Now that’s a surprise. I would have thought the PS5 was going to out sell the competition, but hey what I can say. It could be the lack of availability of the PS5 that allowed Xbox to take the crown.
As reported by GamesIndustry.Biz (based on GfK’s charts), Microsoft’s next-gen consoles outsold all competitors in January. The Nintendo Switch took second place despite sales being up by 21% and console sales, in general, being up by 148% compared to the previous year. Microsoft posted record profits in January, with its gaming hardware segment growing 86% due to the launch of the Series X and S. GI’s report notes that the PlayStation 5 took third place in GfK’s charts.
Given the Switch’s enormous success, particularly in the last year, and PlayStation’s recent dominance in the tug-of-war between Sony and Microsoft, this is a positive sign for Xbox. However, that is likely influenced as much by market shortages as sheer demand – IGN UK Deals‘ Robert Anderson indicated that Xbox Series consoles saw three or four UK stock drops in January, with PS5 only seeing one.