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PS5 tops Xbox Series X/S sales by nearly double

PS5 tops Xbox Series X/S sales by nearly double

Last year's sales figures show that the PS5 was far more popular than the Xbox Series X and Series X combined.

It’s 2023, and I think we can all agree at this point that console wars are just a bit silly. There’s no need to choose a games company and dedicate yourself to it forever when embracing the work of all of them is just more fun.

Even so, when sales figures roll around, it’s hard not to compare consoles to each other. As ComicBook reports, according to games industry analyst Piers Harding-Rolls, recent PS5 sales figures are almost double those of Xbox Series X and S combined.

PS5 sales figures will probably soar even higher this year thanks to the release of Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 - take a look at the trailer below.

According to Harding-Rolls’ report (via Ampere Analysis), as of last year, the PS5 had an installed base of 30 million, whereas the installed base of both Xbox Series consoles was 18.5 million. When you consider that the Xbox Series S is by far the cheapest new-gen console on the market, it’s surprising to see that there’s such a difference between Microsoft and Sony this generation.

The analyst claims that in 2022, Sony owned 45% of the global console gaming market. Nintendo followed this at 27.7%, while Microsoft came in closely behind at 27.3% (these percentages were apparently calculated by taking into account sales of hardware, games and subscription services).

What’s more, it’s estimated that PlayStation and Xbox’s console sales gap will widen even further this year. Both platforms have some exciting exclusives releasing in 2023, with the highly anticipated Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 coming to PS5 and Bethesda titles Starfield and Redfall releasing on Xbox Series X/S (and PC).

Just because the Series consoles are lagging behind, that doesn’t mean that they're selling poorly by any means. With Microsoft’s plans to acquire Activision still in motion, the company could see a massive resurgence in popularity soon.

Featured Image Credit: Marcel Strauß via Unsplash, Billy Freeman via Unsplash

Topics: PlayStation 5, PlayStation, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox, Microsoft