Sony has sold more than twice as many PS4s as Microsoft with the Xbox One

Until now, Microsoft wasn’t too forthcoming with the details of how its previous generation of consoles – the Xbox One and Xbox One X – compare to their direct competitor, the Sony PlayStation 4. It’s common knowledge that the PS4 “won” this particular console generation, of course, but the magnitude and scope of this “victory” could have been debated until now.

That has now changed, however, as Microsoft has used some reasonably concrete numbers as part of its argument in defense of the Activision Blizzard acquisition. Whether the takeover of the game publisher constitutes anti-competitive behavior is currently the subject of worldwide debate around the software giant. The document that Microsoft submitted to the Brazilian competition authority CADE sheds light on the matter.


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While Microsoft has historically been opposed to releasing sales information for consoles, its submission to CADE uses those numbers to argue that the Activision Blizzard acquisition should go ahead. Specifically, the document notes that Sony has moved twice as many PS4 console units as Microsoft did with the Xbox One. It’s worth noting that this is the same document in which Microsoft claims Sony is paying developers to ignore Xbox Game Pass, which all adds up to paint a more competitive picture than Sony would likely prefer.

Of course, it’s no surprise that Microsoft is cracking down on Sony’s concerns about acquiring Activision Blizzard, but it’s still surprising that the two companies would argue so vehemently against each other’s claims to success. While companies usually try to portray everything they do as some sort of success, this situation is in stark contrast as each claims that the other is actually more successful in general.

However, Sony’s worries about Microsoft’s ownership of Activision Blizzard are hardly unfounded. While Microsoft claims call of Duty is not unique, the value of the franchise in the gaming industry is immense, and that’s without considering other IPs such as e.g Candy Crush, Diablo, World of Warcraft, and anything else the company currently owns. It’s only to be expected that Sony would do anything to prevent Microsoft from taking control of such a broad portfolio of intellectual property.

Not everyone on the Activision Blizzard side is enthusiastic about the takeover either. Some Activision shareholders tried to sue Microsoft to stop the takeover, although little seems to have come of it. If anyone were to stop Microsoft from completing the deal, it would likely be the various countries the company needs to convince that the acquisition is acceptable. At this point, it’s unclear if the deal will go through on all fronts or if it will be stopped along the way.

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Source: CAD Sony has sold more than twice as many PS4s as Microsoft with the Xbox One


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