A few days ago Sony announced it has now sold a total of 6 million PlayStation 4 consoles. Microsoft’s next-gen equivalent, the Xbox One, has likely racked up sales of around 4 million so far.
Both flagship consoles were released around the same time in late November last year, in time for the 2013 holiday season. And both companies have been shouting loudly about who’s beating whom for cumulative console and games sales globally and in key markets like the U.S.
On the cumulative console sales score at least, Sony’s PS4 appears to be edging out the Xbone, for now.
The thing is neither of these new generation console flagships is selling very well when compared with previous generations of flagship consoles. The console market appears to be shrinking significantly — and that’s evidently having a knock-on impact on games studios and game development. The big games studios don’t exclusively develop for a single platform, after all, so the health of the entire market is key to keeping games studios in business.
not really surprised, and they should’ve seen this one coming if they didn’t already… most kids are happy with a $1-5 game on the ipad, so why spend hundreds on a console and $60 games? makes no sense, and little kids are a huge market for gaming consoles — so that just leaves the rest of us.
i’m not sure there will even be another game console generation after this one.
p.s. looking fwd to playing some Titanfall tomorrow, tho.