Sony’s direct competitors close the gap between Xbox One and PS4
Talking at the UBS Global Technology Conference (via Gamasutra) Jorgensen noted that:“Clearly Sony has jumped out to a lead with a great console and I think a great pricing strategy,[but] Microsoft is catching up quickly"
“Pricing actions that are taking place, particularly during this Christmas season, driven by Microsoft, around reduction plus a lot of bundled software, I think will continue to pull the consumer into the new consoles, ” he added.
At the last recent count up from Microsoft, 19 million Xbox Ones had been shifted to retailers - although exact figures of sales to end users is unknown. Last month Sony revealed that 13.5 million PS4s have so far been sold across the world. While there is quite a gap recent moves from Microsoft, such as selling the Xbox One without the Kinect and price cuts in Europe and the US seem to be paying off to generate some closer competition between the two console giants.
With Christmas just around the corner we’re bound to see some higher sales figures in the short term. Jorgensen estimates that combined sales for PS4 and Xbox One will be ”north of 25 million” by the end of the holiday season.
Meanwhile as the Wii U celebrates its second birthday this week, the total sales to date for Nintendo’s entry in the console race have passed 7 million units.
With all three consoles poised to receive some must-have titles in 2015 it will be interesting to compare the figures this time next year.