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Things just can't seem to go the way of Microsoft lately. The sales game has become somewhat of a joke as far as comparisons between the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One go. In fact, it's not just the U.K., where the PS4 has managed to move massive SKUs over its direct competitor, as Sony's system has also overtaken the Xbox One in Germany by selling out twice as many units.
iGame Responsibly caught the news from a translated post on Neogaf that came from the German gaming site, Next-Gamer.
The translation from the site reads...
“Sales of PS4 and Xbox One for Germany were previously a guarded secret. Now the figures for the German market were abandoned and Sony also has the edge. Since launch of the PS4 on 29 November PS4 250,000 consoles were sold in Germany by the end of December 2013. The Xbox One appeared in this country on 22 November and has sold 100,000 copies. The figures are derived from the market research company Media Control GfK.”
Can you believe that? 150,000 SKUs more than the Xbox One.
The numbers all add up to Sony's 4.2 million stock keeping units of the PS4 moved by the end of 2013.
Sony is still estimated to trail Nintendo by about a million units as far as total install base numbers go, but analysts like Wedbush Morgan Securities' Michael Pachter believes that by the end of spring the PS4 will have surpassed the Wii U to become the front runner of the eighth gen cycle.
However, Nintendo isn't standing still; they aren't going to be gored in the financial stomach by Sony.
The PlayStation 4 may have an easy run against the Xbox One, making quick work of Microsoft's proxy in less than than two months, but they'll certainly have a harder time on their hands with the Wii U.
The biggest difference between the two match-ups is that the PS4 and Xbox One are nearly identical, save for the fact that the PS4 has better hardware and comes at a cheaper price. It's an easy win that most people saw coming a mile away. The Wii U and the PS4 are practically nothing alike, and despite the hardware advantage of the PS4, there's a price advantage for the Wii U.
There's also a matter of games... both the Wii U and PS4 won't be receiving any hard hitters until the spring. The real challenge will be which hard-hitter will be enough to be a system-seller to propel one console ahead of the other. Nintendo has a very paced 2014 ahead of them, so all they have to do is get their games out without delays. Sony has a lot of tricks up their sleeve, so they could pull ahead based on surprise announcements. It really is anyone's game.
As for the PS4 versus Xbox One... it doesn't look like it's much of a match-up anymore, as the PS4 continues to steadily pull ahead and pull away from its bigger and less powerful rival.
(Main image courtesy of Gamingreality.com)