Popular games publication IGN has produced a chart showcasing how well each of the next generation consoles have done since they launched. The site says that Sony has sold 4.2 million PlayStation 4 consoles from November 15th to December 28th which is around six weeks. The Xbox One has sold 3 million consoles from November 22nd through December 31st which is a period of about 5.5 weeks.
However, the site notes that Nintendo has only provided sales figures from October when they announced 3.91 million Wii U’s were sold worldwide. Interestingly, estimates from the November and December sales periods range from 4.5 million to 5.2 million total. We won’t get official numbers until the investors meeting this month. Here’s what IGN had to say about the launches:
IGN: We can draw three real conclusions from these stats:
1) The Wii U is in real trouble.
Both Sony and Microsoft nearly erased Nintendo’s year-long lead in a matter of weeks. Both consoles will be in more homes than the Wii U soon, if they aren’t already.
2) The console business is extremely healthy.
PC gaming may be thriving. Mobile gaming may be thriving. But it seems neither category is growing at the expense of the traditional game console. It’s impressive to see just how much stronger and faster the launch of the PS4 and Xbox One were when compared with the problem-plagued launches of the PS3 and Xbox 360.
3) We have a long way to go.
Fanboys can quibble over launch figures all they want, and they do matter – momentum is extremely important. But with both the Xbox One and PS4 likely to sell 80 million+ units in their lifetime, no one should spend much energy getting overly excited about the first couple million. It’s still the opening few minutes of the game.