According to analysts at Futuresource Consulting, the PS4 will surpass the Xbox One in sales by 2018.
They predict that the next-gen consoles will sell less than their current-gen counterparts but expect the PS4 to ship 36 million units worldwide by 2018 with the Xbox One to hit 30 million units shipped by the same time.
The company explains:
“We expect the Xbox One to sell well in the USA due to existing customer loyalty, repositioning as an integrated multimedia home hub will open up further market opportunities, though it is launching into a crowded marketplace, so gaining a strong foothold in this category will be challenging.
“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.
“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.”
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