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Based on officially released technical specs, Sony Corp.’s PlayStation 4 is considerably more powerful than Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox One. In theory, this will result into better games for the former. Better games mean higher sales of hardware for platform holders. According to market analysts, this is exactly what is going to happen to PS4 versus Xbox One.

“We expect Sony's PS4 to 'win' the next console generation,” said Michael Pachter, an analyst Wedbush Morgan, reports Industry Gamers web-site.

The market observer predicts that Sony’s PS4 will outsell Microsoft’s Xbox One by nearly 30% by the end of 2016, a whopping amount. Based on his projections, Sony will sell through 37.7 million PS4 consoles, Microsoft will ship 29 million Xbox One systems to gamers, whereas sales of Nintendo Wii U will be much lower at around 20 million units.

“We think ‘winning’ is important to both companies [Sony and Microsoft] and it is possible that Microsoft will reduce Xbox One pricing far faster than we have forecasted. Should hardware prices come down faster than we have modeled, it is likely that hardware and software sales will grow faster,” said Mr Pachter.

Over the next two years all console makers will have to cut down prices. It is expected that the PS4 will cost $299, Xbox One will cost $349 and Wii U will cost $150 by late 2016.

It has to be noted that game consoles these days compete not only between each other, but also against mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Given the fact that according to the market observer, a "disproportionately high percentage of Nintendo customers play more casual games," it makes the platform more vulnerable to competition from mobile gadgets given the decreasing difference in quality of games.

Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony did not comment on the news-story.

Tags: Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, Playstation, Wii U, PlayStation 4, Xbox One


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Discussion started: 01/06/14 08:39:02 AM
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Seriously, you have to be brain dead to choose Xbone over PS4. A lot cheaper, better, faster, 4K playback support and no DRM, how can you not choose PS4. Just for some crappy exclusive games?? Thanks but no thanks.
2 3 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 01/06/14 08:39:02 AM]
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I disagree with the reasons you mention except for price. The arguments about performance (games and video) sound very similar to the arguments for the PS3 vs. the 360. Yet which sold the most in the last generation? The Wii, the worst performance-wise by a much larger margin than anything between PS and XBox. Microsoft needs to get creative about pricing--where's their Brack Friday Bunduru?
1 3 [Posted by: bluvg  | Date: 01/06/14 12:29:50 PM]
if i'm not mistaken. the xbox 360 launched about a year earlier than the playstation 3 and was 200-300 dollars cheaper.
1 0 [Posted by: joseph Wallace  | Date: 01/06/14 04:57:58 PM]
It was $399 for the 20 GB 360 at launch and $499 for the 20 GB PS3 at launch. The PS3 came in way late and very expensive to make with the BD and Cell tech, and even then Sony took a huge loss on each sale. If Sony had launched at cost (est almost $900), it would have been game over.

Much will be made of the alleged horsepower difference (of course it's there, but as Ars explored, it's more complicated than just SP count and RAM bandwidth). If it translated into very noticeable results, I think it would matter more, but the fact is that both have what are relatively mid-level hardware in terms of modern GPUs. Personally, I just don't see that big of a difference.

And there are diminishing returns as well--I was looking at 4K TVs this weekend, and honestly, while they are sharper, I just don't see that huge a difference between 4K and 1080p. The test material was slow-pans across over-saturated still images and landscape videos. Whenever there was anything remotely fast-moving, the compression artifacts made those parts of the image look like a JPG with the compression totally cranked. I'd much prefer higher bit rates/higher-fidelity compression settings over more resolution at this point. Sitting on your couch, it doesn't matter much anyway unless your screen is gigantic or you have bionic eyes. But hey... more pixulz!!

At any rate, Microsoft made their decision to bundle Kinect 2, and now they are stuck with the price consequence. At this point, it doesn't look good when they don't really have Kinect 2 content. They need to fix that quickly. Matching Sony's price one way or another (creative bundling) is also important. But according to Microsoft, their sales were #1 in November (3M), so it doesn't seem they have much incentive to do that yet.
0 1 [Posted by: bluvg  | Date: 01/06/14 06:18:04 PM]
I got a XBox One for the family his Christmas. I think a couple of nice features that were not discussed was that you can makin living room Skype call now. The Kinect sensor tracks you if you walk around during these call. Also the Kinect is great for small kids. They can do their dance games or fruit ninja type games. I also think the XBox has a better selection of more hard core games coming out than the PS4. A big selling point was that it does such a variety of things than just play game.
2 4 [Posted by: ashlar64  | Date: 01/06/14 03:30:35 PM]
Why did you get an Xbone? Couldn't find a PS4? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
0 0 [Posted by: Marc Remillard  | Date: 01/10/14 11:47:23 PM]

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1 4 [Posted by: fatpipe  | Date: 01/06/14 12:55:53 PM]
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Ah, you Xboneheads and your conspiracies. There is ZERO evidence...ZERO...that Sony was planning the same DRM screwing over of customers that your masters in Redmond tried. Give it up, fanboy.
0 0 [Posted by: Marc Remillard  | Date: 01/10/14 11:49:01 PM]

I still fail to see why to get a console, you may give 100-200 more euro for a good pc and save those money in game prices in less than a year.
I used to have a PSX god... I couldn't afford it's games before they fall in "platinum".
Now with my pc I get the games for 0 to 10e when we have steam and gog sales.
0 0 [Posted by: nitro912gr  | Date: 01/06/14 04:19:56 PM]

I wish they made ROM cartridge consoles with modern technology. That is the level of convienience that I love in consoles.
0 0 [Posted by: Teemu Ruskeepää  | Date: 01/07/14 03:13:00 AM]

These are toys nothing more or less they are aimed at the teenage market and below. They are nothing more or less. They are not the leading edge of tech. but a couple of proven nice low tech systems which work as hassle free toys.
1 1 [Posted by: tedstoy  | Date: 01/07/14 06:15:39 PM]

Titanfall is good. Very good. On my PC with GeForce 460gtx. When I get round to this gen I'm sure I'll get the Sony.
0 0 [Posted by: gregmeyer  | Date: 04/30/14 06:21:31 AM]


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