Amazon UK Discusses Huge Gap Between Xbox One and PS4

February 5, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


The PS4 has been doing much better than its competitor in the United Kingdom, to the point where Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition sold over twice as many PS4 copies as Xbox One copies in the UK.

Ketu Patel, who is the category leader for video games and software at Amazon UK, has said the gap between the two consoles is pretty big. When it comes to the consoles themselves, he added that the PS4 is the number one bestseller, and the Xbox One is in the top five.

He feels Titanfall’s exclusivity will boost the Xbox One’s sales and narrow the gap, but he didn’t sound convinced that it would close the gap entirely.

We can’t be sure why the PS4 is so much more popular than the Xbox One in the UK—is it the game selection? the technical specs?—but it’s definitely a noteworthy trend.

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Kojima and Game Informer Agree Ground Zeroes Looks Better on PS4

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Game Informer previewed the upcoming Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes for the March issue of their magazine, and they delivered a lot of praise to its graphics. The lighting effects were only one of the visual elements they considered to be impressive.

They also said it “looks slightly better on the PS4 compared to the Xbox One,” and according to them, Hideo Kojima himself said the same thing. They didn’t give any specifics on why the one looks better than the other, and since Konami has not given out any resolution or frame rate data, we don’t have any specific facts on the matter.

Still, this is starting to sound like a trend. We’ve already covered several stories about games performing and looking better on the PS4. So far, the differences have been minimal, but all the same, it looks like Microsoft is coming in second on multiplatform games.

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Xbox One Will Remain Behind PS4?

January 27, 2014 by Staff - 1 Comment


There has already been a lot of controversy about the Xbox One, with the latest source being the lower framerate for Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition. Today those controversy levels are set to get higher with well-known industry insider Ashan Rasheed of NeoGAF/Twitter fame claiming that the gap between the PS4 and the Xbox One will exist for the entirety of the generation. This gap won’t be a “small trivial margin” he said, but will “show up distinctly in exclusives.”

He believes that while the Xbox One’s weaker hardware will be improved, so will the PS4’s. In fact, he claims that although the Xbox One still has a great deal of potential graphical power that developers have been denied access to, it won’t be enough for the console to catch up.

Although Rasheed is not an authority, many of his past predictions have come true. If he is right this time, the Xbox One could be in trouble.

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Tomb Raider Framerates – PS4 60fps, Xbox One 30fps

January 23, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


In 2013, a new Tomb Raider title was released for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360. The “Definitive Edition” will be released this year for the PS4 and Xbox One and will contain all of the DLC of the “old-gen release” while also improving the graphics for the new consoles. As its release day approaches, new details are coming to light.

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition will run at a resolution of 1080p on both consoles. The PS4 version will run at 60 fps for the majority of gameplay, although it occasionally dips lower, and the Xbox One version will run at 30 fps for the majority of gameplay, although in simple environments, it can reach up to 45 fps.

1080p resolution on both consoles is excellent news, but if the Xbox One version of the game can’t reach as high a framerate as the PS4 version can, it may turn some players away. Some Xbox One fans have said that this early in the consoles’ life cycles, there should not be such a huge gap between their performances, particularly when the game in question was already released for the previous generation of consoles. At least one person expressed the opinion that 30 fps is a “deal breaker.” Others feel the best option would be to allow players to lower the resolution in exchange for a higher framerate, but not everyone agrees.

This news has also reinvigorated the controversy surrounding Microsoft’s strategy with the Xbox One, as some people feel Microsoft sacrificed the system’s power without providing enough benefits to make up for it. One player connected it back to Microsoft’s focus on all-around entertainment instead of strict gaming:

At the end of the day Sony built a system almost single-tasked for gaming. Microsoft built an ‘all-in-one’ device for gaming, TV, media, sports, etc.

And so, long after it seemed Microsoft had redeemed the Xbox One, the old arguments are returning. So far, the Xbox One has been extremely successful, but could revelations like this change gamers’ minds?


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Video Game Sales High, Both Sides Take Lead in Console War

January 17, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


Whenever new consoles are released, a “war” of sorts begins, as fans insist that one console must win over the others. This often leads to interesting interpretations of data. The results are in for the video game and console sales in December, and both Microsoft and Sony have reported the data in such a way as to suggest the Xbox One or PlayStation 4 is in the lead, respectively.

Microsoft noted that the Xbox One was the highest-selling console in the United States during December, with 908,000 sales. Additionally, the Xbox 360 sold 643,000 units, which made it the highest-selling last-gen console and the third best-selling overall.

Sony, on the other hand, emphasized that the PlayStation 4 has sold over 4.2 million units overall, across the world. When it comes to cumulative sales, they are in the lead. Meanwhile, the Nintendo 3DS took the lead for 2013 hardware sales, and the Wii U sold more units in December than in any month so far.

The highest-selling games were Call of Duty: Ghosts and Battlefield 4, although Grand Theft Auto V sold more copies in 2013 than any other game. Overall, video game sales for December were quite high—total game sales rose 2% from the previous year and hardware sales rose 28%.

With everyone giving the data their own spin, the most accurate view that can be taken from the sales is that the video game market is doing well, and all three of the major console companies have their own successes to celebrate.

