MCV are citing a report where Futuresource Consulting analysts claim that the Playstation 4 will be the lead selling next-gen console in the next five years.
The report claims the Sony console will sell 36 million consoles worldwide by 2018, while Microsoft’s Xbox One will sell approximately 30 million consoles over the same time period.
The analyst firm also believes that both next-gen consoles will sell significantly less than that of the PS3 and Xbox 360.
“We expect the Xbox One to sell well in the USA due to existing customer loyalty, repositioning as an integrated multimedia home hub will open up further market opportunities, though it is launching into a crowded marketplace, so gaining a strong foothold in this category will be challenging,” claims the firm.
“The PS4 is likely to maintain its strong lead in its core territories of Japan and continental Europe. Due to its lower price point and positive PR within the gaming community, the PS4 will also reduce Xbox’s lead in the key Microsoft territories of the USA and UK when compared with previous generations.
“Due to the increased availability of high-quality alternative gaming platforms such as mobile devices, as well as expected propositions from tech powerhouses Apple and Google, we expect the installed bases of the Xbox One and PS4 to be 20 per cent lower than those of the previous generation after five years on the market.
“With increased market convergence and non-traditional competition, we could be looking at the last generation of gaming consoles as we know it.”