PS4 vs Xbox One vs Wii U Global Lifetime Sales – January 2016 Update

PS4 vs Xbox One vs Wii U Global Lifetime Sales – January 2016 Update - Sales

by William D'Angelo, posted on 11 February 2016 / 36,680 Views

Welcome to the latest edition of the ‘PS4 vs Xbox One vs Wii U Worldwide’ article. This series compares the monthly and lifetime sales of the 8th generation of home consoles - the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Wii U.


Looking at the total sales of the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Wii U in January 2016 shows how the PlayStation 4 has continued to grow its lead over the Xbox One and Wii U, outselling both of them combined. The Xbox One in turn continues to increase its lead over the Wii U.

The PlayStation 4 passed the 36 million mark. The PS4 has sold 36.89 million units lifetime, the Xbox One 19.77 million units, and the Wii U 12.65 million units.

Taking a look at the marketshare, the PlayStation 4 tops the other two platforms combined. The PlayStation 4 has 53 percent market share, the Xbox One sits at 29 percent, and the Wii U 18 percent.

PlayStation 4 Total Sales: 36,885,091

Xbox One Total Sales: 19,769,314

Wii U Total Sales: 12,651,417


The PlayStation 4 has outsold both the Xbox One and Wii U every month since it launched in November 2013. The Xbox One outsold the Wii U in January for the 19th straight month. The PS4 outsold the Xbox One by 761,192 units for the month and the Wii U by 915,181 units. The Xbox One outsold the Wii U by 143,989 units.

When you compare monthly sales to a year ago the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Wii U are up. The PlayStation 4 is up 423,948 units, the Xbox One is up 31,744 units, and the Wii U is up 20,557 units.

Looking at market share for the month of November, the PlayStation 4 managed to achieve 68 percent. The Xbox One accounted for 21 percent of the consoles sold, and the Wii U 11 percent.

PlayStation 4 Monthly Sales: 1,099,634

Xbox One Monthly Sales: 338,442

Wii U Monthly Sales: 184,453

The Wii U beat the PS4 and Xbox One to the market by a year. The Wii U launched in November 2012, while the PS4 and Xbox One launched in November 2013.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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fabriciodel96 (on 11 February 2016)

i don't think the xbox one will ever win this generation anymore, there's such a huge amount of difference between their sales, i mean the ps3 didn't start with the right foot last gen but they were always 9-10 on sales and in the end the ps3 outsold the 360 by just 11-10 on sales, still not a huge difference but in this gen the ps4 is acting like the ps2 sales-wise, between the ps4 and the one the sales are like 5-10, so i don't really think it will surpass it anymore, and i think even microsoft acknowledge that in past news. it also doesn't help when there are many xone and pc games losing their exclusivities and coming to ps4 like layers of fears, amnesia, grow home, gone home, among the sleep, etc...

Chazore (on 11 February 2016)

Wait wut, "many PC games". PC has like a metric fuckton of games that are still exclusive. PS4 isn't taking every gamre from every platform known to man and outright winning against all.

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CartBlanche (on 11 February 2016)

So in terms of monthly world wide sales, PS4 is selling over 3x more than Xbox One now and continues to sell more than Xbox One and Wii combined. With Xbox One sales continuing to drop, what will Microsoft do to reverse this trend. Will encouraging people to switch to PC gaming, by bundling PC games with Xbox One, like they are doing with Quantum Break, help their consoles? I very much doubt it. Time will tell.

Skratchy (on 11 February 2016)

Yeah, I get that PC sales doesn't really hurt Microsoft, but it should hurt the Xbox division, you'd think? I can't really tell what their strategy is anymore.

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Tridrakious (on 12 February 2016)

Microsoft already threw everything they could at Sony last year with price drops, better marketing, Halo and Gears of War and still could not turn the tide.

All Sony really did was match the price and throw a few collections and bundles out there. The damage has been done.

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KazumaKiryu (on 12 February 2016)

Digimon Story, Naruto UNS4, Gravity Daze R. and Street Fighter 5 push the PS4 Hardware Sales Figures worldwide in february : )

Tridrakious (on 12 February 2016)

We will see. I think Naruto and Street Fighter will be the only ones that actually move the needle however.

