The PlayStation 4 is winning the current game console war against the Xbox One at the moment. From launch the system was playing catch-up to Sony’s PS4. However, some analysts are predicting that Microsoft’s console will continue to sell fewer numbers all the way into 2018, and by a margin of over 20 million units. Well, this is not what Microsoft wants to hear.
The report comes from Strategy Analytics and is a study of the current console generation’s sales trends so far. They predict that at the end of 2018, about 80 million PS4s will be have been sold, while the Xbox One will have reached 57 million in sales. The Xbox One reached 10 million units shipped in November, a full three months after the PS4. So if the analysts’ predictions are right, Sony’s lead will only grow from here.
Many believe that Sony has learned from its mistakes that caused the PS3 to be second the Xbox 360 in the previous generation. And while the Xbox One had problems even before launch, Microsoft has been busy doing all it can to turn things around and get sales numbers up. They have un-bundled the Kinect camera and dropped the price for the holidays, keeping it there permanently. The Xbox One could catch up between now and 2018.
Nintendo’s Wii U is last in most consumers’ minds, and Strategy Analytics believe it will get between 15 and 20 million in sales in 2018. The system delivers great gaming that fans love, but Nintendo’s poor sales performance over the last few console generations has everyone wondering how long they can stay relevant.
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