The PS5 is expected to sell significantly better than the Xbox Scarlett will do in 2020 – the two consoles will both sell better than the PS4 and Xbox One in 2013 respectively.
PS5: Next PlayStation Could Explode Xbox Sales
This is the prediction of an analyst from IHS Markit Technology . He also predicts that broad backward compatibility of games will strengthen player loyalty to Sony.
“I expect the PS5 to sell better than the Xbox Series X in 2020, but also that both platforms will sell more consoles than the PS4 and Xbox One did in 2013,” says Piers Harding-Rolls, analyst at IHS Markit Technology. The expert spoke about the major trends to come for the year 2020 in a year-end dossier published by Gamesindustry.
Broad backward compatibility would be a big blow for Sony
Obviously, it would be easy to stop there without explaining what makes him think that. According to him, this prediction is based on three elements: a price at the same level as the Xbox Scarlett, loyalty to Sony boosted by extensive backward compatibility , and the attractiveness of renewal. “One of the new factors for this generation to come is the impact of backward compatibility on brand loyalty and the transition of users.”
And to add that “the result will be less transition from one brand to another” . He also believes that in both cases, we will have similar prices, while considering likely that this price will be higher than the pricing of 399 dollars for the PS4 at its launch.
From there, he said there are two possibilities: “a high price could encourage Microsoft to follow with a segmented release into two products and the launch of a cheaper and less powerful version of its next generation of platform in the window launch “.
He is nevertheless more in favor of a price in both reasonable cases: “if Sony adopted this strategy [a price too high, note], this would give Microsoft more flexibility to go on the market, even if that would also mean adding complexity in marketing and consumer education. ”
And to conclude: “personally, I would wait before putting a cheaper version on the market”. The PS5 and Xbox Scarlett releases are expected to take place during the months of November and December 2020 according to the latest rumors. What do you think of these predictions? Does it seem fair to you? Share your opinion in the comments.