Electronic Arts’ CFO Blake Jorgensen, Microsoft and Sony have sold a combined total of 55 million PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles worldwide before the end of 2015. His comments came during a recent earnings briefing (via GameSpot).
The EA boss put these numbers into greater context by comparing the numbers to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 sales numbers at this point in last generation’s lifecycle:
“The console purchases are up through the end of calendar year ‘15. Our estimate is 55 million units out there which has exceeded virtually everyone's forecast for the year and is now almost 50 percent higher than previous console cycle so, all of that is very, very positive.”
Sony has already confirmed that the PlayStation 4 has sold about 36 million units worldwide, which means that if Jorgensen’s numbers are accurate, the Xbox One has sold about 19 million units globally to date.
Microsoft has said it won’t release official sales numbers anymore, although the company did confirm that it sold more Xbox One units this past holiday than it did during holiday season 2014. It announced that three of its major exclusives (Halo 5: Guardians, Rise of the Tomb Raider, and Forza 6) all sold more than one million units last November.
Regardless how the numbers split for the two companies, the overall sales numbers suggest the console space of the industry is healthy.