There's a battle going on right now and your living room is at the forefront of it all. It's a battle that has been going on for years and once again, each party has upped the stakes. For those of us who like to play video games and have our living rooms connected, things have begun anew. Sony has brought their PlayStation 4 while Microsoft has brought their XBOX One and even though there may never be a clear winner here, the situation is heating up.
The PlayStation 4 was launched on November 15th, 2013 in North America, and November 29th, 2013 in Europe and Australia. Cumulatively, PlayStation has sold through more than 7 million units globally as of April 6th, 2014 while software sales have exceeded more than 20.5 million through retail outlets and through the PlayStation Store worldwide as of April 13th, 2014.
Microsoft's Xbox One was released across North America, several European markets, Australia, and New Zealand on November 22nd, 2013 and thus far has sold-in to retailers more than 5 million consoles. Microsoft doesn't seem too keen on sharing direct game sale figures though, simply noting that software sales are impressive with an average of 2.9 games sold per console. For March, Xbox One sold 1.4 million games.
According to a new report from IDC, Sony will be the leader when it comes to the latest generation of consoles and they've gone so far as to predict that by 2016 Sony will have sold 51 million units globally. The full report, Worldwide Video Game and Entertainment Console Hardware and Packaged Software 2014-2018 Forecast, will be available later this week but while analyst predictions are always interesting, we're more interested in what you all think.
In the Connectedly Forums right now we have a poll running, PS4 or XBOX One? Be sure to stop by and add your vote for your favorite console and let us and everyone else know why. Also, while you're there let us know what your must-have games for each console are as well.