We Have a Winner! Sony Beats Microsoft in Holiday Console Sales
After months of Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Sony (NYSE:SNE) staying neck-and-neck in the video game console race, Sony appears to be pulling ahead of the Xbox maker. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Sony Computer Entertainment President and Group CEO Andrew House announced that as of December 28, Sony had sold 4.2 million PlayStation 4 devices, according to a report from Games Industry.
Sony also released updates on how users are engaging with their PS4 devices. Games Industry reports that through 2013, 9.7 million PS4 games were sold, and PlayStation Plus subscriptions are up a whopping 90 percent. The device’s streaming capabilities have lead to users streaming 1.7 million gameplay sessions.
Microsoft’s latest figures, released on Monday, showed the company sold 3 million Xbox One consoles through the end of 2013. “The reaction from our fans was mind-blowing for our team. As we see your excitement, your energy, and your hours of gameplay, we continue to be inspired to do great work — for you,” Xbox executive Yusuf Mehdi said at the time.