It’s a confirmed fact that is actually making the next-gen console wars between Sony and Microsoft all the more exciting. The PS4 sold 2.1 million units, while the Xbox One was hot on its heels at a solid 2 million. As SCEA head Jack Tretton said, “Demand continues to overwhelm supply, but we’re working hard to get PS4 units into the hands of customers throughout the holiday season.” Good news for Sony, but what about Microsoft?
It turns out that while the Xbox One came up short, it was the fastest selling console during that month, but the PS4’s sales distribution spanned a more symmetrical period of purchase. In other words, the Xbox One went off at 101K sold each day of availability (November 22nd through November 30th), but the PS4 was available starting on November 15th.
Still, the Xbox One sold out so quickly because of higher demand. Or as NPD creatively puts it, “When looking at sales on an average per-week basis, Xbox One led PS4.”
These stats are tricky, at times.