Nov 13, 2013
EA COO Peter Moore has made a statement predicted that combined PS4 and Xbox One sales could totaly 10 million by March 2014, which shows EA have high hopes for the next-gen consoles.
This apparently comes from indications from Sony and Microsoft, due to the globalised launch of the two consoles, alongside high production.
“When I talked to our friends at both Sony and Microsoft, and I’m trying to get some indications in the numbers that are going to be available for sale by the end of our fiscal year on March 31st and I aggregate them, I think I can squint and see ten million units combined, very easily,”
With both launches set for the coming month, the two companies are gearing up for one of their biggest and most anticipated launches of all time (and hoping to be most profitable). Seeing as the PS3 and Xbox 360 launched at different times, and PS3 hardware generated a loss, this console war is set to be one of the most equal and fierce in recent times, due to similar architecture and software.
However, news that Strategy Analystics have predicted next-gen sales will not match our current generation. The peak is predicted for 2016, yet the firm announced they reckon it will be 33% lower than our current 2008 record year. David Watkins, the director of home connected devices stated the following:
“Casual gamers are sufficiently happy with cheaper gaming options on more ubiquitous devices like smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, and Digital Media Adapters, which will naturally depress the highs the industry achieved with the Nintendo Wii.”
They also predict Xbox One to win in America, with PS4 dominance in Japan and Europe, although this should be interesting due to the 360’s popularity within the UK.
Despite early PR errors, the Xbox One seems to have overcome them. Popularity for both consoles is high, and whether casual gaming impacts either console significantly is yet to be seen.
Technology has moved on dramatically during the current generation, so it will be interesting to see where the next one takes us. And I cannot wait.