The next generation of consoles is nearly upon us. Sony’s already played its hand, giving us a glimpse of the future with its PlayStation 4. Microsoft may be set to up the ante when it shows us its next Xbox, possibly as early as next month – kicking off the next round of console wars. Who will “win?”
Speaking at SXSW this weekend, industry analyst Michael Pachter has put his money on Microsoft.
“Microsoft wins the next generation. The TV tuner and Skype are killer apps,” predicted Pachter, rubbing his crystal balls.
Neither of those features are confirmed for Microsoft’s nextbox, but it’s highly likely they’ll appear. That doesn’t mean that Pachter believes Sony will lose outright, though he does believes that the PlayStation’s still playing catch-up.
“Sony thrives in the next generation. Still playing catch-up, but Gaikai and content are huge advantages,” he said.
As for Nintendo? He doesn’t think Nintendo’s current dominance will be quite as pronounced – as its ailing Wii U already demonstrates.
“Nintendo software still king but console hardware sales will be challenged. Handheld hardware sales will lose share to smartphones and tablets.”
Personally? I don’t really care for a TV tuner or Skype in my consoles; call me weird, but when it comes to gaming consoles, I’m most concerned about, well, games.