For the first time in 8 years, the PlayStation maker stood king of the mountain for consoles sales of the last fiscal year, which ended this past March. Sony, selling 18.7 million PlayStation 4 systems, eclipsed long time rival Nintendo, who sold 16.31 million Wii U systems in comparison. As well as Microsoft’s Xbox One bringing in 11.6 million.
The last time Sony’s topped its competitors was in 2006 with the early months of the PlayStation 3. Sony is likely celebrating considering the PS3’s early adoption numbers still left much to be desired, while Nintendo was making money left and right with the booming success of the original Wii. Though “winning” that particular fiscal year, the console still fell short of expected earnings.
Likewise, Sony’s newest victory comes with numbers (which also include Sony’s handheld Vita) still falling short. Around 20 percent short of their expected fiscal earnings as a matter of fact. Sony’s success can be attributed in no small part to the messy introduction of the Xbox One and using it to their advantage. In addition, the Wii U’s lackluster beginning certainly didn’t hurt Sony’s fiscal reports. E3 may be more important than ever for the big 3 in proving to consumers that their respective consoles are worth purchasing over their competitors.