Speaking with investors, EA CEO Andrew Wilson said if the company “squints,” they could see the Xbox One and PS4 pushing 10 million units, especially with Sony’s machine going for a much lower price than the PS3.
“The latest indicators from Microsoft And Sony, as well as pre-order data, indicate strong demand for the new consoles,” Wilson said, adding that each company would also invest in the support of the PS3 and Xbox 360 as well.
Wilson said EA would be ready for the transition between the current-gen and next-gen consoles, saying the company is “well ahead” and “going to nail it.”
Ironically, the transition to the Xbox One and PS4 could have EA’s revenues down year-on-year from $711 million in Q2 2012 to $695 million.
Because of the console transition, sales of cross-gen games like Madden 25 have been slower, with traditional revenue was down for the quarter year-on-year from $365 million in 2012 to $223 million.
A bright spot, however, digital sales increased year-on-year from $324 million in 2012 to $450 million.