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Xbox Series X Sales Reportedly 12 Million Behind PS5




It's hard to believe the current generation of PlayStation and Xbox consoles is already well over two years old. As both become more widely available following shortages for those first two years, comparing sales numbers now starts to paint a better picture of how each has performed so far. A little more than two years in, the PS5 currently has an almost 12 million unit lead over the Xbox Series X|S.

Since Xbox rarely reveals how many consoles it has sold, those latest figures are based on estimates published by Ampere Analysis’ Piers Harding-Rolls (thanks, VGC). The same research believes that gap will only widen in the coming months. That's due to PS5s being easier to find, but Series X stock not becoming more widely available until the second half of 2023.

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A significant gap between PlayStation and Xbox would have been expected by all parties. It's not all bad for Xbox though. The analysis also reveals Xbox's overall share in the console gaming market increased in 2022 when compared to 2021. 27.3 percent last year, up from 25.5 percent the year prior. Both PlayStation and Nintendo's shares of the market dropped to allow for that Xbox growth.

Close-Up Of Xbox Series X Controller

Even though the Series X|S has been lagging behind PlayStation sales-wise, Game Pass growth is responsible for its market share growth. Ampere reports Xbox's Game Pass subscriber numbers hit an all-time high during the final three months of 2022. Interestingly, Microsoft recently claimed Xbox has a 30 percent share of the global market versus PlayStation's 70 percent, though those numbers didn't account for Nintendo.

PlayStation claimed PS5s were finally readily available towards the end of 2022 and this research further proves that's accurate. Where exactly each console will end up numbers-wise is anyone's guess. Right now, most eyes are on the Nintendo Switch in that arena. Nintendo's newest console recently solidified itself as the third best-selling console ever, surpassing the PS4 and Game Boy.

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