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PS4 vs Xbox One: Sony Expects to Ship 60M by April 2017, Where’s Microsoft?
Although some are predicting that despite the PS4 vs Xbox One wars, these two might be the last consoles as we know them, sales this generation are not slowing down at all. At least as far as Sony’s endeavors are concerned, the PS4 is expected to add about 20 million to its shipments in the coming year!
That’s right, SCE is going to have shipped 20 million more units of the PS4 into the market by the end of April 2017, making the total figure touch 60 million!
What’s even more important is that this time the figures have not come from third party sources. Instead, Sony itself has forecasted their hardware sales figures through the company’s latest financial earnings call for the last fiscal year that ended on March 31, 2016.
Is the PS4 vs Xbox One Battle Over?
For those who don’t know, the number of consoles Sony expects to ship in the next one year i.e. 20 million, is equal to the number of Xbox One units Microsoft had shipped in the entire life of the generation until last month!
Of course comparing shipped units with sold units is not the most accurate of comparisons, but even if we compare the sold units, the PS4 vs Xbox One war is almost a lopsided affair. Back in April when Sony expectedly had sold 35 million units, Microsoft had sold only 20.
We expect this difference to expand much more by the end of April 2017 if Sony is to ship 20 million by then.
At the beginning of March, some analysts suggested that the total install base on PS4 and Xbox One combined was only 43 million. What I don’t understand is how these companies expect to go over and above with PS4 and Xbox One sales in the coming years if PlayStation Neo and Xbox Next are going to be things too.
Do you think there is any point in the PS4 vs Xbox One tug of war now that Microsoft is so far behind?