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Hypothetically Speaking: What if the PS4 and Xbox One Fall Short?

Hypothetically Speaking: What if the PS4 and Xbox One Fall Short?

Oct 11, 2013

Hypothetically Speaking is a series of short, hypothetical scenarios looking into the Gaming Industries potential future and past, had it taken an alternative route along the way as a means to prompt discussion. Join in the chat @GamingIQ  and comment below


Hypothetically speaking, imagine if the Playstation 4 and Xbox One  sell less units than their predecessors during their respective launch periods over the holiday season. What would this mean to both Sony and Microsoft? Would it be considered a failure if during the holiday season, next gen consoles fail to get off the ground? Nintendo have had a pretty disappointing first year by not selling as many units as anticipated, so what if this extends to their Microsoft and Sony cousins?

Imagine, if come the new year, gamers are still seemingly tied to the previous generation’s consoles – how could Sony and Microsoft respond? New consoles are always a large money sink, but until the big franchises start to become exclusive to next gen consoles, gamers may intend to stay safe and play the new content on the older hardware.


Imagine what it could mean to the gaming industry if the PS4 and Xbox One underachieved in their first year.

What it could mean to the gaming industry and next gen hardware if the PS4 and Xbox One underachieved in their first year?

It’s hard to see the Playstation 4 and Xbox One underachieving like the Wii U, but what if it did?


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  • Nanofuture

    PS4 and XB1 will almost surely sell out this holiday season. Who knows what will happen after that.

    If sales start slowing down, about the only things they could do would be to try to put out more games exclusively on the next systems or lower prices somehow.

    • Adam Barsby

      Do you think Microsoft would consider releasing a version of the Xbox One without the Kinect to lower prices?

      • Nanofuture

        Only if PS4 sales were substantially higher than XB1 sales.

      • Majeed Belle

        I don’t think they will do this even though it is looking like the PS4 is the definative favorite right now. I think it would take a pretty sizable blowout this holiday season before Microsoft considers this.

        • http://gamingindustryiq.com/ Arran Oakes

          I’m concerned that with MS’s announcement that Kinect would no longer need to be plugged in for the console to work (something they announced at launch), they paved the way to a Kinect-less bundle at a lower price in the near future. I wouldn’t be all that surprised if they did that even as soon as the Xmas holidays, or January sales.

          • Majeed Belle

            I wouldn’t put it past Microsoft to do this and piss people off. Not that pissing people off will matter. Idiots will continue to get shit on and they’ll be right back to buy the product. Microsoft knows that they can do this and still sell.

          • Sam Barwick

            I’d quite to see a timeline of Xbox One pre-orders. I’m curious how (if it all) it changed after they backtracked on the announcements they made at their launch conference (no game trading, always online etc).