DFC: PS4 Has “Slight Edge” in Race to 100 Million Units Sold
DFC Intelligence, a firm dedicated to entertainment industry research, recently shared their next generation hardware forecasts with GamesIndustry International. Some highlights from the report are as follows:
- “Video Game Industry revenue expected to go from $68 billion to $77 billion in 2014.”
- Industry likely to fall just short of “$100 billion by 2018”, reaching approximately “96 billion.”
- “Core” gamers are likely to spend “more than ever.”
Perhaps most interesting was their insight into the ongoing console war between Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PlayStation 4. According to DFC Intelligence, it is very likely that both will reach 100 million units sold through to customers by 2020, however “price and strength in Europe give the PlayStation 4 a slight edge.” Still, even in the US, the Xbox One hasn’t quite garnered the attention of its sizeable existing Xbox 360 user base. Currently, the PS4 retails for $399.99 USD, whereas the Xbox One costs a premium of $100, at $499.99 USD. The higher price tag of Microsoft’s new machine has led to lower sales numbers compared to those of the PS4 in the US – something Microsoft surely hopes to mend with bundles and price cuts. Even so, DFC Intelligence claims they’ve taken the aforementioned into account when projecting these numbers.
Source: GamesIndustry International