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PS4 to dominate console war through 2016

January 1, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


Michael Pachter, a financial analyst for the video games industry who we’ve written about many, many times in the past has some new predictions and recently revealed his thoughts on the next generation of consoles through to the year 2016.

Pachter recently sent the email you can see quoted below to various investors and other people who like to know about these matters, but the gist of it is as follows:

  • 37.7 million PS4 consoles will be sold by the middle of 2016.
  • 29 million Xbox One consoles will be sold by the same time.
  • The Wii U will do fairly poorly with sales of under 20 million by that date too.
  • The PS4 will drop to $299.99 by the year 2016.
  • The Xbox One will be $349.99 by the middle of 2016.
  • Brand new games will still cost $59.99 in 2016.

We expect Sony’s and Microsoft’s new consoles to thrive over the next three years, with cumulative worldwide sales of 37.7 million PS4 and 29 million Xbox One consoles by year-end 2016. We do not expect Nintendo’s Wii U to fare as well, with cumulative sales of under 20 million by 2016.

We expect a modest reversion to more normal software attach rates or “tie ratios,” with software sales of approximately 3 units annually over the next three years for each Xbox One and PS4 sold, and with tie ratios of just over 2 units for the Wii U and just under 1 unit for the 3DS. We think that Nintendo consoles are more susceptible to competition from mobile and tablet games, as we believe that a disproportionately high percentage of Nintendo customers play more casual games, and are therefore more likely to view mobile and tablet games as close substitutes to software developed for Nintendo’s platforms.

Software sales for the next-generation consoles are expected to grow to $12.2 billion by 2016. In contrast to the last cycle, we expect software sales for PS4 ($5.9 billion) and Xbox One ($4.9 billion) to dominate, with Wii U software capturing market share of only 11 percent. We expect overall software sales growth (including PC) in the U.S. and Europe combined (the addressable market for the publishers we cover) of 10 percent in 2014, 7 percent in 2015, and 6 percent in 2016.

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PS4 top selling console for November, Xbox One fastest in US

December 12, 2013 by Staff - Leave a comment


NPD Market Research numbers are in for the month of November 2014 and it has been confirmed that while Sony had the top selling console of the month with their Playstation 4 (and the number one in overall sales), Microsoft can boast that it had the fastest selling console “on the market in the US” – selling 909,132 Xbox One consoles in the first nine days it was officially released. Microsoft said, “Xbox One sales averaged a volume of more than 101,000 consoles per day, significantly outpacing the nearest competitor.” Ouch, but not really… Both of the consoles sold more than one million units each (worldwide – not just in the United States) as we previously reported.

In terms of the top games, Call of Duty: Ghosts has come out in top position, followed by Battlefield 4, Assassin’s Creed 4, Madden NFL 25 and Grand Theft Auto V (still kicking butt we see). You can check out the full list of the top selling games below.

  1. Call Of Duty: Ghosts
  2. Battlefield 4
  3. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
  4. Madden NFL 25
  5. Grand Theft Auto V
  6. NBA 2K14
  7. Skylanders SWAP Force
  8. Just Dance 2014
  9. Disney Infinity
  10. FIFA 14
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OXM UK fires cheap shot

November 13, 2013 by Staff - Leave a comment


Some of the reviews for the PS4’s launch titles have been mixed and it looks like the UK arm of the Official Xbox Magazine has seen it as an opportunity to get a cheap shot in.

Perhaps they should have just stayed quiet, or at least come up with something witty. At least that’s our opinion. Also being a media outlet that reviews games, don’t you think it might damage their credibility somewhat? We’ll leave it up to you to judge.

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PS4 to sell 6 million more units than Xbox One by 2018 – Analyst

September 15, 2013 by Staff - Leave a comment


We’ve previously covered analyst reports on the looming next generation battle between the Xbox One and the Playstation 4. Most cite an advantage to the PS4 with Wedbush Securities, for example, saying that it expects Sony to sell between 12 and 15 million PS4s in the first year versus 9 to 10 million for the Xbox One.

Now it’s the turn of UK research firm Futuresource Consulting and like the others they’ve said that Sony’s flagship console will come out on top. Futuresource believes that Sony will sell approximately 36 million Playstation 4s by the year 2018 with Microsoft having sold 30 million Xbox Ones in the same period – an advantage of 6 million units to the PS4, or just over one million per year.

The PS4 is likely to maintain its strong lead in its core territories of Japan and continental Europe. Due to its lower price point and positive PR within the gaming community, the PS4 will also reduce Xbox’s lead in the key Microsoft territories of the USA and UK when compared with previous generations.

What is perhaps more interesting is that Futuresource also expects sales numbers for both next gen consoles to fall short of their predecessors – the Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3:

Due to the increased availability of high-quality alternative gaming platforms such as mobile devices, as well as expected propositions from tech powerhouses Apple and Google, we expect the installed bases of the Xbox One and PS4 to be 20 per cent lower than those of the previous generation after five years on the market.

With increased market convergence and non-traditional competition, we could be looking at the last generation of gaming consoles as we know it.

What do you think? Has Sony got the next generation battle sewn up with the Playstation 4? To be honest while we think they are most definitely winning the PR war (we’d love to know how many heads have rolled in the Xbox PR team), you can’t rule Microsoft out just yet. They didn’t come all that way from the original Xbox to the Xbox 360 and not learn a few things about what people want – even if we don’t quite know what we want just yet.


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