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NSS7 (on 11 February 2016)

So far this year PS4 had almost 50% market share including portable.

leyendax69 (on 11 February 2016)

Assuming these numbers are correct, at this rate ps4 should double Xone total sales and get near to 60% marketshare. In 2014 I didnt think this was possible

ReimTime (on 11 February 2016)

"When you compare monthly sales to a year ago the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Wii U are up. The PlayStation 4 is up 423,948 units" - any one want to take a shot as to why this gap (Jan 2016 vs Jan 2015) is so big?

ReimTime (on 11 February 2016)

Paging Shadow1980

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CartBlanche (on 11 February 2016)

I think Microsoft over hyped the "Greatest line up in Xbox history" and under-delivered. Other than Halo having a great sales release, both software and hardware wise, so far all the other titles released last year could hardly be classified as "hits". Halo shifted units for a good month, then once the hard core gamers had bought it, the sales slumped.

Even the touted best driving game on consoles, Forza 6, failed to sell massively. In 5 months Forza 6 has sold 600 thousand units in its first 10 weeks. Compare that to DriveClub which had a disastrous start, which sold just over 1 million units in its first 10 weeks. So nearly double!!

Lastly Microsoft were hoping that Backwards Compatibly would help with sales, but as I mentioned 2 months ago when I first heard about, no one buys a new console to play last gen games. Sony learnt that with the PS3. Shipping the PS3 with Backwards Compatibility didn't shift units. It won't shift Xbox One units either.

What shifts units is listening to your gamer fanbase, having a wider selection of gaming genres for new owners to play and delivering on quality gaming experiences. Just look at Metacritic on how many Xbox One exclusives are in the top 10 rated games. Answer None. PS4 has 3-4 in the top rated games. The closest Xbox One gets is Top 15 with Forza. Everything in the top 10 are multi-plats. That is not a good sign, IMO.

Microsoft better do something soon about this year's trend.

Time will tell.

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Teeqoz (on 11 February 2016)

My best shot is the PS4 is overtracked :-D

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Skratchy (on 11 February 2016)

2016 is a huge year for Sony is all. Tons of exclusives and VR. I think people are just legitimately excited.

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ReimTime (on 11 February 2016)

Cart, I meant why is the ps4 doing so much better than it was last year. Nothing to do with MS lol but thanks.
Skratchy and teeq those are legitimate theories :D

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CartBlanche (on 12 February 2016)

@ReimTime First 2 years of any console are usually where the early adopters pay a premium price to have those consoles first. Traditionally, if you look at PlayStation sales history, the first 2 years are good, but again early adopter territory. It is from the 3rd-4th year that PlayStation sales really start taking off. That is when the true exclusives of the consoles are usually ready and mind share moves from early adopters to mass market. First party devs need a few years to really get to grips with new consoles. 3-4 years into a generation is also when Sony announce the first price drops, which causes more new gamers to jump onto the the bandwagon.

After some impressive Christmas sales in 2015, Sony seem to be able to continue the momentum, whereby Microsoft have lost any momentum they started to have when Halo turned up in November and they failed to continue that into December and Christmas.

This generation seems to follow the Sony formula. Year 3 has some of Sony's anticipated exclusives, mind share is shifting from early adopters to mass market, hence the increase in sales over last year.
Feb will be a quiet month, in comparison to Jan, I think, but from March/April onwards I think the gap to Xbox One will keep increasing.

Quantum Break, which is a totally new IP, would have to get 9 and 10s in reviews across all reviewers, for it to have any real impact on console sales. Even then for it to be significant it would need to sell 1.5-2milllion consoles when it launches for other gamers to then think the game is really really worth having.
Rarely do new IPs take the world by storm, because nobody knows what it will really be like. QB may be the exception. But now that QB is also on PC, I think Microsoft shot themselves in the foot again and QB Xbox One sales will be lower as a result.

Time will tell :).

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CartBlanche (on 12 February 2016)

@Teeqoz It is certainly possible it is being over tracked, but Sony will announced official numbers soon, so VG will correct any tracking irregularities. Due to Microsoft's secrecy behind actual Xbox One sales, that could be over tracked too, or the other way around. At least with Sony we'll get a number to fix any misconceptions, good or bad.

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ReimTime (on 12 February 2016)

Aw man Teeq was joking haha you guys are too rough on us.
Thanks for replies all

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ps_wiro (on 13 February 2016)

PS4 Monster!!! I think, the more you sell, the more you are going to sell... To put it in terms, if you have a friend or two playing on PS4 and you want to buy a console changes are you are most likely going to buy the same one as well.