Sony and Microsoft have released their March sales numbers. Sony reported that they sold their seven millionth PS4. While Microsoft has announced that they have shipped five million Xbox Ones to retailers. This is by far a cause for Sony to declare undeniable victory in the console wars of this generation, but the terms used in these sales reports are key here.
Sony reported that they SOLD their 7 millionth console. I have been in stores all throughout my region and there is never more than two or three PS4 systems in the store at any given time. Microsoft on the other hand reported that they SHIPPED their five millionth to retailers. On the other side of the coin, I have never seen a store without at least 5 or more Xbox Ones on DISPLAY, let alone what they have in the back. Microsoft seems to be continuing to ship consoles to retailers even if there is no immediate demand.
Forbes has a great graphic showing the trend in sales of each system since they were released. While again the graphic is by no means shows a definitive win for Sony, it should definitely be grabbing Microsoft’s attention. Both systems are starting to show signs of sales leveling off, but the Xbox seems to be slowing at a greater pace than the PS4.
Xbox risks falling well behind Playstation in installed user base unless they do something soon. Even with the launch of Titanfall in March, Forbes is reporting that PS4 still outsold the Xbox One in the month. It will definitely be interesting to see how Microsoft responds to the latest sales numbers. Feel free to use the comments to give your opinion on what Microsoft should do to improve their sales.