Out of the three major console manufacturers, Sony has been the most vocal when it comes to their sales figures. And you would be too if you were beating your main rival to the tune of tens of millions of consoles.
So it's understandable that Microsoft haven't been overly loose lipped when it comes to the size of their install base. But that's OK, because EA is.
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In a earnings call with investors, the chief financial officer of Electronic Arts revealed that the combined lifetime sales of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 totalled approximately 55 million units. He didn't provide any specifics as to how many consoles each sold, but that's OK — because as The Guardian points out, Sony has.
As of November 22 last year, the PS4 had sold more than 30.2 million units worldwide. That figure rose to 35.9 million by the end of December, according to Sony's most recent press release, and the company hasn't announced a new total since then.
Joining the dots tells us that the Xbox One has sold around 19.1 million units, almost half the footprint of Sony's console. Microsoft does have the benefit of being able to market to gamers on Windows 10, however, although recent efforts haven't gone down too well.