PlayStation Xbox Push Square

As the industry digests the latest deluge of earnings reports, attempting to parse the information and present a clearer picture, one piece of news is likely to fuel more than a few pointless arguments on social media: despite marginally missing its own revised target, Sony shipped 4.5 million PS5s last quarter, estimated to be almost five times as many as Microsoft managed with its Xbox Series X|S consoles combined.

Daniel Ahmad, ZhugeEX on Twitter and director of research and insights at Niko Partners revealed the news. An old hand at this game, Ahmad knew precisely what kind of hornet's nest he was kicking as he added: "This is a bonus one for the console warriors, and my rent is due."

We reported on Take-Two sales data in February, which suggested that Sony was outselling Microsoft in the console space at a rate of 2:1, so it's pretty surprising to see how far out in front PS5 has managed to get this generation. Considering that we're likely not even halfway through, with the rumoured PS5 Pro on the horizon, it remains to be seen what the final butcher's bill will be.

We knew Sony was gaining the lead, but did you expect such a sharp drop-off in console sales from Microsoft? Was this always the trajectory, or have Microsoft's missteps already taken a tangible toll? Let us know in the comments section below.