Beleaguered Microsoft’s Xbox One has lost the console war to Sony’s PS4

“The console war is over, and Sony has come out the runaway winner over Microsoft,” John McKenna writes for Seeking Alpha. “According to the June NPD numbers, the PS4 beat the Xbox One for the fifth time in six months, despite Microsoft gaining a temporary sales boost during E3 week where new consoles were sold at a discount. Nevertheless, with a near 8 million console advantage, the gap is too large to make up for this generation. With games like Activision’s Call of Duty moving to a PS4-first model along with other multi-platform developers like Batman Arkham Knight, it’s clear which company the industry and consumer base favors.”

“The only time Microsoft can generate any sales momentum is when it knocks down the price,” McKenna writes. “Sure, the Xbox One came under criticism early on for being nearly $100 more expensive than a PS4, which was one of the many faults people had with the console, but consistently relying on sales for stripped-down versions (which mostly were about getting rid of the unpopular Kinect and TV integrations anyway) leaves a dent in Microsoft’s wallet in terms of lost sales and millions in R&D for additions that few actually wanted. This might change with the arrival of HoloLens and Oculus Rift, the latter being primarily financed by Oculus’ parent company Facebook, but for the present, it’s an example of why Sony has been able to put the console war to bed.”

“Microsoft lost the 8th generation console war due to self-inflicted injuries,” McKenna writes. “With more resources plowing into virtual and augmented reality, the next battle is not a fight Microsoft can afford to lose.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Beleaguered Microsoft has finally found something they’re really good at: Losing.

Beleaguered Microsoft. Excellence in failure™.

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37 Comments

  1. Since when was MS in the running? Lol

    The PS4 has always lead the overall sales figures, only lost 1-2 months in sales. (When everyone already had their PS4 and the Xbox was on sale, still is)

    Top games… 1080p@60fps on PS4
    960p@30-60fps for Xbox one.

    And then there’s that pesky kinnect that spies on you..

  2. That piece of junk only survived the first few years because of MS pumping monopoly generated dollars to keep it afloat. Any other legit company would have shut down after those losses.

  3. My white PS4 is one of my prized tech possessions right now. I could care less about an underperforming Xbox 3, um I mean Xbox 1, but not the first Xbox, the new one they call Xbox One. LOL

    Xbox = 2002 (perhaps the Xbox 1, or original Xbox)
    XBox 360 = 2005
    Xbox One = 2013

    Only Microsoft would come up with that.

      1. American brothers and sisters, on other hand, would advise dear Englishmen, to fix their teeth. (Teeth culture in USA is probably the most rigorous; the only questionable part is that due to large number of blacks in the country who have very white teeth everyone else also has to try to make their teeth much whiter than natural for their race — and this is not a thing in Europe and elsewhere.)

        1. I’m sure that England -and indeed the rest of the world- appreciates your unique lesson on the under appreciated area of ‘dental racism’.

    1. Seems like business as usual for Microsoft. 🙂 (skipping some release names where they tried to be logical)

      Windows (1.x)
      Windows 95
      Windows Me
      Windows XP
      Windows Vista
      Windows 7
      Windows 10 (with no 9 before it)

  4. Not for nothing but a video game console wars not only about the sales figures it’s about the fun of the games. I on the PlayStation four and decided to part ways with it after really nothing of my taste was coming out for the games like killer instinct and most of the other games I had wanted on the PS four comes with the Xbox To me Forza is very good more than enough of a comparison in many respects to drive club. Not an arcade style raiser for more of an open environment to race in. Not for nothing I like the Xbox one better. For nothing but I have the kinect and the voice commands are excellent. I see vice commands the way of the future with many things. Calibrated properly I achieve at least 95% accuracy rate with the commands. Sure the system is not quite as strong but ps4 is not great in the strength department. It’s good but for what it is its already dally behind technology wise just like Xbox and they both fell behind even sooner than 5 years with the rest of technology. Meaning pc. It comes down to the fun of the games, the network and such. Ps4 is good but to me this time around I like the Xbox better. This coming from someone that’s owned ps1,2,3,&4 the questions I’d ask is why are we paying for multiplayer service when pc gets those games and plays online for no cost. Oh wait I know greed.

  5. blatant fanboy editing here. Literally removing entire paragraphs talking about the positive points. Congrats on the clickbait… but goods for Microsoft that Mac Daily news is writing about a segment that apple will never be involved in.

  6. I’m going PS4 this gen. I had 3 Xbox 360s and the first 2 succumbed to the RROD. Had a dashboard update that caused the video out to act wonky one time.

    MS never really delivered what I’d consider to be a reliable console with the 360. It didn’t become stable until the last few revs of the design.

    I won’t be going through that BS again.

    1. They were able to become profitable on a quarterly basis but I’m not sure they ever profited over the massive writedowns in earnings over faulty hardware. I thought I read the 360 fiasco ended up costing them over 1 billion.

      1. “Break even on the consoles, make money off the licensing of games.”

        THIS.

        But then again, Sony has made money no the console. but only a little.

        Games however.. they do make the money. (both of them)
        http://venturebeat.com/2013/11/29/the-deanbeat-the-xbox-one-cost-471-to-make-the-ps4-costs-381-and-why-this-matters-in-the-long-run/

        Granted this is an old article, and costs will have changed by now (less or more)

        The PS4 still sells for $399, and the Xbox 1 dropped to $349.

  7. I’m no fan of Microsoft, so I don’t care about Xbox. But I do think the WiiU is seriously underrated. It’s a lot of fun. I don’t care about photo realistic graphics, I just want fun games.

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