Report: PS4 Will Maintain Lead, But Maybe Not In North America
The PlayStation 4 currently leads the next-gen console race, and a new report says it will continue to lead.
This report, prepared by research firm International Data Corporation (IDC), has given the public the following prediction: Sony's machine will continue to outpace Microsoft's Xbox One.
The IDC expects the PS4 to sell 51 million units by 2016 and it will have the largest global market share. However, the report says Microsoft will once again become the leader in North America if they remove Kinect from the Xbox One, thereby dropping the price. I've been saying this for a while now, but whatever:
"The presumed unbundling of Kinect and Xbox One, which should facilitate rough price parity between it and the PS4, should lead to a spike in Xbox One sales. Assuming the console and sensor are unbundled in 2015, IDC expects Xbox One to recover and emerge with the largest installed base of any console in North America by the end of 2016."
Currently, the PS4 has sold over 7 million units worldwide, while Nintendo's Wii U has only managed to move a little over 6 million (and it launched over a year and a half ago). The last official Xbox One update we have is 3 million; the console reached that number at the end of December 2013. Microsoft did say they've shipped 5 million units, though.
Lastly, the IDC predicts the continued decline of disc-based retail and as of 2019, over 50 percent of total game spending will occur in digital channels. No big surprise there, unfortunately.
5/7/2014 11:17:46 AM Ben Dutka