Almost a year after the launch of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Sony is holding onto a sizable lead over Microsoft in the home console market.
Sony reported its financial results for the September quarter this morning, posting overall PlayStation unit sales (PS2, PS3 and PS4) of 4.1 million units for the quarter, which includes PlayStation 4 sales of 3.3 million units.
The overall number of 4.1 million PlayStation units compares with 2.4 million Xbox units (Xbox One and Xbox 360) sold by Microsoft during the same time period.
Microsoft lumps sales of the Xbox One and the older Xbox 360 together for purposes of financial reporting, but even with that, the combined number wasn’t enough to match the PS4 on its own.
Overall, since the launch of the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One last fall, Sony has sold a total of 19.1 million overall PlayStation units (PS2, PS3 and PS4) and Microsoft has sold 12.9 million Xbox consoles (Xbox One and Xbox 360).
Based on our research, here’s what the patterns look like …
It’s still very early days in this console generation, and based on the past history in the video-game industry, these trends can change dramatically over the course of a couple years.
But it’s clear that Microsoft has some work to do, and it has already started to change things up with its lower pricing for the Xbox One and the unbundling of the Kinect sensor. This week’s release of Sunset Overdrive for Xbox One could also change the dynamic.
One way or another, the 2014 holiday shopping season is going to be an interesting one in the console market.
Important note for all of the console data geeks out there: These numbers are global sales, vs. the regular NPD monthly reports, which are for the U.S. only.