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EA Underestimates Number of Xbox One Consoles Sold

This week Electronic Arts had their annual investor meeting. From this meeting we got a couple of interesting revelations. One of them is the release date of co-op Sci-fi shooter Anthem, the other was EA’s estimates of the amount of consoles sold.

EA estimate that by the end of 2017 there were 103 million combined sales of the Xbox One and PS4. If we take away Sony’s announced PS4 sales numbers of 73.6 million consoles that leaves us with 29.4 million Xbox One consoles. This seemed low, so on behalf of I thought I should do some research.


EA estimated the Xbox One to be at 25.6 million at the end of 2016, this means only 3.8 million Xbox One consoles were sold in 2017.

However thanks to details from the NPD group we know that they sold more than that amount of consoles in the United States alone. The numbers clearly don’t add up and this points to a discrepancy in EA’s methodology.

There’s a chance they are only tracking the base Xbox One SKU and not included the more popular S and X models. They could be excluding a region. Industry analyst ZhugeX, or Daniel Ahmad has been running through the numbers and reports that by his estimates the Xbox One has more than 35 million units sold globally. EA could potentially only be tracking consoles that have connected to the internet, there is a clear issue with whatever method they are using to track numbers.

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