A recent Take-Two Interactive earnings report has claimed that Sony's PS5 has outsold Microsoft's Xbox Series consoles by an almost two-to-one margin going into 2024. The PS5's success has been no secret after it recently hit a major sales milestone.
In December, PlayStation announced it had sold 50 million PS5 units since the console's launch in November 2020. Both Sony and Microsoft had to grapple with supply chain issues following the launch of their Generation 9 consoles, making the PS5's success even more impressive. PlayStation's exclusives and other factors like a bigger international presence have propelled its newest console to impressive heights.
GameSpot reported that a Take-Two earnings report explained that a total of 77 million gen-9 consoles have been sold as of December 31, 2023. Microsoft no longer reveals how many of its Series X and S consoles have been sold, but thanks to the previously mentioned reveal of Sony's December milestone, this would put Xbox's total Generation 9 sales at around 27 million units as of the end of last year. This spells out a massive gap between the unit sales of the competing companies, despite Microsoft offering the more budget-friendly Xbox Series S. It's likely that these results have spurred Xbox to adopt its rumored new strategy.
Over the last couple of weeks, numerous insiders have claimed that many of Xbox's biggest console exclusives are going multi-platform in the future. Some cited Xbox's lacking hardware sales as one of the main reasons for this shift in strategy, causing Xbox to search for new ways to generate profit. Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer recently confirmed that Xbox will deliver a «business update» the week of February 12th, which will likely respond to the recent rumors.
Some Xbox fans worry that if the rumors are true, this could spell the beginning of the end for Xbox consoles, as they will be significantly devalued if most major Xbox exclusives become available on all platforms. However, reportedly, Spencer recently informed Microsoft Gaming employees that the company would continue making Xbox consoles in the future.
Recent leaks detailed the production of Xbox's alleged next console. The leaks indicate that the next-gen product is apparently lagging behind its PlayStation equivalent due to a deal not yet being reached with CPU maker AMD. Previous leaks from September claimed that Xbox's next flagship console will focus heavily on cloud technology.
The Sony PlayStation 5 console is one of the most popular gaming machines currently with a fast SSD, a custom AMD APU, and 16GB of GDDR6 console memory, making it one of the best options on the market. It also happens to have a surprising number of console exclusives and currently trades
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MLB The Show 24 has revealed that a Storylines mode will follow the career of Derek Jeter, in which players can replay some of the ballplayer's most iconic moments. The new reveal comes after a recent announcement that also drummed up some excitement for this year's MLB The Show.
For the best part of this generation, Sony’s been pressured by a vocal part of the gaming community to borrow Xbox Game Pass’ unproven business model with PS Plus. The platform holder eventually decided to take a half-step, merging PS Now with its existing subscription but resisting the urge to add day one first-party software to the service. It’s described this strategy as unsustainable.
Xbox Cloud Gaming should start allowing users to stream their own games sometime in 2024, according to Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer. Streaming enthusiasts have been waiting for this feature to be added to the Xbox service since its earliest days, back when it was still called xCloud.
Four Microsoft first-party games will launch on Sony's PlayStation 5 and the Nintendo Switch, the company confirmed late Thursday after weeks of speculation over its exclusive titles releasing on rival platforms. The announcement came on the Official Xbox Podcast from Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer, who also shed further light on the reasons behind Xbox's business decision and confirmed that the next generation of Xbox consoles were in development. Microsoft has not yet revealed the four Xbox exclusives coming to PS5 and Nintendo Switch, but The Verge reported that said games would be Hi-Fi Rush, Pentiment, Sea of Thieves and Grounded.
If it weren’t enough that Microsoft detailed its plans for bringing first-party titles to other platforms (which doesn’t include Starfield and Indiana Jones and the Great Circle), it also discussed its next-gen hardware. Xbox president Sarah Bond promised the “largest technical leap” in a hardware generation.
Xbox's Phil Spencer has confirmed that two major Bethesda titles, Starfield and Indiana Jones and the Great Circle, will not be going multiplatform. The announcement comes after recent rumors that the Xbox titles would be released on competing consoles.
Blizzard Entertainment’s Diablo 4 will be the first new Activision Blizzard title to hit the Xbox Game Pass subscription service, head of Xbox president Sarah Bond announced Thursday during an episode of the Official Xbox Podcast. Diablo 4 will become available on March 28, Bond said, and it sounds like the first of multiple Activision and Blizzard-developed games bound for Game Pass.
Phil Spencer, Sarah Bond, and Matt Booty have hosted the latest official Xbox Podcast which was trailered to announce an “Xbox Business Update”. This follows days of speculation that many Xbox exclusive games might be going multi platform, such as Sea of Thieves, Indiana Jones and the Great Circle, and Starfield. There were even suggestions that Xbox legends such as Halo could be heading to PlayStation!
There was quite a bit of uncertainty for the Xbox brand last week. I’m sure you saw the nonstop flood of rumors suggesting that Xbox would see many exclusives leave the brand for other platforms. That also left concerns that we might see Microsoft’s gaming division imploding. We even had rumors that Activision Blizzard games might not even be coming to Xbox Game Pass. But that is not the case as Phil Spencer, Sarah Bond, and Matt Booty clears the air.
So, to say that the Xbox event that dropped today was “eventful” might be a bit of an overstatement for various reasons. One of those reasons is that nothing significant was truly revealed on the gaming side, and despite all sorts of “the sky is falling” statements about Microsoft going third-party, it didn’t happen. All Microsoft stated was that they wanted to “test the waters” by having certain titles go multi-platform despite being exclusive in the past, which is something numerous titles have done across several publishers. However, lost within that indecisiveness was a small glimmer of information that highlights the future of the company’s console brand.
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