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PlayStation outsells Xbox 3:1 between April-June

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Jonathan Lester
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PS4, Xbox One

PlayStation outsells Xbox 3:1 between April-June

Sales figures really shouldn't mean anything to us gamers. We should be too busy revelling in our favourite hobby and interactive art form to worry about the performance of uncaring companies we have no financial stake in.

But hot-damn, Sony's latest quarterly financial report contains some seriously BIG numbers.

Specifically, the April-June PlayStation financials reveal that 3.5 million PlayStation consoles (PS3 and PS4) were shipped to retailers during the period. Even though Sony are still in the annoying habit of lumping console sales together (now even including PS Vita, PS TV and PSP sales in the same 0.75 million unit bracket, oh dear), this is a phenomenal performance in what is usually one of the slowest parts of the year. Console sales, along with software purchases and PlayStation Plus subscriptions, mean that games revenue skyrocketed 96% year on year.

Not difficult, since gamers were awaiting the 'next-gen' consoles this time last year, but the bottom line is that Sony's bottom line shot up from a £97m loss to a £25.5m profit.

These figures are even more impressive when compared to Microsoft's Xbox numbers during the same period. Their investor report confirmed that 1.1 million Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles were shipped, meaning that given the most generous estimate, Sony's PlayStation family outsold the Xbox brand by a factor of 3. Even after the decoupling of Kinect and some superb games on the horizon, it's clear that Microsoft still has some serious catching up to do following what can only be described as a shambolic false start.

Sound off: which new-gen console did you buy, or are you still sitting comfortably on the fence? What will Sony and Microsoft need to do to tempt you into a purchase or tear you away of your beefy rig? Are you bored of reading about sales figures as opposed to videogames, or would you like me to really dig into the details? Let us know in the comments!

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Late  Jul. 31, 2014 at 12:16

Ouch. That's bad news for Microsoft, and for those of us who bought the One.
I know you like to focus on the games, but if a console is falling behind it does have a direct impact on the games - as developers looking to release a game are naturally going to be more keen on releasing on the platform with the biggest installed base.

If you make your game exclusive to Microsoft you're depriving yourself of a massive market - and exclusives are one of the biggest selling points of a console.
If Microsoft continue to fall behind they'll be in danger of the problem growing exponentially as developers focus more on Sony's console.

Jerec  Jul. 31, 2014 at 12:50

Ouch. That's bad news for Microsoft, and for those of us who bought the One.
I know you like to focus on the games, but if a console is falling behind it does have a direct impact on the games - as developers looking to release a game are naturally going to be more keen on releasing on the platform with the biggest installed base.

If you make your game exclusive to Microsoft you're depriving yourself of a massive market - and exclusives are one of the biggest selling points of a console.
If Microsoft continue to fall behind they'll be in danger of the problem growing exponentially as developers focus more on Sony's console.


I agree with that.

I'll be buying a PS4 come Xmas (Destiny White bundle I reckon!) but I was very sad to see Evolve is an Xbone exclusive, as it looks fun.

But I dont know what the rest of the gaming population feels, but I have never chosen a console because of exclusives, I've chosen it on the machine itself, the marketing, the future scope thats been laid out and even the look of the console.

That is why I'll be getting a PS4 and not an Xbox One.

Last edited by Jerec, Jul. 31, 2014 at 12:51
Quietus  Jul. 31, 2014 at 12:54

I haven't bought either yet, but I've had PS+ building me up some games, and I'll no doubt buy a PS4 when Assassin's Creed comes out later this year (hopefully).

I never like exclusives, since it essentially means that there will be games that I simply can't play. Often it's not so bad, but if you then see a game you really like the look of, you're stuck.:(

JonLester  Jul. 31, 2014 at 13:09

UPDATE: I've added the Sony investor relations link so that you can optionally pore over the slides - if you're having a seriously boring afternoon. There's plenty more I could have covered regarding software sales and the wider corporation, but wanted to keep it snappy.

@Late: I accept your point about bigger install base = better security for developers = more chance of investment/publisher greenlighting = more games. I still wonder whether Microsoft can undercut the PS4 by ripping out the HDMI throughput in a smaller cheaper model.

As you might have guessed, these days I much prefer to write about games than financial reports - but I accept that they make for interesting stories that help us to understand the bigger picture. Folks, I'd be interested to know if you'd enjoy more or less of these financial posts, and in what sort of detail. Currently I try to pick out the one or two biggest 'headlines' or stories in each report if it's interesting.

