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The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are locked in a tight battle over the sales charts. Both consoles have sold more than two million units each since their launch in mid (and late) November. Fanboy console warriors and armchair mercenaries have been butting horns over which console is leading and which one is leading, well as far as the UK goes it looks like the PS4 has secured itself a battleground win.
PlayStation Lifestyle caught the story from MCVUK, where it was revealed by the Entertainment Retailers Associated via Chart-Track, that the Xbox One trailed the PlayStation 4 by more than 166,000 SKUs, with the PS4 moving more than 530,000 SKUs by the end of 2013 in the United Kingdom alone, where-as the Xbox One only managed 364,000 SKUs by comparison.
Entertainment Retailers Associated's general director, Kim Bayley, commented about the sales data between the two consoles from Sony and Microsoft, saying...
“Games continues to deliver digital sales strongly, but it was disappointing that Xbox One and PS4 came so late in 2013 and then huge demand meant stock sold out quickly. Retailers will be working hard in 2014 to maintain the sales momentum of these two great new pieces of kit.”
This sales data seems to coincide with the recent reports that the PlayStation 4 has been outselling the Xbox One in the retailer market and in the online department, as far as eBay sales go.
Some reports have tried calming the fanboy masses by saying that both consoles are selling evenly, but even off-hand numbers in VGChartz comparisons show that the PlayStation 4 is still beating the pants off the competition in week-to-week sales and even more-so in month-to-month sales. In other words, if the consoles were stock right now the PS4 would be Apple, the Wii U would be Samsung and the Xbox One would be Sony.
Many analysts have also estimated that the PlayStation 4 will become the market leader eventually, surpassing the Nintendo Wii U and will capture the eighth generation crown of home console gaming by the time 2016 rolls around.
However, take note that analysts also believed that the PlayStation 3 would outsell both the Xbox 360 and the Wii, saying in 2007 that the PS3 would dominate by 2010. That, of course, never happened.
For now, though, it looks like the PlayStation 4 – as far as early numbers go – is surpassing the Xbox One in head-to-head competition. The market numbers for December will be the real deciding factor as to whether the PS4 has pulled ahead of the Xbox One or if the numbers still say that they're close together.
I'm pretty sure that Sony's worldwide studios head honcho, Shuhei “The Boss” Yoshida, upon seeing the news about the PS4 outperforming the competition in sales, sat back in his chair and...