Report: PS4 to outsell Xbox One this holiday

International Data Corporation says PlayStation 4's lower price point will help platform edge out Xbox One; console sales expected to grow in 2013 for the first time in four years.

The PlayStation 4 will outsell the Xbox One at release this holiday due to a "variety of factors" but most directly its price point, according to a new report from the International Data Corporation (IDC) released this week.

The PS4 will sell for $400, while the Xbox One will launch at $500.

Sony has previously said that "price isn't everything" and that the lowest-priced console isn't always the most successful.

For its part, Microsoft Xbox director Albert Penello said last month that the Xbox One is worth $100 more than the PS4. "I just believe that we're going to have a better system," he said at the time.

The IDC report also concludes that the number of game consoles shipped worldwide in 2013 will be "marginally higher" than 2012's 33 million, bringing to a halt a four-year slide that started in 2009.

The research group also predicted that prepaid full-game, micro-game, and add-on revenue generated through Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, and eShop will exceed that of worldwide PC-based digital sales of the same nature for the first time ever this year.

The IDC also pointed out that while subscription-based PC game revenue is currently declining, connected console subscription revenue (Xbox Live Gold, PlayStation Plus) is up so far in 2013.

IDC gaming research manager Lewis Ward said the online console game market is expected to exceed 165 million people worldwide by 2017. Details about how many people would be playing offline were not provided.

"As a result, the opportunity to sell these gamers digital assets through Wii U, Xbox One, and PS4 online storefronts will grow substantially in the next several years," Ward said.

The Chinese government's recent decision to lift its 13-year console ban "should" lead to millions of additional hardware sales for Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony within the next three years, Ward said.

Lastly, Ward said emerging platforms like Ouya, Valve's new Steam Machines, smart TVs, and other microconsoles are "unlikely" to have a material impact on the traditional console business, at least for a few more years.

"It appears unlikely that Nintendo, Microsoft, or Sony will be driven out of the living room from a gaming perspective by 2017 as result of non-console competition from the likes of Valve/Steam, Ouya, cable/telecom companies, or related hardware and Web service providers," Ward said.

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abpercival
abpercival

No way am I getting the Xbox One. I already have a laptop and satellite tv. Why the hell would i seek to purchase a "GAME" console to browse the web and check out Facebook, much less watch tv... like seriously dude? I cannot take that seriously especially when they didn't even try to focus on games the very thing it was designed to do.. Microsoft aint shit for soo many reasons... fanboys just in denial...

ANUBISZER0
ANUBISZER0

I am getting a PS4 no doubt but later on down the line I'll get an Xbone. I've always done that. Playstation first other systems later.

apophis32
apophis32

I traded my 360 for a PS4 and put $100 down on an Xbone and I'm getting 3 games for each, and I've been making payments since E3. I'll get a steam machine in about a year after all the reviews come out. I justify spending all this money that I really don't have by knowing how much I love games... 

botsio
botsio

ms got it wron from the beginning.thus this outcome comes as no surprise.ms might pick up in the subsequent years to come but now sony is miles ahead of microsoft.

ohjtbehaaave
ohjtbehaaave

MS making Kinect mandatory for Xbox1 has crippled them going into Next Gen.  Most gamers just don't care about motion gimmicks and changing the TV with Xbox1.  We just want a Next Gen GAMING system... and that's why most immediately leaned towards getting the PS4.  Sony 1st party exclusives also helped.

xtraflossy
xtraflossy

Did this study include hardware failure rates?

Ayato_Kamina_1
Ayato_Kamina_1

I wouldn't buy the Xbox because of how ugly the power pack is. Now you might say this is a meaningless thing. But there's a console out there that offers practically the exact same experience without an ugly power pack so that's where my money will go.

tightwad34
tightwad34

What is this like the 84th article saying this? The last thing I would do if I were a journalist is beat a dead horse.

steelmouth
steelmouth

So did we really need a report to tell us this

kay2kid
kay2kid

Came here expecting a lot of Nicolas Cage faces. : /

amdreallyfast
amdreallyfast

I'm waiting until next year, after I graduate and hopefully get a job, before I purchase a new system.  I don't particularly care that the PS4 is more powerful because PC busts them both, but the XBox One's kinect hasn't shown itself to be worth the $100, so PS4 is looking the better choice.

