Nintendo Wii U? Not even in the race for best next gen console. The race is strictly between Sony and Microsoft with the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Since neither is released yet, we can only guess how well they will sell.
At least one analyst thinks they know how things will play out though. According to Wedbush Securities analyst, Michael Pachter, the Sony PS4 will outsell the Xbox One, mostly due to the price. The PS4 is priced $100 cheaper than the Xbox One. There are other factors, but that is the big one. Not that it matters. Because Pachter thinks that in 10 years’ time, consoles will eventually be rendered irrelevant. He may be right.
Pachter was quoted as saying, “I don’t think the console market will get any bigger […] The console installed base has peaked. Consoles may not be relevant in 10 years. We have expanded the market beyond the hardcore console owner. We now have ten times the audience over the internet, six times the audience over mobile. And I think one day you’ll get to play any game, anywhere on any device.” He also says that he believes the PS4 will sell anywhere between 100-120 million units in its lifetime, the Xbox One only 90-110 million units. We will have to wait and see.