The victor in the silly next-gen “war” is far to early to call; The Xbox One is only available in 13 territories, and the PS4 has yet to be released in its native Japan. It’s expected though, that as per usual, Sony’s machine will clean up in Japan and Europe, with Microsoft’s console taking its own home crown in the North Americas. It appears – at a cursory glance – though, that Sony may have won gamers over, and currently enjoys a sales advantage.
According to market analysts Baird and Co (via VG247), who’ve rifled through GameStop sales date and then very probably jumped to conclusions, The PlayStation 4 has a slight sales advantage in the US, despite the system’s lack of general availability in the region.
“Sony’s PS4 clearly bounced back from our mixed early-2013 supply chain checks, and appears to have a slight momentum edge among core gamers, as demonstrated by premium prices on eBay and persistent out-of-stock reports at retail,” says Baird and Co analyst Colin Sebastian.
“A competitive ‘two horse’ console race would be positive for software publishers and retailers if Microsoft and Sony are forced to compete aggressively for market share,” says Sebastian.
In the end though, Sony doing incredibly well in the US is a good thing for gamers – because it will force Microsoft to up its game. I feel the company’s turned the tables and perhaps become a bit complacent when its come to Xbox of late, with little to no worthwhile exclusives, and leaving it up to third parties to sell its consoles for them. Microsoft making a bigger push would in turn make Sony work just that bit harder – and gamers on either side of the fence end up with better games, products and services. All of that means people spend more money on games, and everybody wins.