PS4 Outselling Xbox One by 66% in USA, Pachter Predicts

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This soon after the launch of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 it’s still somewhat difficult to say whether Sony or Microsoft has definitively won the latest console war, at least in terms of sales. Where there is such uncertainty, quotes from Wedbush Securities games industry analyst Michael Pachter tend to follow, and Pachter has not been shy in giving his opinion about the current state of the gaming industry.

Last week, Pachter followed up on previous comments advising that Nintendo should exit the hardware business altogether, saying that Nintendo President Satoru Iwata should be out of a job, and described Wii U sales as “underwhelming.” As we wait for the official sales numbers for the newest consoles to be released by the NPD Group later this week, Pachter has peered into the tea leaves once more to offer up some predictions – predictions which will please those at Sony.

According to Games Industry, Pachter sent a note to investors stating that software sales for November would be down by 13 per cent due to slow sales for Battlefield 4 and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, both of which have apparently had “far weaker-than-expected debuts” (even if Ubisoft had already lowered its expectations).

These underwhelming numbers, along with the somewhat sluggish sales of Call of Duty: Ghosts, have previously been attributed to gamers holding off from buying last-gen versions of the games in order to get the Xbox One and PS4 versions instead.

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Pachter suggests that many gamers may have dedicated their dollars to buying new hardware, rather than software to play on it. His note also says that sales figures for Call of Duty: Ghosts may have been damaged by the game’s lukewarm critical reception, despite claims by other analysts that the franchise is “review-proof” and Activision’s confidence in the series’ unshakeable appeal.

As far as sales of the consoles go, Pachter estimates that the PlayStation 4 sold 1.25 million units in the US during November, compared to only 750,000 Xbox One units, though this discrepancy can partially be attributed to the Xbox One launching a week later than the PS4. He also predicts that sales of other consoles will have been strongly affected by the new console launches, with Wii U sales down 65 percent year-over-year, Xbox 360 sales down 44 percent and PS3 sales down 28 percent.

NPD is expected to announce the official November numbers on Tuesday, but for now, let us know your own predictions for which new console has fared best so far, and which new consoles (if any) you’ve bought this year.

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Source: Games Industry

TAGS: Assassin's Creed 4, Battlefield 4, Call of Duty Ghosts, Microsoft, PS4, Sony, Xbox One

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  1. I’d bet that the numbers are fairly close together overall. Both are good systems, but I an leaning towards the PS4, but I am biased.

    • Well it is only in the US and the xbox released in 9 more countries I bet the sales are extremely close

  2. PC is still better.

  3. I’m confused i thought there was a post claiming both consoles sold 1 million consoles in 24 hours – either way both consoles are good and like my friends I’ll get both. the exclusives are better on xbox one though :D

    • Definitely agree on the exclusives. So far, all the great series of PS are coming to Xbox too. Don’t see any point of getting a PS4 and I have a passionate hate for the PS controller.

      • lol what? exclusives have always been better one ps. no exclusives are going to xbox one either so im not sure where you heard that. launch exclusives have the upper hand but in a years time ps will be the best console for exclusives. infamous when it arrives will be the best console exclusive

        • What exclusives are confirmed coming to each next year?

          Is it inFAMOUS vs. Titanfall?

          • MLB the Show!

      • Totally agree, Xbox exclusives are far better, Xbox controller is far better and Xbox LIVE is far far better!

        • Fanboy alert.

      • where do you get your information?
        would like to see a link that says all past ps exclusives are coming to xbox.
        sorry…but, wont happen
        xbox will never get TLoU
        will never see any uncharted games
        or any ready at dawn games like the order 1886 or god of war
        no sucker punch games.
        but, if I wanna play any xbox games, I can play almost all of ‘em on my pc anyway’s. so, in reality….it’s xbox that’s not worth spending the money on.

  4. I think considering that both consoles, “sold out,” this means literally next to nothing.

    • Both consoles sold out? Lol there’s lots of Xbox ones on the shelves of my local game store

      • Some retailers such as Amazon sold out really early. Also, considering that PS4 released earlier they probably had more to sell than Microsoft. That being said I haven’t seen a single PS4 or Xbox One on any shelf where I live.

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