According to an analyst’s predictions, the PS5 will continue to beat both new Xbox consoles combined when it comes to sales.
Piers Harding-Rolls of Ampere Analysis says the PS5 will have sold 5 million units by the end of the year, while the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S will have sold only 3.9 million.
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This trend continues into the future, with Xbox sales remaining fairly stable, but PS5 sales are accelerating slightly. By 2024, the last point of the graph, the analyst predicts that 67.3 million PS5s will be sold compared to 44.3 million next-generation Xbox consoles.
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But why should this be so? After all, earlier this week we learned that the Xbox Series X will cost $ 499 / £ 449, while the Xbox Series S will start at just $ 299 / £ 249. The PS5 on the other hand is expected to cost between $ 500 and $ 600, too. if the PS5 Digital Edition for download only it will probably cost a little less.
The analysis also garners praise for Xbox’s new multilevel strategy, which sells two console options instead of just one. Harding-Rolls also says the Xbox Game Pass and Xbox All Access subscription services will be crucial, allowing gamers to access huge amounts of games, or even a console itself, without having to pay upfront. While PlayStation offers PlayStation Now as a rival to Game Pass, and it’s been reported that retailers are considering an offer similar to All Access for PS5, Xbox’s services are better established.
Since there are many more separate parts to the Xbox offering, marketing the console to gamers may be more difficult, the report adds. But Harding-Rolls still believes Xbox will benefit from this approach, encouraging gamers who wouldn’t normally upgrade their console for another couple of years to join the Xbox family much closer to launch.
And this is where the problem lies. The Harding-Rolls report doesn’t believe that this new S-series strategy from Microsoft will move PlayStation users to Xbox, it will simply encourage its existing user base to get into next-generation action faster.
However, there is a lot more to consider in this battle of the new consoles besides price. Equally important is what games will be available to play. While Microsoft has some exciting exclusives on the way including Halo: Infinite, a new Fable game, Hellblade 2, and a new Forza title, Sony is offering new games in some of its most popular series like Ratchet and Clank, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Spider- Man: Miles Morales and Gran Turismo 7. And those lineups could very well decide which console will be the best.