No, it’s not deja vu and we didn’t copy and paste an earlier article by mistake. As Microsoft has recently announced its sales figures and laid claim to the Xbox One being the fastest selling console, Sony responded by stating that the PlayStation 4 was the top-selling!
In what has now amounted to a he-said/she-said style back and forth, both companies are holding up figures based on market data from the same company (the NPD Group). Guy Longworth (Senior Vice President of PlayStation Brand Marketing) took to the PlayStation.Blog to firmly assert the next-gen dominance of their latest console. “It’s now clear that the launch of PS4 is one for the record books. This afternoon we learned from market research firm NPD Group that PS4 was the top-selling console for November and PlayStation was #1 in sales overall for home consoles. This news comes on the heels of yesterday’s confirmation that the PS4 launch is the biggest ever in the history of game consoles. Ever! And it’s all thanks to you.” Said Longworth.
While both companies scramble to the top of the next-gen mountain ( hoping to stand atop alone), it would appear in the early goings they have both decided to scale different peeks and lay claim to their own individual accomplishments as a start. Although it’s important to note that much of this data breaks down by country of origin, which is a variable that should be factored in to both companies claims.
Longworth goes on to tout the PlayStation’s huge social influence, which has played such a part of this year’s launch. He brags “We’re also seeing gamers embrace the social capabilities of PS4 at a record pace. Earlier this week, we announced that hundreds of thousands of gamers are using the PS4’s integrated streaming capabilities. Nearly 800,000 gameplay broadcasts and more than 7.1 million spectate sessions have streamed through Twitch and Ustream, totaling more than 20 million minutes of live gameplay.”