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