Is It Important For The PS4 To Outsell The Xbox One Early?
Sony is famous (or infamous) for saying that each generation is a "marathon, not a sprint."
Of course, they've proven that time and time again, despite anyone who mocks the statement. The question is, as they enter this generation as the underdog in North America, is it essential that Sony's PlayStation 4 gets an early jump on Microsoft's Xbox One?
Analyst Michael Pachter believes the PS4 will outsell the Xbox One out of the gate. He did add, however, that both companies "will sell whatever they ship." Well, sure, those are mostly all pre-ordered and undoubtedly, consumers will pick theirs up when it becomes available. But will Sony have extra stock for regular consumers? Will Microsoft? And if so, who will come out on top during the holiday war?
Perhaps it's most important to ask: Is it crucial for Sony to grab a bunch of positive headlines for this launch? It's widely believed that the PS4 has the lead in terms of pre-orders, and the positive headlines have been in full effect for months. But hype is hype; what matters is the impression the machine makes on journalists and the gaming community at large. The PS3 didn't make the greatest impression and with low sales numbers at launch, that system faced a tough uphill climb. This time, Sony isn't a year behind and they've produced a machine that everyone - especially developers - seem to love. That's a very big plus.
Therefore, it should result in a great launch period. But in your estimation, how important is that period? Is it critical to get a good jump, or does it not matter much in the long haul?
9/29/2013 10:03:10 PM Ben Dutka