PlayStation 5 May Be Outselling Xbox Series X|S Two-to-One

There may be a two-to-one difference in sales between the PlayStation 5 and Xbox One Series X|S according to numbers.
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Sony’s PlayStation 5 has crossed a major milestone, reaching 50 million units sold to consumers globally as of December 2023. This accomplishment comes just three years after the console’s November 2020 launch of PS5, which is incredible considering the chip shortage.

This was a year of strong momentum, fueled by a slew of critically acclaimed games. Baldur’s Gate 3, Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, Alan Wake 2, and more were definitely some of the top games to come out. According to a press release from PlayStation, this holiday season marks the first since launch where Sony boasts a full supply of PS5s, ready to meet the enthusiastic demand.

Despite Microsoft’s pushes to buy Activision and Bethesda and pushing Game Pass, Sony hasn’t lost any ground in the console market. Back in September, the number of Xbox Series X|S consoles was at 21 million. This means that Sony is likely beating Microsoft two to one.

Sony did a great job outdoing Microsoft during the PS4 and Xbox One era, but it looks like the momentum has yet to stop. Microsoft is a much richer company, boasting billions at its disposal, but Sony has made smarter decisions with their money. Their work on paying for timed exclusives and buying smaller development studios that do well is a testament to this. Destiny 2 has its problems, but Sony is letting Bungie handle things before they take over.

It’s hard to see Microsoft make up for lost ground, but anything can happen. For now, Sony is enjoying a victory lap for this generation.

Jorge A. Aguilar

Jorge A. Aguilar

Jorge A. Aguilar, also known as Aggy, is the current Assigning Editor.

He started his career as an esports, influencer, and streaming writer for Sportskeeda. He then moved to GFinity Esports to cover streaming, games, guides, and news before moving to the Social team where he ended his time as the Lead of Social Content.

He also worked a writer and editor for both Pro Game Guides and Dot Esports, and as a writer for PC Invasion, Attack of the Fanboy, and Android Police. Aggy is the former Managing Editor and Operations Overseer of N4G Unlocked and a former Gaming editor for WePC.

Throughout his time in the industry, he's trained over 100 writers, written thousands of articles on multiple sites, written more reviews than he cares to count, and edited tens of thousands of articles. He has also written some games published by Tales, some books, and a comic sold to Telus International.

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