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Michael Pachter: 3rd Party Game Sales on PS5 and Xbox Series X|S This Holiday Will Depend on Supply

Michael Pachter: 3rd Party Game Sales on PS5 and Xbox Series X|S This Holiday Will Depend on Supply - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 November 2020 / 1,335 Views

The Xbox Series X and S, and PlayStation 5 are a month away from release, and the launch lineup for both consoles include many high profile titles from third-party developers, such as Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Watch Dogs: Legion, and Yakuza: Like a Dragon. Other big third-party releases will launch later in November including Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Cyberpunk 2077.

Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter speaking in an interview with GamingBolt says that third-party games released on the next-generation consoles will sell well on them all, but it mainly depends on the stock of the consoles. 

If Sony is able to ship more consoles than Microsoft then he expects third-party games to sell better on the PlayStation 5. However, if Microsoft ships more then he expects the games to sell better on the Xbox Series X and S.

Michael Pachter: 3rd Party Game Sales on PS5 and Xbox Series X and S This Holiday Will Depend on Supply

"Well, it doesn’t really matter, they’re going to sell well on both consoles," Pachter said. "But this, again, comes down to supply from Sony and Microsoft.

"If you tell me Sony has made 8 million PS5s and Microsoft has made 5 million Xboxes, I will say the games will sell more on PS5. If you tell me Microsoft made 8 million and Sony made 5 million, I will say the games will sell more on Xbox Series X. It comes down to supply again."

The Xbox Series X and Series S will launch worldwide on November 10. The PlayStation 5 will launch on November 12 in North America, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand, and in Europe and the rest of the world on November 19. 


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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12 Comments

axumblade (on 14 October 2020)

I swear that Pachter sometimes just states the obvious to make it seem like he's better at his job....


LivingMetal (on 14 October 2020)

"If Sony is able to ship more consoles than Microsoft then he expects third-party games to sell better on the PlayStation 5. However, if Microsoft ships more then he expects the games to sell better on the Xbox Series X and S."

Why in the &#%@ is this news??????!!!


mutantsushi (on 15 October 2020)

Not having a good idea of each company's production and shipping is basically admitting to be failure at his claimed job.
That he even poses it as limited by stock should make sales easier to predict. Yet he can't. What is the point now?


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Tridrakious (on 14 October 2020)

"whichever of these dang systems sells better this holyday season will sell more third party games".

Well no shit...


shikamaru317 (on 14 October 2020)

I kind of doubt either will have 5m ready this Holiday, let alone 8m, lol. Sony and MS only managed to get 4.4m and 3.1m respectively ready Holiday 2013 worldwide. Maybe 5m will happen for both of them this time, I imagine MS will have more Xbox Series units ready this Holiday than they had Xbox One units back in 2013, thanks to the Holiday sales potential of the $300 Series S with parents and grandparents shopping for Christmas, but how much more is the question.


Sogreblute (on 14 October 2020)

You don't say?


AFattyGamer (on 14 October 2020)

I gotta admit Pachter is entertaining lol


SKMBlake (on 15 October 2020)

Next statement: "the amount of water you can drink from a glass depends on the size of the glass"


Verter (on 15 October 2020)

I think we've had enough Pachter for the entire generation already.


mutantsushi (on 15 October 2020)

Too late, he's already converted over to Pachter-As-A-Service for never ending supply of inanity...


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Verter (on 15 October 2020)

And like GAAS, he only gets better with time. Better in being Pachter, at least...


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Vendrom (on 15 October 2020)

Give this guy the medal of Captain Obvious