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 third article we will be comparing the aligned launches of the three 8th generation home consoles worldwide. The Wii U launched on November 18, 2012, the PlayStation 4 on November 15, 2013 and the Xbox One on November 22, 2013.
The Xbox One the biggest opening week with sales of 1,125,874. The PlayStation 4 launched with sales of 1,051,921 and the Wii U with sales of 472,099. However, the Xbox One launched in North America and Europe during the same week, while the PlayStation 4 just launched in North America on November 15. It would be released in Europe two weeks later on November 29.
The PlayStation 4 was behind in the first two weeks when you align the launches. However, once it launched in Europe it quickly took the lead. When you look at sales during the first seven weeks the PlayStation 4 has sold 4.12 million units, the Xbox One 3.10 million units, and the Wii U 2.37 million units.
Lifetime sales of the PlayStation 4 is 1.28 million units more than the Xbox One. The PlayStation 4 has sold 4.38 million units, while the Xbox One has sold 3.10 million units and the Wii U 5.34 million units. Despite being launched a year later the PlayStation 4 is on track to pass it in the first few months of 2014. The Xbox One is also on track to pass the Wii U in the first six months of 2014.
PS4 vs XOne vs Wii U - Global:
PS4 Launch Week Sales: 681,687
Xbox One Launch Week Sales: 336,030
Wii U Launch Week Sales: 183,952
PS4 Lifetime Sales: 1,641,827
Xbox One Lifetime Sales: 799,089
Wii U Lifetime Sales: 1,146,354
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