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.”