PS4/Xbox One Combined Sales Reach 55 Million Units, Estimates EA Boss

With Sony selling close to 36 million PS4s, that puts Xbox One sales at around 19 million.

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According to Electronic Arts CFO Blake Jorgensen, 55 million combined PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles were sold worldwide before the end of 2015. Jorgensen revealed the figure during a recent earnings briefing, where he also compared the numbers to PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 sales over the same period in their respective lifecycles.

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"The console purchases are up through the end of calendar year '15," he said. "Our estimate is 55 million units out there which has exceeded virtually everyone's forecast for the year and is now almost 50 percent higher than previous console cycle so, all of that is very, very positive."

55 million is even ahead of EA's own predictions. Back in November, Jorgensen predicted that combined console sales would reach 50-51 million units worldwide by the end of 2015.

"Clearly, consoles have sold faster than everyone expected," he said at the time.

With close to 36 million units sold worldwide, the PS4 is the global sales leader. If Jorgensen's 55 million estimation is correct, that would put Xbox One sales at around 19 million units. Earlier this month, Mary J. Foley of GameSpot sister site ZDNet reported that Xbox One sales have reached at least 18 million units, though of course this is not an official number.

Microsoft reported earnings this week, confirming that it shipped more Xbox One consoles during the holiday period than it did the year prior. However, as stated previously, Microsoft does not plan to announce specific Xbox One console shipment numbers going forward.

December 2015 was the Xbox One's best US sales month on record, according to Microsoft.

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No shock in these numbers. PS4 is the better system, better graphics, and the lineup for 2016 is killer compared to my Xbox One which used most of their exclusives at the end of 2015 with little effect.

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sales number gap is large, but pornhub viewer almost match ps4 owner. Thats xbox owner

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Thank you EA. Right before the flames die down...you guys toss a few gallons of gasoline on the fire. Way to go :D

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So now EA is going to report sales for Microsoft? Microsoft should be upset with EA because EA has no business in stating any hardware sales of another company, no matter how close their business relationship is.

Of course you have the pony-bois eating this up.

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@penkowalski: That Mary Foley. You think maybe she has access to NPDs? Might not be an official number but it's close, and plenty of people have access to those. Get posted on GAF all the time.

I'm sure EA has to report potential sales numbers to investors for their console software titles and that probably includes numbers such as this, and since investors can be the public, then the public can/should find this out from EA because it is important to them if they are investors.

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That's actually not bad. Don't know why MS is ashamed to release the figures. Yes they're losing to PS4, but they were losing much worse to the Wii last gen and still were willing to release their figures every now and then.

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The wii u is at 12.5 million that is the real competitor for the xbox one ps4 is in a total different class once the wii u releases the new zelda open world game they have a chance of beating the xbox.

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@yukushi: How is an Xbox One competing with the Wii U? They have totally different game libraries and appear to be aimed at different markets...

I mean both have a TV guide and fantasy football I guess

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@girlusocrazy: They both have a Netflix app and plug into the AC wall socket.

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@yukushi: Zelda will probably launch on WiiU and NX at the same time, probably not going to shift 7 million units on its own.

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Good new overall. Whenever gaming does good, we all stand to benefit no matter the platform. Now givez uz GAMEZ

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Sounds about like last gen just flipped. Best thing is the market can support all of them.

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Just wait until the NX descends from the heavens. 500 million sold by the end of 2017!!

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@Moonco: We can always dream...right?

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@Moonco: All Nintendo must do is to name it Super Nintendo 2

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@sladakrobot: But, knowing Nintendo, they'll be sure to doom it with a baffling name that limits its appeal

"Nintendo Wii U Too"

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@Spartan_418: Wii U Thei (pronounced "they") would match the theme too.

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@sladakrobot: Mysterious person, you might be a marketing genius

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Wish all the misguided children would just accept that the Xflop Done has zero redeeming qualities, and that Sony really should have a complete monopoly over the console business and push new game prices to over $100.

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I wish more people would just be happy and secure with their purchases instead of having to justify their choice to strangers on the internet. Buy the one you prefer, both if you can afford it, and be happy. Both consoles are 99% the same anyway.

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@moose-fitz: So true. The CHILDREN on this site are constantly arguing over their peices of plastic. Waaaahhhh, mine is better than yours! You don't have both consoles and a PC rig? Then your either poor or a filthy casual. Period.

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@fig56: Thats because PS4 is a better value and better.

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@shiss27: Oh please convince me how it's a better value for everyone, because that's pretty much what you're stating.

I actually own both system. I got the Xbox One first, then a few months later, I got the PS4.

Let's see, I currently have 48 games for the Xbox One, and a measly 10 for the PS4. Hmmm, which has more value.

I do a lot more than just gaming with the Xbox One every single day while my PS4 just sits in the corner waiting to get played.

I actually have to make myself purchase a game for the PS4 just to justify my ownership of one.

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@penkowalski: Lol. An opinion is all

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@fig56: The sad thing is some of them aren't kids. Some are grown adults.

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@fig56: I'm an optimist and hold out hope that most of the people arguing are just trolling. I won't lie, I troll too sometimes. It's undeniably fun in moderation.

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@moose-fitz: I guess that's one way to look at it. I don't troll. I just tell it how it is. If people don't like it, that's their problem not mine.

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@moose-fitz: Tell that to a PS troll.

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@adriangrey11: you can't reason with a troll or fanboy of any kind.

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@moose-fitz: This is true.

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Good numbers for both companies, especially since consoles are dead... ... ....

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Edited By SadSharpe

So the question for me: is do these numbers actually matter? Subjectively if you've got any console and are happy then the sales don't matter at that time, however sales matter for longevity and what future content you might be seeing. Take the Dreamcast, I loved it but unfortunately Sega didn't shift it to the masses and it therefore didn't get wide spread publisher and developer support for the many years it was deserving.

So these numbers matter as they show what support each console is likely to receive going forward. If you were a publisher and wanted to make your title an exclusive, which console would you be most likely to approach first? Other things being equal its a no brainer!

Most households will have one console, if your on the fence, which one are you going to buy? Again the safer money is with the console with bigger install base.

These numbers aren't the be all and end all, but THEY MATTER and will influence what content comes from third party devs in coming years.

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