IHS Markit analyst Piers Harding-Rolls has informed Video games Trade that he expects Sony to edge out Microsoft when next-gen consoles launch in 2020.
Harding-Rolls, whose 2019 predictions have been virtually completely on level, believes that though the PlayStation 5 is more likely to outsell the Xbox Collection X subsequent 12 months, each consoles will most likely promote extra models at launch than they did again in 2013.
I anticipate PS5 to outsell Xbox Collection X in 2020, however for each platforms to promote extra consoles at launch than each the PS4 and Xbox One did again in 2013. One new issue for this upcoming technology is the impression of backwards compatibility on model loyalty and viewers transition. I believe we’ll see much less model switching in consequence.
A excessive worth level might immediate Microsoft to comply with by means of with a dual-pronged product technique and launch a much less highly effective, cheaper model of its next-gen platform throughout the launch window. I don’t anticipate Sony to comply with this product technique at launch so this strategy would give Xbox extra go-to-market flexibility though it will additionally add complexity round advertising and shopper schooling.
Harding-Rolls added that he expects Sony to launch its next-gen PS VR system by 2021 on the earliest.
“If Fb can ensure the Oculus Quest provide chain is nicely stocked by means of 2020, it has a really robust likelihood of being the best-selling ‘high-end’ shopper headset by means of the 12 months outperforming Sony’s PS VR,” he continued. “I’d have an interest to listen to if Valve is contemplating a port of Half-Life: Alyx to PlayStation platforms to be used with the PS VR, as that might act as a big differentiator for Sony throughout the next-gen console battle.”
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[Source: Games Industry]