Pierce Harding-Rolls of Ampere Analysis claims that by the end of the year, the PS5 will have sales of 5 million units, while the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S will have sold only 3.9 million.
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This trend continues into the future, with Xbox sales remaining fairly stable, but PS5 sales a bit faster. By 2024, the latest point on the graph, the analyst predicts that 67.3 million PS5s will be sold, compared to 44.3 million next-gen Xbox consoles.
New analysis on Microsoft’s console positioning and #XboxSeriesS news here. Https://t.co/8pr2wahhP9 pic.twitter.com/pyxCWQQzF1 with updated next-gen forecastsSeptember 8, 2020
But why would this be the case? Finally, we learned earlier this week that the Xbox Series X would cost $ 499 / £ 449, while the Xbox Series S would cost only $ 299 / £ 249. The PS5, on the other hand, is expected to cost somewhere between $ 500 and $ 600, although the download-only PS5 digital version will likely be slightly less.
This analysis praises Xbox’s new multi-tiered strategy, selling two console options instead of just one. Harding-Rolls also states that Xbox Game Pass and Xbox All Access subscription services will be important, allowing players to gain access to large amounts of games, or even console themselves. While PlayStation now offers PlayStation as a Game Pass rival, and it has been reported that retailers are considering a similar offer for All Access for the PS5, Xbox services are better placed.
The report states that there are too many different parts for the Xbox to offer, so it may be more difficult to console gamers. But Harding-Rolls still believes Xbox will benefit from this approach, encouraging gamers who wouldn’t normally upgrade their consoles to launch in the Xbox family for a few more years.
And this is where the problem lies. The Harding-Rolls report believes that this new Serie S strategy from Microsoft will not transfer PlayStation users to the Xbox, but simply encourages its existing userbase to get into next-gen action faster.
However, this battle of new consoles has more consideration than just pricing. Just as important is whether the game will be available to play. While Microsoft has some fascinating findings including the title Halo: Infinity, a new phablet game, Hellblade 2, and a new Forza, Sony is offering new games in some of its most popular series such as Ratchat and Clank, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Spider Man: Miles Morales and Gran Turismo 7. And those lineups could very well decide which console comes out on top.