At first, Harding-Rolls predicted that the initial gap between the two consoles would be reasonably narrow, with the PS5 expected to sell at 4.6 million units in 2020 and the Xbox Series X at 3.3 million. However, as the next generation evolves, this gap is expected to widen.
This is an interesting prediction given that there are many signs pointing to the Xbox Series X undercutting the PS5 over the price. And Sony Interactive Entertainment boss Jim Ryan even hinted that the PS5 would be more about “value” than the lower price of the next generation console.
However, the PS5 is likely to overcome the success of the PS4, which has sold some 110 million units since its launch in 2013, while the Xbox One has moved around 47 million consoles. As such, there is arguably a larger PlayStation fan base for Sony to integrate with the PS5.
And with Horizon 2: Forbidden West, Gran Turismo 7 and Spider-Man: Miles Morales on the way, the PS5 has powerful exclusive games to keep the Xbox Series X at bay. On the other hand, the Xbox Series X promises full backward compatibility and a solid set of services to support its superior raw power. He also has a little game called Halo Infinite in the works that is sure to get attention, and we should see even more exclusive titles at Microsoft’s July event.
It seems that Harding-Rolls and Ampere Analysis have PS5 to be the winner when it comes to changing the most game consoles. However, if the two consoles move tens of millions of units, Sony and Microsoft could come out winners.
This is relevant because there has been a lot of chatter about the fact that game consoles are losing relevance, thanks to smartphone games and the emergence of cloud-based game streaming that really works … above all. Moving millions of consoles would show that there is still an appetite for hardware enclosures.
Don’t expect the PS5 or Xbox Series X to sell as well as the PS2, as Sony’s second generation PlayStation has moved 155 million units in its lifetime. Harding-Rolls said it was a sign of the times in the world of game consoles.
“While the market is still large and likely to be constantly important at least during the next console lifecycle, what has been proven over the past decade is that even with significant resources devoted to With increasing global adoption, including entry plus a series of additional territories, substantial growth in hardware sales for Sony and Microsoft handsets has not materialized, “said Harding-Rolls.
Even with consoles that didn’t seem as popular as they once were, the end is not near for PlayStation and Xbox. And excitement is building around the PS5 and Xbox Series X, especially after the recent PS5 games showcase which garnered over 80 million unique views. For us, the “Holiday 2020” exit window for consoles cannot appear soon enough.