The big console war is never-ending. Like every year, 2017 was a big battle between Sony and Microsoft as to which console sells the most and performs better. With PlayStation 4 Pro already on the market and Xbox One X coming November 7th its hard not to think about what the sales of both of them will be like this Christmas. As it seems estimations are already made and Sony wins.
According to Financial Post, using IDC research, this holiday 22.2% of the prospective buyers will be getting a PlayStation 4 Pro while 21.6% will grab an Xbox One X instead. In a wider matter, PlayStation 4 (with both Slim and Pro editions) will get 35.7% of the share and Xbox One (with basic Xbox One and the X edition) will get 29.3% making the difference even bigger.
As a whole, Sony consoles prospective buyers (including PlayStation 3) will be at a 39.2% while Microsoft will get a 36.7%. As it seems the only category where Microsoft is getting a lead is on the sales of Xbox 360, making it a classic buy for budget console gamers.
Research director of IDC Lewis Ward gave some context about the next-gen console battle saying the following:
“What the broader take away (from our research) implies is that Microsoft’s gamble is going to pay off. It does appear to stabilize the slide that Microsoft has been on, which I think is a positive step. It looks like, in North America, that the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X will be neck-and-neck in sales for at least the next six months or so and if that happens, you have to say that’s a win for Microsoft.”
Estimating future sales of a product that isn’t on the market yet can’t give an absolute and solid answer. Xbox One X is estimated to sell 7 million consoles in North America within the next two quarters and that’s not a number you can ignore. Everything will be clear in November when the first sales of Xbox One X can give a solid statistic outcome.