Plus, PS4 will have Last Guardian.  Wewt sauce!

lek_zie
lek_zie

sony AAA develpoer is the sole reason while ps4 beats the hell out of X1

everybody knows by now even the xbots fantard that M$ dont have any AAA developers like naughty dog/santa monica/media molecule

crazyrage23
crazyrage23

@abpercival how did they not focus on games? they updated their processing power in their RAM GPU, and CPU just like all the other gaming consoles, then to take it a step further they increased the amount of servers to handle dedicated servers, and all its other online features such as digitally downloaded games to the cloud it's not like they didn't focus on games at all they have a solid amount of launch titles as well just google it... then on top of that they included the tv services and everything else to appeal to a broader audience. Not to mention microsoft is worth way more than a lot of other companies out their just look at their stock growth in the last year. Now tell how microsoft is shit... 

gamer112696
gamer112696

@ANUBISZER0 LOL I do the exact opposite.  In my opinion, there are usually better games for the Xbox early on because Microsoft is always paying developers crap loads of money to keep some games as exclusives (I.E. Titanfall).  However, I have noticed that Playstation will come out with super good games as well, but you have to be patient and wait a little while for them to be released.  That's why I pre-ordered the Xbox One two weeks earlier than when I pre-ordered the PS4.

Porphyriaa
Porphyriaa

@apophis32 How the fuck does anyone even have time to play more than one console? Games are coming out like crazy now days. I bought both ps3 and 360 this last gen and found myself overwhelmed. I wanted to play so many games but simply just didn't have the time to play them all. This gen im going ps4 and wii u. Wii u just for when I have friends over. Nintendo = best party play.

OldKye
OldKye

@apophis32 um.... Sir most games are on both, Pick one - get more games.

$500 buys a fair amount of games.

Evildantheman
Evildantheman

@botsio First off, Idiots who try and take moral high ground because M$ did this in the beginning etc and ps4 didn't bla bla bla are jst idiots! The companies dont care about consumers at all just the money going into their bank accounts and the feeling of winning the console war! I'm getting both consoles but sony are just as bad! Slowly integrating the same stuff m$ came out with from the start such as tv etc streaming services bla bla! You must have known all this was going to be announced before the launch of ps4. !2 months from now they all will be the same in that respect but xbox will have the better games still.

Evildantheman
Evildantheman

@ohjtbehaaave And i'm sorry but what are they at launch because DC and KZ will be outplayed by BF4 and cod and forza! I'm getting ps4 day one but sorry mate xbox one has the better exclusives and features. Naughty dog etc wont be releasing a game till late 2014 or even 2015. 

de-astroturfer
de-astroturfer

@ohjtbehaaave Lets not forget they tried to charge us again to sell our games on ebay ect and tried to ban sharing swapping or giving games to friends, I think that probable had quite a lot to do with it as well  

mastalin1
mastalin1

Why would it if the hardware isn't out for there to be a number to include? Or is this an attempt to try to dig at rrod for some inane reason?

dani_i89
dani_i89

@Ayato_Kamina_1 You're an idiot. The controller on PS sucks, how is that for a starter? A power pack? You plug it in once and you never see it again.

Again, you are an idiot

angry_cowtipper
angry_cowtipper

@tightwad34 If you were a journalist working under a publication, the first thing you'd do is beat or report whatever it is you were told to.

mr_nee
mr_nee

@amdreallyfast " I don't particularly care that the PS4 is more powerful because PC busts them both" that is an inconsisstent argument. It's like saying who cares is nextgen console graphics is better that 8-bit, because PC beats them both.

You should wiegth all aspects. And I'm pretty sure PS4 will beat any $400 PC years ahead.

Nikolajj
Nikolajj

@lek_zie And somehow, X1 games came out from E3 with more awards than PS4 games. 

mr_nee
mr_nee

@lek_zie and yet somehow "xbox has better games" argument always comes up.

abpercival
abpercival

@crazyrage23 @abpercival Good points but ummm question.... Was this before or after they went back on everything they initially proposed? Don't worry i'll wait... Secondly they didn't even run their games on the Xbox One... it was on a windows computer how pathetic is that man like seriously that's beyond embarrassing....

