These strange, somewhat mystical beings say they have knowledge from a ‘higher power’. They use their special gifts to make outlandish claims and predictions. Sometimes they come true, often they don’t.
I’m of course talking about tech analysts – though I could just as easily be talking about weatherpersons I suppose. Just in from the world of bold predictions, Baird analyst Colin Sebastian says that the Xbox One will in fact have a 2-3x unit advantage at launch, compared to the PS4.
“Despite losing the headline battle at E3, Microsoft’s Xbox One appears to be regaining some momentum, in part due to the used and online policy tweaks,” claims Sebastian. “Importantly, our supply chain checks suggest Microsoft may have the benefit of a 2-3x unit advantage at launch compared to Sony’s PS4.”
In other words, introducing controversial DRM and then pulling a “just kidding guys, where aren’t doing that” has in fact worked wonders for Microsoft.
Of course Sebastian suggests both systems will face supply shortages at launch. No really? I mean consoles NEVER have that problem at launch right?
Sarcasm aside, I will be the first one to admit that pulling out the DRM and policy changes did certainly help build up momentum towards the Xbox One.
That said, I think he’s just blowing smoke when he thinks that the Xbox One will end up with a 2-3x unit advantage. Honestly, I’d wager that it is actually Sony that will end up with more fans/owners right at launch.
Either way, the next-gen war is just getting started. Even if Microsoft stumbled initially out of the gate, things can change quickly for either company.Which system are you interested in getting your hands on?
Not sure? Head over to our ‘brief’ PS4/Xbox One guide, where you’ll not only find our little article but also some excellent user comments discussing the matter.