With all this talk about the coming race between the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, I thought it might be time to take a look back and remember what happened this past generation in the console race, and how that might inform the future.
Microsoft, to its credit, has done a great job promoting the Xbox Series X so far with its tremendous horsepower and attractive ideas like buying a last-gen game and getting a next-gen upgrade for free. Sony, meanwhile, has been far more secretive about the PS5, and Microsoft is clearly hoping that they will be able to level the playing field this upcoming generation.
But they have a lot of ground to make up.
While most people may realize that the PS4 “won” this console generation, I don’t think many realize just by what kind of margin.
While these numbers are difficult to parse because Microsoft stopped releasing Xbox unit sales, we have solid estimates from many third parties or other game developers like EA. As it stands, we are about to wrap up the console race with the following totals:
PS4 (released in 2013): 108.9 million
Nintendo Switch (released in 2017): 52.48 million
Xbox One (released in 2013): 46.9 million (estimated)
So, in short, the PS4 has outsold the Xbox One by more than a two-to-one margin, and the Switch has already passed Xbox One in sales despite being released a full four years later.
I don't think MS will do much better this comming generation,power will just not save you from failure,and i think MS has an even bigger chanllenge in its hands and it may not even come from the PS5,but from lockhart it self,it was proven this gen that people will not go for the most powerful model if the gap in price is to big.
I don't think MS can sell a Lockhart for $399 with 4TF and a series X for $100 more with 12TF,lockhart will probably be $299 which will create a serious problem for the series X,i mean how you can attack the competition without stepping on your own even weaker model,worse if the PS5 end up costing $399 or $449.
I my self still mantain my opinion the xbox brand simply isn't on equal footing vs the PS brand,and i think that will carry a great cost still.
By the way damn the switch will probably outsell both the PS5 and series X for the first 2 or 3 years like the PS2 did with the xbox 360 and PS3.