Report: PS4 outsold Xbox One during 2013 in UK

The last few weeks of 2013 saw the worldwide launches of two new game consoles, the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4. Today, a report from the UK claims that Sony's new machine beat out Microsoft's console in sales during 2013, even though the Xbox One launched in that country one week before the PS4.

MCVUK reports that according to data from Chart-Track, the PS4 sold 530,000 units in the UK during 2013, compared to the Xbox One with 364,000 units. Chart-Track previously reported that the Xbox One sold 150,000 units in the UK during its first 48 hours, while there were 250,000 PS4 consoles sold during its initial two days.

Kim Bayley, the director general of the UK trade group the Entertainment Retailers Association, said of the next-gen console sales numbers:

Games continues to deliver digital sales strongly, but it was disappointing that Xbox One and PS4 came so late in 2013 and then huge demand meant stock sold out quickly. Retailers will be working hard in 2014 to maintain the sales momentum of these two great new pieces of kit.

PS4 hardware sales generated £181.8 million in revenue during 2013, while Xbox One made £144.5 million. It should be noted that both consoles sold more units during their respective launches than any previous game console.

Source: MCVUK | Image via Microsoft and Sony

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Sour grapes. The market has spoken. If the roles were reversed, I'm sure the comments would be very different. Instead of making excuses, make a better product and the you'll see numbers swing in that direction.

Considering the recent poll on this site of the amount of XB1 owners it's not shocking to see a bunch of people complaining about this post.

We need to start boycotting blatant flamewar-bait articles like this.

"Report: PS4 outsold Xbox One during 2013 in UK" is not a newsworthly subject unless you're trying to fan the flames of the 'console war.'

TBH neither console is good for gfx visuals on games tbh, at most there just using dx11 gfx with higher res textures rather than dx9/10 which accounts for the more impressive visuals but its not that impressive. Of course its the gameplay which makes a game good not its gfx for the most part. For me CoD Ghosts (on PC) i dont think it looks that good tbh you can tell its definately way behind on visuals than other game engines such as frostbite 3 and the gameplay is mediocre, rip off of GI Joe 2 with the odin satellite (was called Zeus in the film).

You can tell the frostbite 3 engine is way better than CoD's seeing as both consoles not only in visuals but struggle to run BF4 with high enough gfx (settings) to show the game off how its supposed to be. Sure theyll get better but cant see it being much better, and with Star Citizen coming in 2 years which i think is going to be the first 4K game out may as well use the consoles as a coaster!!! X1 has more appeal cus of the voice integration and stuff and when it gets to where it needs to be in like 1-2 years it could be more appealing than the ps4

surely figures are more important when both consoles hit general availability, where anyone can walk into a shop and walk out with the console of their choice. The orders for both were backlogged into 2014 before December. All these figures mean is that Sony had more units available for the launch.

This is to be expected. When your console has about the same specs but a higher price then you end up selling less units. Unless your brand power is huge but Xbox isnt bigger then PS, if anything its smaller.

I'm not sure what Microsoft is thinking. The Kinect and their multimedia features are cool but few people are willing to pay that much more for them. Still I think the Xbox as a 'living room PC' is a cool concept. Microsoft should consider building a cheap non-core gaming version that is aimed at multimedia as well as Kinect and Arcade games. This would be a very interesting device if they unlock more of the Windows 8 power that is inside.

Understandable.

Nobody I know is planning on getting the XboxOne (even previous Xbox360 owners and PC gamers).
Everyone wants the PS4.

The "regular consumers" here in Norway doesn't even know about the XboxOne, but everyone knows about the PS4.

I guess the US market is the only market where the XboxOne adoption will be good this time around. Seems like the PS4 is taking the european and asian markets by storm. And since the US is about 3% of the world population it doesn't really matter if the XboxOne wins the market there as long as Sony captures the european and asian markets, which are much bigger markets.

You'd think after the 360, they'd try harder to make an impact on the international markets, as opposed to flooding the few markets they've released to with enough product to have large quantities sitting on shelves now. They also don't seem to have any hard dates for 2014 in terms of releases, as far as I can tell, where as Sony already has a hard date slated for Feb. 22 for their Japan release, which will also be massive.

well I've got an xbox one and the things which really annoy me:

Voice commands are hit and miss

If I say xbox on, console, tv and amp power on, then the console powers back off. Hitting the button works fine

No TV guide in UK

Software bugs, I've had quite a few lockups

Kinect Rivals demo keeps saying that the kinect cant see me.....yet the green dot is slap bang in the middle. If i keep retrying eventually it will work....when it does, its great

Can't seem to get my mic working in forza 5. My friends are in party chat, yet nobody can hear anyone. Maybe we are doing something wrong?

When I first played the Kinect Sports Rivels demo I had a similar problem until I realised it was picking up the bean bag nearby, once I shifted that out the way it was fine.

FalseAgent said,
ENOUGH OF THIS ALREADY.

