The next-generation war is about to begin and it looks to be a close one. With the PS4 and Xbox One set for launch this Nov. in North America and other select regions, the battleground has been set and analyst are beginning to offer their predictions on the early years of the next-generation home console war. On Sept. 13, analysts at Futuresource Consulting released their thoughts on sales for the PS4 and Xbox One and it favors Sony, according to a report by MCVUK.com.
The firm reports that it sees PS4 and Xbox One selling significantly less than that of the PS3 and Xbox 360. They continue to note that they forecast the PS4 will sell 36 million consoles worldwide by 2018. Meanwhile, Microsoft’s Xbox One will sell approximately 30 million consoles in the same time period.
For reference, the PS3 has sold in the area of 79 million units worldwide. In the meantime, the Xbox 360 is between 78-79 million units worldwide.
The company further explains their projections and notes that, “We expect the Xbox One to sell well in the USA due to existing customer loyalty, repositioning as an integrated multimedia home hub will open up further market opportunities, though it is launching into a crowded marketplace, so gaining a strong foothold in this category will be challenging.
“The PS4 is likely to maintain its strong lead in its core territories of Japan and continental Europe. Due to its lower price point and positive PR within the gaming community, the PS4 will also reduce Xbox’s lead in the key Microsoft territories of the USA and UK when compared with previous generations.
“Due to the increased availability of high-quality alternative gaming platforms such as mobile devices, as well as expected propositions from tech powerhouses Apple and Google, we expect the installed bases of the Xbox One and PS4 to be 20 per cent lower than those of the previous generation after five years on the market.
“With increased market convergence and non-traditional competition, we could be looking at the last generation of gaming consoles as we know it.”
Microsoft’s Xbox One will be released in North America on Nov. 22. Sony’s PS4 will launch one week earlier in North America with a release set on Nov. 15.