What the Hell Happened to Xbox This Generation?



We now sit in the midst of the eighth generation of video game consoles, and we find ourselves in a very different place than we were in the previous, seventh generation, at least in terms of which console is selling the most units. As of now, Sony’s Playstation 4 has sold over 70 million units and is on track to sell more units than any of the three major consoles of the previous generation did by the end of this year.

It may not catch up to the Playstation 2’s 155 million, but it will almost certainly do the next best thing and outsell the original Playstation’s 103 million by the end of this generation. Microsoft’s answer to the PS4, the Xbox One, sits somewhere around 30 million, which isn’t terrible in a vacuum, but when compared to Sony’s numbers it appears dismal.

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22 Replies to “What the Hell Happened to Xbox This Generation?”

  1. supbrotv

    Nobody talks about why the ps2 sold so well, it was pirated games, you could never sell $30-$60 games in 3rd world countries, so what people did was burn games to dvds and sell them for $2 each, that helped sony sell 155 million units around the world. Same thing helped the Xbox 360.

  2. Derrick Victor

    What happened with PS4? No Blu-ray player…? 🤦‍♂️ Forced rechargeable batteries… 🤦‍♂️ Not enough HDMI or USB ports… 🤦‍♂️ PS4 is only good BECAUSE of exclusives. If they had the same games, Xbox One (original), S, and X would all be away and above PS4. Xbox needs to line up some great exclusives.

  3. Christopher Nicholas Carter

    I've got to say that I very much disagree. I bought a PS4 at the start of the generation and after years of my friends trying to convince me I finally bought a Xbox One a couple years ago. Now I pretty much never touch the PS4. Xbox has far better online services. If you only have a PlayStation you really don't know what online gaming is. Not to mention features like backwards compatibility and 4k60 graphics on the Xbox One X honestly makes it a superior console in my opinion. Not to mention that a lot of the PS4 exclusives are kinda crap. Spider-man is great… but that's about it.

  4. genocide

    As an Xbox 1 x owner I'd like to say quality wise. It's better because it has HDMI 2.1 support with may not be useful now but that means it will support 8k when it comes out and it is 33% faster then ps4 pro but exclusive wise cough cough it failed hard very hard even Xbox owners agree

  5. AndrewLuis CrespoDeMoura

    Microsoft didn't get arrogant, they're just trying to get gaming away from consoles, which is why their marketing was all about how it's "more than a console". In reality, it's still a console and doesn't have the features to truly differentiate itself as anything but. I think they tried moving gaming away a few generations too early

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