PlayStation 4 outsold Xbox One in the UK by 166k units

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Sony has managed to sell a whopping 530,000 units of PlayStation 4 in the UK as compared to just 364,000 units of Microsoft’s Xbox One since its launch, a report by Entertainment Retailers Association revealed.

The report is based on the data collected by Chart-Track over a five-week period after the launch of PlayStation 4 in the UK which saw Sony sell well over half a million units of its latest gaming console thereby generating £181.8 million, while on the other hand Microsoft managed to generate £144.5 million.

Xbox One and PlayStation 4 pack the same kind of hardware – an eight-core AMD accelerated processing units (APUs) with embedded graphics; 8GB RAM; and the same instruction set architecture as one would find in most of the desktop and laptop PCs today. Sony has an upper hand with its higher-performance GDDR5 as compared to Microsoft’s decision of going for a DDR3. Xbox One comes with extra chunk of embedded RAM in its processor.

ERA director Kim Bayley said,

“Games continues to deliver digital sales strongly, but it was disappointing that Xbox One and PS4 came so late in 2013 and then huge demand meant stock sold out quickly. Retailers will be working hard in 2014 to maintain the sales momentum of these two great new pieces of kit.”

Grand Theft Auto V topped the entertainment charts of 2013 with FIFA 14 ranked third, Call of Duty: Ghosts ranked fifth. Battlefield 4, despite its on-going troubles, managed to rank fifteenth while Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag finished off the top 20 charts.

“The biggest-selling console game of the year was Grand Theft Auto V which sold 3.67m units”, said ERA.