Pachter: PS4 will win, Xbox One second, Wii U “is toast”

November 13, 2013 by Staff - Leave a comment


Speaking at the London Games Conference, well-known video games weatherman analyst Michael Pachter has said he expects the Playstation 4 to win this generation’s console war and that the Wii U “is toast”.

Pachter thinks Sony will sell between 100 and 120 million PS4 units during its lifecycle and that Microsoft will sell between 90 and 110 million Xbox One units – numbers that are still very close to each other. Meanwhile Pachter believes the Wii U will turnover just 30 million units.

Key wins for the PS4 appear to be its price point ($100 cheaper than Xbox One) and that Sony is not forcing you to purchase the PS Eye camera (Pachter said that “gamers do not want Kinect”). That said, he thinks that the Xbox One’s TV features could prove popular provided there is sufficient adoption by/integration with third party TV services.

It’s not all bad news for Xbox One fans either, Pachter said that if Microsoft changed its pricing policy and made the Xbox One more affordable, then it and the PS4 could be “neck and neck”. Considering how far Microsoft has come since it first revealed the Xbox One, we tend to agree.


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Baird analyst: Xbox One could out-sell PS4

October 27, 2013 by Staff - Leave a comment


Most financial analysts (and indeed many gamers) are betting that the Playstation 4 will outsell the Xbox One at launch. However Baird Research analyst Colin Sebastian has bucked the trend and instead suggested that the Xbox One could instead outsell the PS4 during the launch window.

While many forecasts still give an edge to Sony/PS4 in North America sales, we continue to expect similar or even slightly higher sales of Xbox One by the end of the launch window.

Sebastian’s reasons for backing the Xbox One at launch are not immediately clear, although appear to be at least in-part related to eBay listings. Sebastian says that while both next-generation consoles are available on eBay with mark-ups well in excess of their respective RRPs, the Xbox One averages a 60% premium over its $500 RRP while the Playstation 4 only manages a 50% premium.

Given that manufacturing supplies of the Xbox One are forecast to be tighter at launch than the Playstation 4, we think you could put the mark-up difference down to that – Xbox One gamers are simply willing to pay more for a system they have lesser chance of getting on launch (as opposed to PS4 gamers who should have a better chance of scoring a PS4).

Either way it’s refreshing to see an analyst giving the Xbox One the advantage.

Via GamesIndustry.

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