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PS4 and Xbox trade blows on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, PlayStation comes out on top

by Eric Frederiksen | November 30, 2016November 30, 2016 1:00 pm PDT

After months of losing out to Microsoft, it looks like console sales are starting to shift to Sony’s favor again. The end-of-month sales data isn’t available quite yet, but data-tracking firm Adobe Digital Insights has Sony pegged as the winner according to GamesBeat.

Microsoft came out on top on Black Friday, beating out Sony’s PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro, but Cyber Monday’s sales went to PlayStation 4, though only by a small margin. Adobe says Sony’s console is leading for the month overall, a change from the last four months in which Microsoft dominated the top of the charts. We and others speculated that Sony’s sales were down because of the impending release of the PlayStation 4 Pro, and the shift back seems to confirm that.

Sony’s momentum is irreversible at this point

It seemed for a moment like Microsoft was shifting things back into its favor thanks to an excellent launch with the Xbox One S and improved perception thanks to the Xbox Play Anywhere cross-buy program and the Xbox One backwards compatibility initiative, but Sony’s PS4 Pro is a much bigger step up than the Xbox One S, and it seems like gamers are jumping on board.

The Xbox update code-named Scorpio could end up slowing things down if Microsoft really goes for it with a low price and high performance, but right now gamers are picking Sony’s system as much for its perceived popularity as for any advantages it might have. The Scorpio system is set to release next fall, though, giving Sony even more time to widen the lead they already have.


Eric Frederiksen

Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...