While the console war still rages on, Microsoft has acknowledged rival Sony and its PS5 as the market leaders.
This is a surprising statement! Facing the European Commission, Microsoft has acknowledged that its rival Sony and its PS5 are the market leaders. MCE TV tells you everything from A to Z!
The PS5 is a hit
Since its release in November 2020, Sony’s PS5 is selling very well. Indeed, the console has already passed in 2 years to more than 25 million copies in the world.
However, this symbolic course was far from certain for the home console. Indeed, the last born of the Playstations had to face shortages during the Covid 19 pandemic !
For almost 2 years, the PS5 has been very often out of stock. To the point of reselling at exorbitant prices on certain sites!
On top of that, Sony was also forced toincrease the price of his console because of inflation important. For example, in Europe, the version with a Blu-ray optical drive went from €499.99 to €549.99!
For its part, the digital version (Digital Edition) of the PS5 has gone from € 399.99 to € 449.99. A very sharp price increase so !
Despite these difficulties, the Sony console has seduced the players and found its cruising speed. The console is thus on track to be a hit as much as previous models of Playstation !
Above all, while the console war is still raging, the PS5 overtakes its direct competitor, Microsoft’s Xbox Series. So much so that the American giant recently recognized the superiority of its Japanese rival… MCE TV tells you more!
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Microsoft recognizes its defeat?
Faced with the very good sales of Sony’s PS5, Microsoft is well below. Indeed, the X and S models of its Xbox Series have sold for approximately 18 million copies.
This was already the case on previous generations of consolesfrom the PS2 facing the first Xbox to the PS4 and Xbox One.
Last August, Microsoft had thus recognized its defeat facing the manufacturer of the PS5: “Sony has overtaken Microsoft in terms of console sales and installed base. Indeed, Sony has sold more than twice as many PS4s (as Xbox One) over the last generation”.
While Microsoft announced a few months ago the acquisition of the Activision-Blizzard studio, the European Commission has opened an investigation. The institution fears that this upcoming takeover will harm competition in the video game market!
Facing the body, the American giant wanted to reassure everyone. And this, until declaring that the manufacturer of the PS5 was in front!
“Sony is the market leader”, recognized Microsoft. A surprising statement that is still to be put into perspective. Indeed, Microsoft has every interest in holding this kind of discourse with the European Commission. Eh yes !
In effect, the institution will have to make its decision concerning the takeover of Activision-Blizzard before March 23, 2023. It is therefore better for Microsoft to keep a low profile until then… To better defeat its rival in future years? The future will tell!