Cloud7794
Cloud7794

@Evildantheman @botsio  "Still"? Sorry to break it to you, but the best games of this generation went to multiplatform games and PS3 exclusives. Obviously, everyone has their tastes, but this is the general consensus. Also, while both companies do want/need money, they chose different initial routes to get it. MS went totalitarian, and PS4 went diplomatic. It's clear as day who came out on top there. The rest, no one cares about. They both have TV features, cameras, etc.

The "Sony is just as bad" argument loses its credibility very fast for the shear fact that it has no evidence/support sans what it made up by fanboys. No one is an "idiot" for having been put off by Microsoft's original marketing plan; the only idiots are the ones who rail on others for getting a different piece of hardware to enjoy their favorite games on.

I'm only getting a PS4 (I'm not made of money, after all), and my friend is getting an Xbox One. We're actually happy that we're getting different consoles, as we'll be able to enjoy each one.

ohjtbehaaave
ohjtbehaaave

@Evildantheman @ohjtbehaaave  Wow... no offense... but are you dumb or just stupid?  You do realize BF4 and COD are also coming to the PS4 at the same time as Xbox1 right? Meaning the only exclusive MS has that anything close to good at launch is Forza... and no way is that a system seller type game.   You should learn some facts before posting such nonsense Dr Evil.

ohjtbehaaave
ohjtbehaaave

@de-astroturfer @ohjtbehaaave No doubt.  MS just came off like a shady car dealer ready to screw the buyer around every turn.  And they only changed their ways and policies etc... when gamers buried them for it.  I just have no faith or trust with MS after this whole E3 debacle... the back tracking and flip flopping.  Who can trust a word they say?  It's like they are making things up as they go.  MS basically pushed gamers towards a PS4 whether they were a MS or Sony fan.  I love my 360.... but I won't go near this 'Do it all' Xbox1 machine.  Does nothing for me.

OldKye
OldKye

@mastalin1PS3 had it's yellow light(So I'm told) now just because my day one PS3 is still working and I've had 3 Xbox 360's red ring of death on me is no indication of next gen.

After all they say the best predictor of the future is the status quo...... oh wait.......

Cloud7794
Cloud7794

@stickybun @Ayato_Kamina_1 Thank you. I may be getting a PS4 and really have no desire at all for the new Xbox, but this is actually a sensible statement.

To be fair though everyone has their quirks, if that's a big deal to him then more power (lol) to him I guess.

Ayato_Kamina_1
Ayato_Kamina_1

@dani_i89 Now, now, you rabid fanboy. I was just stating an opinion. Firstly, you'll find plenty of people who prefer the PS controller over the Xbox controller. I'm sure those people are idiots also. Secondly, given the size of both consoles, at what point am I to believe that the PSU on the xbox needed to be external? If the PS4 can manage it internally then it's just poor design that the Xbox doesn't. And the reason it makes a difference is because I move my console around a lot, so having to lug a console AND a rather sizable cable with a box on it isn't particularly useful to me. 

I look at both consoles as gateways to playing the "next generation" of games. So things like graphical power or TV capabilities mean nothing to me so long as it runs the games. As for controllers, I can learn to use either one, it doesn't bother me. 

So rather than calling me an idiot, how about you think before you post.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@angry_cowtipper Yeah, I realize that, but there's gotta be some sort of freedom for them. That's why I wouldn't work for a publication that told me what to write. I don't like that one bit, so I would have to be freelance journalist which I don't have any motivation to do.

lek_zie
lek_zie

@Nikolajj @lek_zie LOL titanfall is 3rd party its only exclusive for the time being and all other 1st party game of xbone is just average..

lek_zie
lek_zie

@mr_nee @lek_zie LOL better games? those 1st party games is just average games from an average developer..

crazyrage23
crazyrage23

@abpercival @crazyrage23 All the facts I stated was prior the policy shift aside from updating their processing power in their RAM GPU, however this would have been done regardless of the policy changes as it has nothing to do with it. Micosoft did the same thing with the 360 back in 2005 prior to is launch. And yes its a well known fact that when they did showcase their launch titles that they were not ran on the console however I'll provide you with an article rather than describe why that doesn't matter and why it is not embarrassing. http://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonevangelho/2013/06/15/were-xbox-one-e3-demos-running-on-nvidia-hardware-it-doesnt-matter-and-heres-why/

OldKye
OldKye

@sanchango @OldKye @apophis32yes cause then you'd need to buy the games on both(for that variety or you don't get it lol) and watch dogs on Xbox One plays so different from watch dogs on PS4.

