If there was in fact a report suggesting that consumers are opting for the Xbox One over the PlayStation then perhaps I’ve missed it. Following countless polls and reports, here’s another one from the International Data Corporation center who recently published their report forecasting the PlayStation 4 to dominate sales this year over the Xbox One.
Speaking about the overall console sales shipped this year, the report stated that “the number of game console bundles shipped worldwide in 2013 will be marginally higher than the 2012 total of approximately 33 million bundles”. That comes as no surprise since almost anyone will be scrambling to get hold of a piece of next-generation in time for the holidays.
Regarding the battle between the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the forecast suggests that “Sony (NYSE: SNE) PlayStation 4 (PS4) bundle sales will edge out Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) Xbox One sales this holiday season due to a variety of factors, most notably the PS4’s lower price point.”
Another interesting thing to come from the forecast is as follows: “IDC predicts 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, micro-game, and add-on download revenue (i.e., digital PC games distributed through Steam, Origin, and Amazon.com) for the first time this year.”
One most important factor stated in the report is that “Connected console subscription revenue (Xbox LIVE Gold and PlayStation Plus) is also rising in 2013 while subscription-based PC game revenue (i.e., World of Warcraft) is in decline.” Just another clear indication that subscription-based models for MMOs are not popular and that Sony has rightly gone for a paid online service for the PlayStation 4.