In the last 22 years, Playstation and Xbox
have sold a combined 510 million units.
Each brand has had its ups and downs, but
we thought it would be fun to see how the
two compared over the years.
Join us as we try to determine which console
is best, in this episode of The Infographics
Show: Playstation vs Xbox.
Sony came to the video game console market
with Playstation in December 1994.
It was a very successful console which managed
to sell 102 million units by the time it was
discontinued in March 2005.
The console featured a 33 MHz CPU and a 33
The most popular game on the console was Gran
Turismo, which sold 10.8 million copies.
Sony waited 6 years before releasing a successor
to the original Playstation.
Playstation 2 debuted with a price tag of
Microsoft became interested in the video game
market and in November 2001 debuted their
console titled Xbox, also for $299.
Microsoft derived its name from DirectX Box
which was a reference to Microsoft’s graphics
Xbox had a significant technological advantage
over Playstation 2; its Central Processing
Unit or CPU clocked at 733 MHz compared to
PlayStation’s 295 MHz.
Its Graphics processing unit or GPU also overpowered
that of Playstation with 233 MHz compared
to 147 Mhz.
Due to Xbox’s technical superiority, Sony
lowered the price of Playstation 2 to $199.
Playstation also secured exclusivity rights
to Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, which sold
17.3 million copies.
Sony ultimately sold 155 million units of
Playstation 2, making it the best selling
console of all time compared to Microsoft’s
24 million units of Xbox.
Microsoft’s most popular game of the generation
was Halo, which sold 8.4 million units.
Playstation 2 boasted a catalog of 2,500 games
compared to Microsoft’s 1,000.
In December 2003, Sony tried to bundle Playstation
It combined a DVR, a DVD Burner, and the video
The device was called PSX.
PSX was deemed a failure and it was never
released outside Japan.
While Sony was enjoying the massive sales
of Playstation 2, Microsoft was already working
on the next iteration of Xbox.
They called it Xbox 360.
It was released in November 2005 priced at
$299, a whole year before Sony released their
Playstation 3, which was priced at $499.
But Xbox was definitely not without its flaws.
Xbox 360 suffered from a critical hardware
failure which gamers to call the “Red Ring
One source reported that as much as 68% of
test units were found to be defective.
This defect cost Microsoft over $1 billion.
Playstation 3 featured an 8 core Cell processor
compared to Xbox 360’s 3 core 3.2 Ghz Xenon
Two two processors had very unique architectures,
making them hard to compare.
PS3 3 featured 256 XDR RAM compared to Xbox
360’s 512 GDDR RAM.
This number made PS3 seem weaker, however
it functioned more efficiently.
In 2007, PS3 sold 6.5 million units, while
Xbox 360 sold 7.3 million.
PS3 in the same year sold 40 worse than its
previous, far less powerful version, which
sold 12 million units.
But even though PS3 had a slow start, it managed
to catch up with Xbox 360.
By June 2016, PS3 sold 86.5 million units
while Xbox 360 sold 85.5 million.
The Xbox 360 game catalog contained 1,200
titles while the PS3 game catalog contained
If we don’t count Kinect Adventures which
came bundled with Kinect, Grand Theft Auto
V was the most successful video game title
on both consoles selling 21.3 million copies
on PS3 and 17.8 million on Xbox 360.
The 8th generation of consoles came out in
November 2013, with Microsoft releasing Xbox
One and Sony releasing Playstation 4.
Microsoft suffered a huge marketing blow,
even before release, when they announced that
Xbox One will require Always Online mode,
which would make the console unusable if it
was unable to connect to the internet at least
every 24 hours.
Playstation 4 arrived in stores at a price
tag of $399, while Xbox One launched at $499
and included Kinect.
At launch, both consoles were similarly matched
as far as processors were concerned.
PS4 featured an 8-Core AMD processor which
clocked at 1.6 GHz, and Xbox One at 1.75 GHZ.
But as far as graphics were concerned, PS4
had a 30% advantage with 1.84 TeraFLOPs over
Xbox One’s 1.31 TeraFlops.
In August 2016, Microsoft released Xbox One
S, a physically smaller design of Xbox One,
which includes Ultra HD Blu-ray support and
can output and stream videos at 4K resolution.
Sony released Playstation 4 Pro in September
The Pro version received a massive power boost
by upping its graphic performance to 4.2 TFLOPS,
but features no Ultra HD blu-ray support.
To date, PS4 has sold over 40 million units
while Xbox One has sold 18 million.
Microsoft is expected to release Xbox Scorpio
in late 2017, which is going to have a graphical
performance of 6 TFLOPS.
We addressed a of technical specifications
in this episode, but let’s not forget that
software plays a big part in all this and
deserves a video of its own.
So, do you think there is any chance Xbox
can once again take the lead?
Which console do you prefer and why?
Let us know in the comments.
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