PS4 to Outsell Xbox One at Release for the Holiday Season
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 10.06.2013
Mainly due to the price point...
According to data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) (via Gamespot.com), the PlayStation 4 will outsell the Xbox One at release for this holiday season due to a "variety of factors," but mostly due to the price point.
The PS4 will sell for $400 and the Xbox One will be $500 at launch. The IDC report concludes that the number of game consoles shipped worldwide in 2013 will be "marginally higher" than the 33 million in 2012. This brings a halt to a four-year slide that began in 2009.
The research group is also predicting that revenue from prepaid full-games, micro-games, and add-ons for the Xbox Live, PSN, and eShop will exceed that of worldwide PC-based digital sales of the same nature for the first time ever this year. The IDC also says that while subscription-based PC game revenue is currently in decline, connected console subscription revenue for Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus is up so far in 2013.
The IDC gaming research manager, Lewis Said, states that the online console game market likely to exceed 165 million people worldwide by 2017. Details on people playing offline were not provided. Ward said, "As a result, the opportunity to sell these gamers digital assets through Wii U, Xbox One, and PS4 online storefronts will grow substantially in the next several years."
Millions of additional hardware sales for Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony are also expected because of the decision by the Chinese government to lift their 13-year console ban.
Ward also said that platforms such as Ouya, Valve's new Steam Machines, smart TV's, and other rmicroconsoles are "unlikely" to have a big impact on the traditional console business, at least for a few more years. Ward stated, "It appears unlikely that Nintendo, Microsoft, or Sony will be driven out of the living room from a gaming perspective by 2017 as result of non-console competition from the likes of Valve/Steam, Ouya, cable/telecom companies, or related hardware and Web service providers."