EA Executive Inadvertently Reveals Xbox One Sales Numbers

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Al Powers/Invision/AP

During a third quarter earnings report call, Electronic Arts CFO Blake Jorgensen may have revealed sales numbers that Microsoft has being doing its best to hide.

2015 was a solid year for Sony, with the PlayStation 4 now in nearly 36 million households the world over. They had a pretty amazing Christmas, and their pace shows no signs of slwoing. Microsoft, on the other hand, has been very reticent disclosing regarding their own performance, despite assertions that they’re doing better than the previous generation at the same point in the console’s lifespan.

But the chief financial officer at Electronic Arts may have spilled the beans. Claiming approximately 55 million consoles have been sold between the Xbox One and Playstation 4, that leaves only 19 million Xbox Ones after counting the 36 million Playstation 4s.

It’s not hard to see why Microsoft’s Xbox division would want to keep quiet about sales numbers that put Sony’s console ahead of theirs, by nearly two times the sales. Still, Xbox Live has managed to amass a healthy 48 million regular users across current and past generations of Xbox. Microsoft also boasted that Christmas 2015 was a “record holiday” fueled by the “greatest games line-up in Xbox history.”

Both consoles have very healthy numbers right now, but there is little question about who is winning this generation’s console war. The most exciting days are still to come, however. Nintendo’s NX project is expected to debut at this year’s E3.

This could be one of the most interesting and competitive console wars since the days of Sega’s “blast processing,” or Crash Bandicoot’s glory days trolling the world at large. This is the largest entertainment industry on Earth, and it’s only getting bigger.

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