“2015’s all-important holiday quarter… saw Sony continuing to extend its sales lead over the competition,” Kyle Orland reports for Ars Technica. “In recent earnings reports for the fourth calendar quarter last year (October through December), Sony announced shipments of 8.4 million PS4 units to retailers (Fig. 1), a record for the system and a 2 million unit improvement from the 2014 holiday quarter.”

“Nintendo, however, announced 1.87 million shipments of Wii U hardware. That marks the system’s second straight year of slight decreases in holiday performance, which came despite the availability of well-regarded 2015 releases like Splatoon and Super Mario Maker,” Orland reports. “Microsoft no longer even offers combined ‘Xbox family’ hardware shipment details in its earnings report… We used a midpoint estimate of a 7 percent year-over-year increase for Xbox One shipments. Applying that system to the holiday numbers that we generated for the fourth quarter of 2014 (themselves an estimate), you get the numbers in Fig. 1 above: 4.81 to 5.82 million holiday quarter shipments for the Xbox One.”

“This time around, we actually have a way to do a sanity check on our long-term Xbox One estimates. Last week, EA executive Blake Jorgensen let slip internal estimates of roughly 55 million units sold between the Xbox One and the PS4,” Orland reports. “With Sony claiming 35.9 million of those sales (through the end of 2015), that leaves roughly 19.1 million Xbox Ones sold over the life of the system.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Yeah, but beleaguered Microsoft deserves a P/E ratio of 19.83. (dripping with sarcasm)

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