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PS4 and Xbox One have sold 5.1 million units in the UK

By Matthew Handrahan

PS4 and Xbox One have sold 5.1 million units in the UK

Wed 23 Mar 2016 2:13pm GMT / 10:13am EDT / 7:13am PDT

Game Digital's data puts this generation 45 per cent ahead of PS3 and Xbox 360 at the same point

PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have sold a combined total of 5.1 million units in the UK, according to data released by the retailer Game Digital.

If accurate, that means this generation of PlayStation and Xbox consoles is selling 45 per cent better than the last. At this point in the previous generation, two years on from launch, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 had only reached 3.5 million sales.

Those consoles have sold a combined 14.5 million units in the UK across an eight year period, according to Game Digital. PS4 and Xbox One have already surpassed a third of that, in less than a third of the time.

This is roughly in line with what we know about worldwide sales of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Only Sony is reporting hard sales figures on a regular basis, with the last count for PS4 being 35.9 million units. Microsoft, on the other hand, is generally speaking about other metrics, specifically those related to engagement with Xbox Live.

Instead, we have comments from well placed individuals like EA CFO Blake Jorgensen, who recently told investors that the company's estimate is, "55 million units out there, which has exceeded virtually everyone's forecast for the year, and now almost 50 per cent higher than previous console cycle."


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Nick Parker Consultant

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I have slightly higher estimates for combined lifetime sales of PS4 and Xbox One in the UK at 5.5m, exactly 10% of global sales.

Posted:7 months ago


Adam Campbell Producer, Hopster

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That's quite incredible. No console decline to be seen here.

Posted:7 months ago


Richard Browne Partner & Head of Interactive, Many Rivers Productions

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Well to be fair it's not really a straight comparison ; the PS3 and the XBox 360 were dying to be replaced, and were replaced by consoles that were fairly easy to develop for and hit the ground running. The PS3 NOBODY (least of all Sony) actually wanted given how strong the PS2 still was, in the end their hand was forced by Microsoft trying to stem the losses of the original Xbox ; and as we fondly remember the PS3 hit the ground in a drunken stumble while massively overpriced on some cell chip bender. Really it's a case of whether or not we'll see a plateau, and with all this talk of "refreshes" it may seem that both Sony and Microsoft feel it might.

Posted:7 months ago


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