Rise of the Tomb Raider on PC outsells the Xbox One version by three copies to one
Released nearly three months after the Xbox One version, Rise of the Tomb Raider made it to PCs at the end of January, and if you listen to those in the know - that is, the smattering of folk who compile game's sales data - Lara Croft's latest adventure is doing rather better now than it did when it was a much-vaunted Xbox One exclusive.
One collector of such figures, SuperData have recently suggested that the newly released PC version of the game has outsold the original Xbox One version - from November last year - three to one. The company appears to be attributing its success on the relatively quiet triple-A release schedule in this early portion of 2016, plus the fact that this one wasn't competing with one of last year's most well-loved titles.
"Initial sales numbers on digital console for Rise of the Tomb Raider were soft, due to sharing its release date with Fallout 4 and its exclusivity to Xbox One. The game sold almost three times as many units on PC than it did on console during its first month."
That's something of a revelation to me, but I suppose it makes sense. If I owned an Xbox One, I would have jumped on the opportunity to play a new Tomb Raider, particularly one that looked as good as this one did. But would I have bought it over Fallout 4? Probably not. Would I be so enamoured with my console's exclusive if I knew it would eventually end up on the PS4 too?
You saw the storm kicked up when it was announced that Quantum Break would be coming to PCs as well as the Xbox One a couple of weeks back? Is that just the Xbox crowd, or are PlayStation 4 owners just as defensive over their exclusives?
The sales of the Xbox One version could still pick up though. It'll be interesting to see the sales figures when that PS4 version turns up in the final quarter of this year. Did you skip Rise of the Tomb Raider in order to traipse the Commonwealth for endless hours? Did you buy into the PC version in January? Perhaps you're still hanging on for the PS4 version. It's a long wait if you are. Comments always welcome below. Give it a shot.
Eoin has been gaming for twenty-five years, worries he might be getting a little too old for it all, but hopes that he isn't. In the midst of an effort to find a future doing something he loves, he has taken to writing about his one enduring passion - video games.
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