Sony and Microsoft have been fighting it out on the playing ground of technology ever since I can remember. If the two companies had been founded in the times of Neanderthals there’s little doubt in my mind that spokespersons for the two would have fought over whose cave paintings offered the ‘better cave era visuals’. As a gamer I realise that up until the launch date of the PS4 and the Xbox One, gamers themselves will take to Twitter and comment spaces to throw anger-laced words at each other in an effort to prove whose upcoming favourite is the best, but in reality, the battle will only be won by whoever has the best sales. Now, a market research firm has said that this holiday season, that victor will be the Sony PS4.
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The market research comes from International Data Corporation, an American firm who specialise in information technology, communication and consumer technology, all of which are categories that the PS4 could fall into. They cite a “variety of factors” for why the PS4 will take the next-gen crown, this year at least. The first of these factors, they say, is “most notably the PS4’s lower price point”. There’s $100 between the PS4 and the Xbox One ($400 and $500, respectively), offering a significant cost benefit to those who pick up the cheaper console.
In the report, IDC also say that the digital download revolution will really take hold, and that “prepaid full-game, micro-game, and add-on download revenue derived through connected console channels (Xbox LIVE, PlayStation Store and eShop) will exceed that of worldwide PC-based prepaid full-game” so although the need for PS4 and Xbox One to completely scrap discs hasn’t happened yet, downloads will certainly be giving them a run for their money in the next gaming generation.
Finally, IDC expect there to be over 165 million online gamers by 2017, which could be influenced by China’s recent decision to lift a ban on consoles, with the market research firm adding that it should “should lead to millions of additional hardware bundle sales for the likes of Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony within three years”. Which could mean even more PS4 and Xbox One players and even more PS4 and Xbox One games for us to play, which isn’t really a bad thing!
The PS4 release date is November 15th. The Xbox One release date is the 22nd of November.
We’ll keep you posted on any more next-gen news.