Phil Harrison: Console Race A “Marathon, Not A Sprint”

Microsoft has fallen on some bad luck recently.  Despite having a strong start back in November, Xbox One sales have started drying up.  Sony’s PS4 has been consistently outselling the Xbox worldwide, by wide margins in some countries.  So what do Microsoft Executives think about this?  Not much at the moment.

GamesBeat got to sit down and have a chat with Microsoft’s Phil Harrison about the Xbox One and Microsoft as a whole.  As you can imagine, the PS4’s 2 million+ sales lead was brought up.  Replying, Harrison stated that the console race is a, “marathon, not a sprint.”

“We’re happy with our plan,” replied Harrison. “We’re happy with the performances of our key franchises and key partnerships, most notably Titanfall in the last couple of weeks. You can see independent surveys and studies showing our sell-through doubling in the U.K. as far as hardware. We have a fantastic lineup we’ll reveal more of at E3 and beyond. We have a lot of great surprises to come.”

The PS4 is currently sitting at 6 million units sold worldwide.  The last time we heard from Microsoft about Xbox One sales was the beginning of January where only 3 million units had been sold.  Analysts project that the Xbox One has sold somewhere between 3.5 million-4 million units so far.  This would put the console in third place for this-generation of consoles.  While the Xbox One has seen an uptick in sales thanks to Titanfall, reports have indicated that it hasn’t been enough to outsell the PS4.