From PC Mag: Both Microsoft and Sony have had sales of their latest consoles curtailed by ongoing component shortages. However, of the two, it looks as though Sony is continuing where it left off with the last generation by selling double the number of next-gen consoles compared to its rival.
As VGC reports, the latest sales analysis carried out by Ampere Analysis reveals that during Q1 this year, Microsoft sold 1.31 million Xbox Series X and Series S consoles. Sony on the other hand, more than doubled that with 2.83 million PS5 consoles sold. If accurate, it will be disappointing for Microsoft, which has placed a much bigger focus on subscription gaming for this generation, as well as having a performance advantage (on paper at least).
Sony won't be completely happy, though, because it's not topping the charts for gaming hardware sales. That crown goes to Nintendo, which sold 5.86 million Switch consoles over the same Q1 period—more than double that of the PS5. In fact, if you add together PS5 and Xbox Sales, Nintendo still comes out on top.
According to Ampere Analysis analyst Piers Harding-Rolls, the Switch is expected to continue to outsell Sony's and Microsoft's hardware for the rest of 2021, but that's mirrored by the fact component shortages for the PS5 and Xbox consoles will also be constrained for the rest of the year. Harding-Rolls admits that it's hard to gauge real demand because of the market conditions, but that, "Sony will be pleased that its PS4 market share is continuing into the new generation."
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