EDIT: typo

Last edited by JonLester, Jul. 31, 2014 at 13:13
Michael231  Jul. 31, 2014 at 13:10

Well, there you have it folks. Presentation is the keyword and MS presentation was so bad in 2013 that people still use the same outdated reasons not to get an X1. The console is good but with 2013 still lingering about, I just feel people are going to actively miss out on a good console for nothing but pure stupid and dumb reasons.

I just hope in 2015 everyone will judge with sane minds and actually try the console before putting it down. Also I want to ask so of you people. Customers say that the PS4 is cheaper and more powerful but yet Iphone is less powerful than the main Galaxies but more expensive and still out sells the Galaxy line , how come for phones it's ok to think like that but consoles it's not?

scutting  Jul. 31, 2014 at 13:39

Ouch. That's bad news for Microsoft, and for those of us who bought the One.
I know you like to focus on the games, but if a console is falling behind it does have a direct impact on the games - as developers looking to release a game are naturally going to be more keen on releasing on the platform with the biggest installed base.

If you make your game exclusive to Microsoft you're depriving yourself of a massive market - and exclusives are one of the biggest selling points of a console.
If Microsoft continue to fall behind they'll be in danger of the problem growing exponentially as developers focus more on Sony's console.


I agree with that.

I'll be buying a PS4 come Xmas (Destiny White bundle I reckon!) but I was very sad to see Evolve is an Xbone exclusive, as it looks fun.

But I dont know what the rest of the gaming population feels, but I have never chosen a console because of exclusives, I've chosen it on the machine itself, the marketing, the future scope thats been laid out and even the look of the console.

That is why I'll be getting a PS4 and not an Xbox One.


I was sure Evolve is coming out on PS4 too, unless there has been some updated news on it.

bggriffiths  Jul. 31, 2014 at 14:09

Evolve will definitely be out on PS4, XO and PC.

JonLester  Jul. 31, 2014 at 14:33

@Jerec & Brendan: Yup, Evolve is definitely multiplatform! However, the BETA will be exclusive to Xbox One AFAIK, while Microsoft has also bagged timed DLC exclusivity.

Last edited by JonLester, Jul. 31, 2014 at 14:35
Late  Jul. 31, 2014 at 15:34

I'd be interested to know if you'd enjoy more or less of these financial posts, and in what sort of detail. Currently I try to pick out the one or two biggest 'headlines' or stories in each report if it's interesting.


I like the compromise you tend to report on already. Sales figures and financial info are relevant to gamers - but they're definitely not as compelling a read as games reviews and articles on the industry.
And I'm sure reporting on only the parts that catch your interest, with links to read up more if you're so inclined suits most folk.

By posting such pieces every couple of months you're definitely not overdoing it - and such articles often get people talking. And feedback/banter/opinions are always nice to see.

Last edited by Late, Jul. 31, 2014 at 15:36
Ilium  Jul. 31, 2014 at 18:25

Agreed. I think you find a nice balance. Besides, sometimes these posts are useful for prospective buyers. It's easy to get hung up on sales and figures because they're tangible, but I like the way you guys manage to analyse in a conversational tone and add in your own opinions to the mix.

That said, I agree with Late. I don't really come here for news, more for the longer articles and game-specific stuff. Been enjoying the semi-regular indie videos too. Put me onto some games that I hadn't heard about. Loving Heavy Bullets right now.

snotters  Jul. 31, 2014 at 18:27

God speed Sony. Put a penny in the wishing well so all may enjoy the bounty of consoles going forward in 2014.

Aye, a penny in the wishing well - and I wish them well.

wibbleboy  Aug. 1, 2014 at 07:31

Generally, it doesn't matter that Microsoft is falling behind in sales, as long as they keep selling enough to maintain it as a viable platform. Serious gamers will ultimately end up buying both systems to play all of the exclusives, assuming that there are sufficient exclusives to justify the hardware cost.

I owned a 360 for 5 years before picking up a PS3 to play Uncharted, Infamous, etc.

This time, I'll probably pick up a PS4 some time this year (and maybe finally grab a WiiU), but will ultimately grab an XBox one when there's enough of an incentive.

Jerec  Aug. 1, 2014 at 10:36

@Jerec & Brendan: Yup, Evolve is definitely multiplatform! However, the BETA will be exclusive to Xbox One AFAIK, while Microsoft has also bagged timed DLC exclusivity.


The clip I saw that showed the new Kraken beast, seemed to have at the end of it "Evolve - Exclusive to Xbox One", but upon looking at the site it is indeed multiplatform, which is even better news and makes me feel more happy about choosing PS4, just like when I sold my PS3 and then saw The Last of Us and was very sad that I wouldnt play that, and now that too is on PS4. Happy Days!

Last edited by Jerec, Aug. 1, 2014 at 10:39

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