A little presentation by EA's chief financial officer appears to have accidentally revealed Xbox One's total sales so far -- a secret kept suspiciously close to its chest by Microsoft -- with PS4 perhaps getting toward double the installed user base of Microsoft's rival machine.
Gamers first have to do a bit of maths. EA's Blake Jorgensen said he estimates total lifetime sales of this generation of home hardware from MS and Sony to stand at around 55m. Sony's latest hardware figures update back in January stated that it had sold 35.9m PlayStation 4s to people, leaving Xbox One with the balance of 19.1m. That's quite a gulf between the two, and is no doubt why Microsoft no longer specifies sales numbers in its aren't-we-doing-well? announcements.
Here's what Jorgensen actually said, lest hardware fans attempt to have me killed for disrespecting the popularity their favourite platform: "The console purchases are up through the end of calendar year 2015. Our estimate is 55m units out there, which has exceeded virtually everyone’s forecast for the year and now almost 50% higher than previous console cycle so, all of that is very, very positive."
Jorgensen said that. Send him your crude drawings of Master Chief ripping his head off, not me. [Guardian]