfully doing its own thing, will reportedly reveal its next console in March. Previous reports suggest that it will be an “iteration” of the original Switch rather than a complete overhaul of the design and system. This makes sense considering that Nintendo Switch is currently the third highest-selling console of all time at 139 million units sold, trailing behind Nintendo DS (154 million) and PS2 (155 million). If all goes smoothly in the next 12 months, it will likely surpass the top two or land in a comfortable position close behind them.
Source: Take-Two Interactive