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PlayStation has 70% of the world market compared to Xbox's 30% according to Microsoft

In a press conference about the agreement with Activision Blizzard, Microsoft reveals market share data for both PlayStation and Xbox in different markets.

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In a press conference regarding the status of the Activision Blizzard deal, Microsoft's Brad Smith revealed some interesting data regarding PlayStation's market share versus Xbox in different regions of the world.

According to Microsoft, PlayStation is beating Xbox in all markets.

On Tuesday, February 21st, Brad Smith, President of Microsoft, called a press conference in Brussels to report on the future of the attempted acquisition of Activision Blizzard by the Redmond company. That same day, Microsoft found itself in court with the European Commission, a regulatory body that is blocking the acquisition for the time being because of its antitrust concerns. Representatives of other companies such as Sony were also present, although the meeting had a limited acces to the press.

Brad Smith, president of Microsoft, at the press conference.
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Brad Smith, president of Microsoft, at the press conference.Bloomberg / Getty

At Microsoft's own press conference, Brad Smith announced several market share figures for PlayStation and Sony worldwide for the year 2022. The percentages are as follows:

  • Europe: 80% Sony PlayStation and 20% Microsoft Xbox.
  • Japan: 96% Sony PlayStation and 4% Microsoft Xbox.
  • Worldwide: around 70% Sony PlayStation and around 30% Microsoft Xbox.

According to Smith, the figures globally have been more or less flat for two decades. He added that "even last year, when Sony suffered constraints in its supply chain and it saw its numbers dip, they came back strong."

Another announcement made during this press conference is an agreement between Xbox and Nvidia to publish their games on GeForce Now if the Activision Blizzard purchase is finalized.

Microsoft to bring Call of Duty to Nintendo consoles

On the same day, the agreement was announced that Microsoft will bring both games of the Call of Duty series to Nintendo consoles as additional content for the next ten years. This was announced by Brad Smith himself on his Twitter account.

"We’ve now signed a binding 10-year contract to bring Xbox games to Nintendo’s gamers. This is just part of our commitment to bring Xbox games and Activision titles like Call of Duty to more players on more platforms," reads the release text.

Sources | Eurogamer, The Verge