Should Sony Be Concerned About Xbox One's Sales Boost?
As I predicted, sales of the Xbox One have apparently skyrocketed after Microsoft removed Kinect and made the price $399.
According to the latest report, sales "more than doubled" after the price drop in June. Microsoft didn't provide exact numbers but obviously, the impact of that move is more than significant.
So, should Sony respond? Are they just fine with things the way they are? If Xbox One sales doubled in the US, it stands to reason Microsoft's console outsold the PlayStation 4 in this region during June. I would also expect Xbox One to top the PS4 throughout the summer, especially as there really aren't any compelling reasons to pick up Sony's system until the fall. I suppose The Last Of Us: Remastered might spur hardware sales a little, but that's about it.
The bottom line is that this has been an Xbox-dominated territory since the Xbox 360 launched. There was nothing, outside of the price, that was really going to deter the Xbox faithful from grabbing the new console, and now that we've got the competitive $399 price tag, the next-gen gap has already started to shrink. I guess the question is: How rapidly will that gap shrink, and how long should Sony wait before they issue some kind of response?
7/16/2014 9:47:08 PM Ben Dutka