2. Territory release Sony’s PS4 has been released in far more territories to date. The PS4 is being sold in 48 territories around the world while the Xbox One is only out in 13. This alone might account for a huge portion of the difference, though it should be said neither the One or PS4 are out in the all-important market of Japan yet, and that release will obviously pad Sony’s lead further.
3. Time of release Technically, the PS4 has been out a week longer than the Xbox One as there was a difference between its North American release and its premiere two weeks later in other parts of the world. This could be some small factor, but not enough to explain much of the disparity.
4. Price Lest we forget, the PS4 is $400 USD while the Xbox One is $500. Obviously that’s going to make it easier for Sony to move more units across the world at a lower price. The problem is that just because the One costs more, it’s not that Microsoft is making huge profits on it. It’s priced that way because of the added cost of the Kinect, so the margins of the two consoles are likely pretty similar.
5. Kinect I’m willing to make this a factor all by itself. In my estimation, the Kinect still hasn’t proved its worth for Microsoft, and shown that it was worth increasing the price of the entire system. In addition to the $100 extra cost which most may not think worthwhile, there are still fears, however tinfoil hat-ish, about a US-made machine with a video and audio recorder permanently pointed at your living room. I think the Kinect prevents more sales than it brings in at this point, as its functionality is overshadowed by fear and sticker shock.
6. Lingering doubts After the Xbox One launch fiasco where Microsoft was forced to change policy after policy regarding the system, there were bound to be some hard feelings with consumers who viewed the One as damaged in their eyes. This was bound to translate into a few lost sales during the initial launch window, but as things were relatively close until this point, it didn’t seem like much of a factor. But now with the holiday over, it seems when people were given the choice between the PS4 and One, they ended up choosing the PS4 more often, so perhaps hurt feelings and distrust still lingers
So is the Xbox one in trouble? Not really, the Xbox one was six weeks earlier than the Ps4 so it will be fine.