PS4 outsold Xbox One by more than double, Microsoft says

Sean Carey - August 15th 2022

Microsoft keeps its cards close to its chest when it comes to Xbox console sales figures, but Brazillian court documents reveal that Microsoft has finally admitted that the PS4 far outsold the Xbox One.

Defending its upcoming acquisition of Activision Blizzard, Microsoft submitted the documents to CADE (Administrative Council for Economic Defense), Brazil's competition regulator. These documents, which were spotted and translated by Game Luster, reveal that Sony's PS4 console sold more than double the number of Xbox One consoles.

Xbox One sold less than half the number of units compared to PS4

"Sony has surpassed Microsoft in terms of console sales and installed base, having sold more than twice as many [than] Xbox in the last generation," Microsoft said.

Microsoft stopped reporting console sales figures back in 2016, so it's been hard to gauge how the Xbox One stacked up against its competitors. However, with this small titbit of information from Microsoft and Sony's most-recent PS4 sales figures, we can roughly estimate just how many Xbox One consoles were sold.

In March, Sony confirmed a lifetime sales total of 117.2 million for the PS4, which means if the court documents are correct, Microsoft must have sold less than approximately 58.5 million Xbox One consoles, which is in line with predictions made by market research firms, including Ampere Analysis who estimated that as of the end of Q2 2020, Microsoft had sold around 51 million units.

Elsewhere in Microsoft's defence of the Activision Blizzard acquisition, Microsoft claimed that Sony was paying "blocking fees" to keep games from Xbox Game Pass.

Why do you think the Xbox One sold so poorly compared to the PS4? Do you think Microsoft is turning it around this generation? Let us know your thoughts down below.