Now that the Xbox Series X|S and the PlayStation 5 have both been released in the market, it has been determined by sales figures that the PlayStation 5 appears to have outsold Microsoft’s new consoles by nearly double.
The console war between Xbox and PlayStation is not new and several toxic fanboys feel so powerful about their favorite system that they are willing to purchase the competition and destroy new hardware for fame, but there’s no denying that player’s spending on the new PlayStation 5 gave Xbox a metaphoric beating during launch week.
The Xbox Series X|S launched first back on November 10 and immediately sold more than a million units worldwide. There were several early owners reporting issues with their Xbox Series X including loud noises or malfunctioning quick resume features, but still achieved the biggest console release in Xbox history.
Today, people may be interested in how the PlayStation 5 sold in comparison. Many guessed if launching a few days after Microsoft’s Xbox Series X could have affected Sony’s sales, as it looked possible that impatient players could purchase the Series X|S instead, especially with how hard bot-utilizing scalpers made it to get a PlayStation 5 purchase.
However, this was not the case, as VGChartz has unveiled a good picture of the PlayStation 5’s release day figures. The new console of Sony managed to sell somewhere between 2 to 2.5 million units. This means that the PlayStation 5 release managed to nearly double the Xbox’s sales, which relatively sold an estimated 1.4 units on its launch day.
Although PlayStation 5 owners have reported just as many software and hardware problems as Xbox players have in the past few weeks, their buying habits have established an early lead for Sony’s next-gen console.
One of the most crucial possible reasons is the wide selection of new titles available on the PlayStation 5, despite having one of the feeblest generational exclusive releases in Sony’s console history. On release, Sony also launched several AAA games along with the new console such as Demon’s Souls and Spider-Man: Miles Morales.
Miles Morales is also a PlayStation exclusive, which may be a specific selling point, beyond the console line’s strong marketing and branding supremacy. It is certain there is a high demand for Sony’s new console as well, to the point that people are reporting getting wrong items when buying PlayStation 5 units on Amazon.
Conclusively, the PlayStation 5’s release week blowout over its Xbox Series X|S rivals may come down to what fans feel they are investing for the long term, along with the aforementioned factors. Microsoft, despite getting top industry talents in the past years to develop its exclusive games library, has continuously moved toward a cross-gen future for a successful Xbox ecosystem, while fans possibly feel more guaranteed that owning a PlayStation 5 is a more assured way to get a hold of the best current-gen exclusive games when they finally release.