Yesterday many people used EA’s recent financial report and (two plus two is four, minus one that’s three) quick maths to work out that Xbox One sales were really lagging behind those of PlayStation 4.
You can read how the sales were calculated here, but in short Xbox One was a smidgen under 30 million units and PlayStation 4 at over 73 million. Microsoft have come out fighting, “The projections are inaccurate,” a spokesperson told Alphr. “Regardless, we are focused on delivering amazing gaming experiences to players on all devices and engagement is our measure of progress.”
Microsoft moved away from sales figures a few years back when it was clear Sony was racing ahead and now like to report ‘engagements’. To be fair to Microsoft that sort of thing is really important in the days of games-as-services, Microsoft will be raking in the money from Xbox Live and in the end it doesn’t matter how they make the money, just that they make lots of it.