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'Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain' publisher compares PS4 and Xbox One sales

'Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain'
'Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain'
Photo courtesy of Konami Digital Entertainment, used with permission

Konami Digital Entertainment, the publisher of the upcoming "Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain," has compared the software sales of "Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes" on the PS4 and Xbox One. According to a report from Games Industry on Aug. 5, the company revealed that the PS4 version of the prologue managed to take up 12 percent of the total software sales during the last fiscal year. To compare, the Xbox One version of the same game only resulted in 4 percent of Konami Digital Entertainment's total software sales.

The number should not be surprising considering that "Metal Gear Solid" is always viewed as a Playstation franchise. The series can into prominence with the release of the first game on the first console from Sony Computer Entertainment. The subsequent mainline releases also sold very well on the PS2, PS3 and now the PS4 with "Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes."

The reported numbers also indicate the dominance the PS4 currently has over the Xbox One on the marketplace. Sony's new console has been outselling Microsoft's system by a wide margin since both systems launched late last year. Microsoft is trying to catch up by lowering the price of the Xbox One to the same level as the PS4 in addition to launching the system to other countries. Despite these moves, "Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain" will most likely end up selling more units on Sony's console.

Konami Digital Entertainment is still relatively quiet about the release date of the upcoming mainline release. Many fans expect the software product to come out sometime during the early months of 2015. At around the same time, the PS4 will also be getting "Bloodborne," "The Order 1886" and "The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt." So players should have plenty to look forward to early next year on Sony's new console. A screen taken from "Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain" is located near the top of this article (via the official Facebook page of Konami).