Indeed. If the One had outsold the PS4 then all the comments on here would be "haha see Xbox One is better!" but as the PS4 outsold the One the comments are "Yeah well the PS3 outsold the 360 first too" and "Oh well two months of sales data, lets see how things are in a year". Ugh god. Seriously the consoles are very similar and the only reason to get one over the other is if you want the exclusives of one system over the other.

On a related note did I see some news articles online about the Wii U outselling the One as well in the UK? (Not on Neowin, can't recall where I saw that).

InTheSwiss said,
Seriously the consoles are very similar and the only reason to get one over the other is if you want the exclusives of one system over the other.

This is basically me at the moment, I want the PS4 for it's exclusives that are coming up later in the year, but nothing is grabbing me at the moment - so I'm not missing out. The only thing I'd like on the Xbox One thus far is Titanfall.

Kaa-Ching said,
exactly, silence console peasants with you're issues. The PCMasterrace Nobility has spoken!

your*

We're not even referring to anything PC related here, so why are you attempting to start another flamewar in the comment section?

InTheSwiss said,

Indeed. If the One had outsold the PS4 then all the comments on here would be "haha see Xbox One is better!" but as the PS4 outsold the One the comments are "Yeah well the PS3 outsold the 360 first too" and "Oh well two months of sales data, lets see how things are in a year". Ugh god. Seriously the consoles are very similar and the only reason to get one over the other is if you want the exclusives of one system over the other.

On a related note did I see some news articles online about the Wii U outselling the One as well in the UK? (Not on Neowin, can't recall where I saw that).

100% Agree.

If it were the other way around it would be a completely different tune, it wouldn't be console wars flame bait then apparently.

Cheaper, better designed, faster hardware. No surprises that the PS4 is in the lead. Also, OneGuide functionality on the XBox One is currently useless in the UK.

That's the real issue here, I have a 'One', but when I show it to friends theres a lot of expectation - built from E3 etc - that the system can't deliver on.

What I would like to see Microsoft do in a future release is allow me to attach my XB1 to my Live account in such a way that we can push custom IR codes for system actions via a web dashboard app.
That way we could use the One Guide in a limited fashion right now; simple channel up/down etc. Also because of the way the DVR functionality works we *should* be able to use that with Sky at least simply by adding some IR codes and binding them to a suitable voice command.
Its not a hard problem to solve, but they do have lots of other not hard problems to resolve first I guess.

Perhaps MS is only doing a soft launch now and will do a true launch when all the features are ready, similar to what they did when they introduced the NXE.

It does suck to buy a system and most of its lauded features that make it unique are unusable or not in their ideal state. I think of MS's Xbox One reveal where they were in front of a daytime audience and demonstrating their system to non-gamers and letting them know the machine was for them too. They need to back that up a bit more.

Setting up the system is nothing like setting up an A/V component. It's marketed as an appliance but it isn't as easy to use as an appliance. Mom and dad can't really set this up as easy as a TiVo or other DVR. The default dashboard would make no sense to them. Hopefully they streamline all of this and make it as painless as possible.

Cheaper console sold better than the expensive one. What is the surprise there?

PS3 also outsold XBOX 360 in UK initially. Later 360 beat the PS3 in overall sales.

But the PS3 was more expensive when it released and it still initially sold more that the 360 in the UK?

Blasphemy! makes your post a bit conflicted... Considering the PS3 sold more initially and was more expensive than the X360 and now the PS4 is selling more and its cheaper so price doesn't seem the correlating factor the brand seems to be.

GotBored said,
But the PS3 was more expensive when it released and it still initially sold more that the 360 in the UK?

Blasphemy! makes your post a bit conflicted... Considering the PS3 sold more initially and was more expensive than the X360 and now the PS4 is selling more and its cheaper so price doesn't seem the correlating factor the brand seems to be.

The ps3 was the cheapest bluray player available for nearly a year, i'm sure a lot of people bought one for that reason.

torrentthief said,

The ps3 was the cheapest bluray player available for nearly a year, i'm sure a lot of people bought one for that reason.

Yep, I remember the old joke of a PS3 was a blue ray player that also plays games occasionally

GotBored said,
But the PS3 was more expensive when it released and it still initially sold more that the 360 in the UK?

Xbox and PS3 releases were years apart

ccoltmanm said,
So they win round one in a single country, measures in weeks. Let's see how they do over the course of a year.

Agreed. I expect the PS4 to pull further ahead.

I expect the PS4 to ultimate win the war, because Microsoft just isn't very good at this sort of thing. Not even with a one year lead for the Xbox 360 could Microsoft finish off PS3. With all things being even, I would say PS4 will be a juggernaut.

unfortunately people wants cheap products. 100$ cheaper price tag is what draws people. I guess the second draw back was the confusion Ms made over the mandatory internet check every 24 hours which they removed later on. anyway as for me I am happy with my XB1 because there are types of games PS4 is not capable of that is kinect type of games. zoo tycoon for instance is a lot of fun. kids and family love it.