Silent on its sales figures since 2016, the computer giant indicated in an official document that its rival Sony had surpassed it on the last generation of game consoles.
For several weeks, the competition authorities have been investigating the acquisition of Activision Blizzard by Microsoft. Faced with fears from video game companies such as Sony – the maker of the PlayStation – or Riot Games, the computer giant is trying to minimize the consequences of its takeover.
Research by Brazil’s national competition regulator has led to the publication of a document in which Microsoft responds to the concerns raised. Spotted by GameLuster, the document provides a lot of information. It allows in particular to have an overview of the number of game consoles sold by Microsoft – the manufacturer of the Xbox.
No sales figures since 2016
The latest generation of consoles was released in November 2013. Microsoft unveils the Xbox One while Sony launches the PlayStation 4. These two consoles displayed opposing philosophies: the PlayStation 4 focused on gaming while the Xbox One introduced gaming features. entertainment still too avant-garde, recalls Kotaku. Microsoft quickly saw Sony gain the upper hand in the sales game.
This superiority of the Japanese manufacturer even prompted the American giant to stop communicating its sales figures in 2016. However, the document from the Brazilian competition regulator gives details on this data kept secret.
“Sony has surpassed Microsoft in terms of console sales and installed base, having sold more than double the Xbox in the last generation,” the document translated from Portuguese mentions.
With a PlayStation 4 sold at 117 million copies, the ratio revealed by Microsoft would bring Xbox One sales to less than 58 million. In reality, this figure would be around 55 million according to the latest estimates by sector analysts. And even if analysts’ projections were good, this is the first time that Microsoft has revealed an indication of its console sales in six years.