Those different pre order DLC's from GameStop are really worth $560 aren't they?

Evildantheman
Evildantheman

@ohjtbehaaave And sony didnt have DRM did they not, no! Until they seen how unpopular it was! there's a 180 right there!

OldKye
OldKye

@mastalin1God @Oz0n3_holepunch is right that's huge I can't imagine what it was at launch since that's the life of the console.

It's got to be like 40% fail rate on launch consoles no wonder I had more then one fail that's ridiculous Microsoft.

mastalin1
mastalin1

Then the fact that the current iteration of the Xbox 360 has a failure under 9% is the number that goes into that equation correct?

OldKye
OldKye

@Evildantheman @OldKye @mastalin1 lol your almost at the joke it's going off the fact that in any predictive science the best indication of what will happen is what is currently happening I.E. sun rises in the morning it's likely to do the same tomorrow.

Since almost every release of any technology be it software and hardware to cars has a fair share of bugs and problems most likely there will be something. 

Will it be a death ring? no Xbox One might not use the same indicator to show it's dead, but we will likely see something (headset's don't work, share functions that don't share, online servers being overloaded) hard to test for problems better then millions of people using it aka "it's release" and the media will roast whatever it is like a overcooked Hot Pocket.

Evildantheman
Evildantheman

@OldKye @mastalin1 Well ive had 3 xbox 360s not one rrod and two ps3's one of which had yellow light of death! Whats the point i cant see it happening this gen as near as much!

Cloud7794
Cloud7794

@apophis32 @dani_i89 Many people have. At almost every gaming convention they've attended this year Sony has allowed public play of PS4 titles.

crazy-roman
crazy-roman

@dani_i89 @jophy @Nikolajj @lek_zie You are joking right? What shadow has the 360's exclusives ever had? Halo started amazing, it's also kinda ended better too, Gears started well, Forza for racing fans great... then what? Fable died on the original XBOX. Otherwise they turned average, although there was Perfect Dark Zero and Viva Pinata...

dani_i89
dani_i89

@jophy @Nikolajj @lek_zie Sony's exclusives have always been rubbish. Except for God of War, which actually seems original (albeit very repetitive, with non-imaginative button-mashing combat), PS exclusives stood very low in the shadow of Xbox's exclusives in terms of originality and creativity.

rahl247
rahl247

@Nikolajj @lek_zie @jophy 

you believe the hype. gaikai= cloud as azure=cloud both can do the same. just 1 is implementing it differently

Nikolajj
Nikolajj

@lek_zie @jophy @Nikolajj Sure, awards before the games come out tells os less than when the game is out. But we cant know any of that yet, can we? All I see here is you personal feelings, and no facts.

Titanfall not being 1st party is not important, when the teknology in use is not avalable on the PS4. Sure Titanfall will come for the pc as well, but that does not help out the PS4, now does it?

lek_zie
lek_zie

@jophy @Nikolajj @lek_zie at last someone who can understand the big picture.. all im trying to point out at the other guy is M$ developers is not on par with sony and halo gears is not the way they used to be since the original creators gone rogue XD

jophy
jophy

@Nikolajj @lek_zie while launch titles are important. they are also just a bait. what matters is the long term commitment which xbox360 clearly fails. milking forza gears and halo is not good enough. x360 exclusives were also much more impressive than ps3. but its just another ruse.

jophy
jophy

@Nikolajj @lek_zie sorry to disappoint xbox fans. but look at both consoles' exclusives history. sony wins hands down. even now last of us, puppeteer, beyond 2 souls, tales of xilia, sony just keeps pumping out good to AAA exclusives

lek_zie
lek_zie

@Nikolajj @lek_zie LOL i didnt said that winning awards is average coz tons of sonys games are critically acclaimed and theres a big differerence in winning awards before the game is out and gaining critical acclaim after the game is out LOL and titanfall is not a 1ST PARTY game its not owned by M$  and its not even exclusive to X1 LOL

Nikolajj
Nikolajj

@lek_zie @Nikolajj So, winning awards is average? You my fried, is on thin ice here.

Titanfall uses a resource that the PS4 doesn't even plan to implement yet.