New independent data suggests that the PS5 is selling twice the number of consoles as Xbox, and that the Xbox Series S is outselling the X.
Xbox’s refusal to release sales data for any of its hardware or software has been an issue for a long while now, but it’s long been assumed that the PlayStation 5 is outselling the Xbox Series X/S by a factor of around 2:1.
Officially, the PlayStation 5 has shipped 13.4 million consoles worldwide, while unofficially the Xbox Series X and S combined is believed to be somewhere north of 7 million.
According to analyst group Ampere Analytics those figures are broadly correct, as they quote the number of sold (which is different to shipped) Xbox Series X/S consoles as 6.7 million and 12.8 million for PlayStation 5. Interestingly, they also suggest that the Xbox Series S is the biggest seller in many regions.
Although these figures seem fairly straightforward the situation is likely more complicated than it seems and one of the main reasons the PlayStation5 is selling more is not simply that it’s more popular but that more are being produced, compared to the Xbox Series X/S.
Similarly, the Xbox Series S has been easily available for most of the year, whereas the Xbox Series X has been just as difficult to get hold of as the PlayStation 5. So even if the Series S wasn’t necessarily people’s first choice of next gen console, they may have ended up buying it if it was the only one easily available.
Xbox boss Phil Spencer has previously said that he expects the Xbox Series S, which sells for £250, to outsell the £450 Xbox Series X by the end of the generation.
According to Ampere Analytics, the success of the Xbox Series S is having a noticeable effect on digital game sales on Xbox, which are well ahead of the PlayStation 5 – where the disc-based model is by far the most popular.
Again, there are other factors which encourage digital sales on Xbox, when compared to PlayStation 5, but at the moment Sony seems to show no interesting in pushing it’s Digital Edition console over the more expensive standard model.
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