Contrary to what the countless “are consoles dying?” thinkpieces from just a few short years ago kept predicting, the current console generation has been one of the most successful ever, with lifetime sales that are well ahead of what they were by this point in the last console race. Recent reports estimate lifetime sales for current gen consoles to be over 60 million, with Sony’s PlayStation 4 in particular enjoying a significant chunk of that number, having sold an estimated 40 million units worldwide since hitting the market in November 2013. That means that Sony’s closest rival, Microsoft’s Xbox One, has sold around 20 million units — a respectable figure, to be sure, but the numbers don’t lie. The PS4 is outselling the Xbox One at a rate of almost 2:1, begging the question: why is the PlayStation 4 dominating the current console war? I’m glad you asked! That answer is both multi-faceted and complex, but here are the most significant reasons for why the PS4 is still beating the Xbox One:
10. Better Design Aesthetics
A relatively minor contributor, to be sure, but it’s hard to deny that the PS4’s form factor has played a role in the console’s success. Admittedly, neither system is exactly swoon-worthy in terms of looks, but the PS4’s angular, compact design trounces the Xbox One’s boring, boxy exterior. Things will get interesting when Microsoft releases the slimmer Xbox One S model later this year but until then, a PS4 makes a much better visual statement in that entertainment unit. Plus, I don’t think any Xbox One design could ever best this beautiful thing.