Microsoft is still behind in the console wars, but the Redmond, Washington-based company isn’t out of the race just yet. On Monday, it revealed it shipped 6.6 million Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles during its last quarter, which ended on Dec. 31, 2014.
Microsoft discussed the results for its fiscal second quarter of 2015 after the close of trading, though it didn’t reveal the exact sales or shipment figures for each device.
In January, Sony’s eighth-generation PlayStation 4 reached 18.5 million in unit sales, the Tokyo-based company announced in a Japanese press release translated by Reuters on Jan. 4. The gaming console reached the impressive figure just days after the holiday shopping rush came to a close. Sony also announced it had reached 10.9 million subscribers for PlayStation Plus, up about 3 million from the end of October, when subscribers were at 7.9 million. PlayStation Plus is a subscription-based service that grants users access to exclusive content. It costs $50 per year.
Despite being outsold by competitor Microsoft’s Xbox One console in November, Sony’s PlayStation 4 continues to hold a steadfast lead in the eighth-generation market. Its worldwide launch on Nov. 15, 2013, saw 1 million devices fly off shelves within 24 hours, and more than 2.1 million PS4 consoles were sold by December 2013 worldwide. Less than one month later, more than 4.2 million units were sold.
In November 2014, Microsoft pulled ahead in the console wars, mainly due to a price reduction of $50 and a number of enticing bundles, including an “Assassin’s Creed” bundle, which featured Ubisoft’s “Assassin’s Creed Unity” and “Assassin’s Creed Rogue.”
The Xbox One launched on Nov. 22, 2013, one week after Sony’s PlayStation 4 reached buyers for $399. The Xbox One was priced $100 higher at $500, but Microsoft reduced the price in June of 2014, allowing buyers to purchase the device, without the Kinect controller, for $400.