Sony looks like it’s already won the console war, at least in Germany.
Sales figures revealed by German trading group Börse show that the PlayStation 4 outsold its main home console rival, the Xbox One, by a ratio of more than 4-to-1 during its first year. While Microsoft’s Xbox brand is generally stronger in the U.S. than Europe, Germany — with the world’s fourth largest economy and a population of 82 million — is a key European market.
The figures show that the Xbox One still has a ways to go if it’s going to compete with the PS4 internationally despite recent progress on U.S. soil, such as its strong Black Friday performance.
The Xbox One sold 270,000 units in Germany up to November 2014, according to Börse, while the PlayStation 4 sold 1.2 million during the same period. Börse puts total worldwide sales of the PS4 at 16.1 million units, compared to Xbox One sales of 9.1 million.
It’s a significant gap, and one that seems to be growing, at least in Germany. Back in June, the PlayStation 4 was only outselling the Xbox One by a ratio of 3-to-1. It’s certainly a worrying trend for Microsoft.