PS5 to Outsell Xbox Series X, Predicts Analyst - SalesWilliam D'Angelo , posted on 02 September 2020 / 3,418 Views
Microsoft and Sony are set to launch their next generation consoles, the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, this holiday season. While we don't have release dates or a launch price for either console, Ampere Analysis' research director for games Piers Harding-Rolls has released a report on his predictions for the upcoming generation.
"While the market is still substantial and likely to be consistently large at least during the next console life cycle, what has been proven over the last decade is that even with significant resources ploughed into growing adoption on a global basis, including more serious entry into a series of additional territories, substantial hardware unit sales growth for Sony and Microsoft combined has not materialised," Harding-Rolls said.
Harding-Rolls expects sales for Sony and Microsoft's next generation consoles to decline slightly compared to the current generation. Through 2024 he predicts the two consoles will sell 103 million units combined, which is down from 109 million combined units of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One through the same amount of time.
He is predicting the install base of the PS4 to be 66 million by the end of 2024, compared to 37 million sold for the Xbox Series X.
For their respected launched, he expects the PS5 to sell 4.6 million units this holiday season and the Xbox Series X to sell 3.3 million units. By the end of 2021 he predicts the Sony to have sold 17 million PS5 consoles, compared to 12 million Xbox Series X consoles sold by Microsoft.
Harding-Rolls does say Microsoft is in a much better position at the start of this generation than they were when the Xbox One launched. The reason for this is due to expansion of first-party studios, more of a focus on the console gamer, and the system launching with Halo: Infinite.
He also expects both consoles to launch at the same price with a range of $450 to $500, which is different from the current generation when the Xbox One launched at $100 more than the PS4.
However, he does add Sony's current market lead over Microsoft will help them get a head start this generation and the allegiance to the PlayStation brand will "especially hard to dismantle."
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