Welcome to a short series of sales articles that will be comparing the launch sales of the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Wii U. The launch sales are aligned and each article will focus on a different region: the USA, Europe and Global. Once the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One launch in Japan a comparison will be done.
In this first article we will be comparing the aligned launches of the three 8th generation home consoles in the USA. The Wii U launched on November 18, 2012, the PlayStation 4 on November 15, 2013, and the Xbox One on November 22, 2013.
The PlayStation 4 had the biggest opening week in the US with sales of 963,127. The Xbox One launched with sales of 652,045 and the Wii U with sales of 421,840.
While the PlayStation 4 launched with more than 300,000 in sales in the first week by week fourth week on sale the Xbox One took the lead. However, in the sixth week the PlayStation 4 retook a slight lead. In the seventh week on sale the PlayStation 4 leads by 75,609.
The Wii U quickly fell off the pace of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The Wii U sold less than half of what the PlayStation 4 did opening week and more than 200,000 units less than the Xbox One. By the seventh week the Wii U has sold less than half of what the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One has sold.
PS4 vs XOne vs Wii U - USA:
PS4 Launch Week Sales: 963,127
Xbox One Launch Week Sales: 652,045
Wii U Launch Week Sales:
PS4 Lifetime Sales: 2,110,633
Xbox One Lifetime Sales: 1,944,688
Wii U Lifetime Sales: 2,086,724
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