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The Xbox Series X, Holiday 2020

Discussion in 'Gaming' started by Sam Posten, Nov 20, 2013.

  1. Morgan Jolley

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    Sam - Switch has sold more units than Xbox so far and PS4 has more than doubled Xbox sales. That's immensely disappointing.

    The thing to remember is that this is only Microsoft's first-party games that are going to be cross-gen for a while. If, say, Ubisoft wants to make their new Assassin's Creed be next-gen only then there's nothing stopping them.
     
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    I’ve long said that installed base is helpful but not the most important thing. What’s PS2’s installed base compared to PS4 again???
     
  3. Morgan Jolley

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    PS2 sold 155 million units. PS4 is around 100-110 million (they hit 103 last October). They are the #1 and #2 best selling consoles of all time.

    When it comes to selling software, you want that install base because it's the potential customers. Launch games get a lot of sales from the fact that there's not much else available for people to buy with their shiny new boxes, but they are also bought exclusively by people who have the shiny new boxes. Making a game cross-gen means having tens of millions of potential customers in addition to the new ones buying up that shiny new box.

    You're right that installed base isn't that important, but what IS important is the attach rate (games sold for each console). But that's only important if there are enough consoles sold for the attach rate to translate to a large number of game sales. As of about a year ago, the PS4 attach rate was roughly 10 games per console (no data for Xbox).

    Sony may sell Spider-man to only 10% of PS4 owners, but that means over 10 million units. If Microsoft sells Halo to 10% of Xbox owners, that's only 4 million units. But if MS can get 10% of people who own an Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PC, or xCloud subscription to buy the next Halo then that means WAY more units being sold.

    (Note: Sony is supposedly implementing backward compatibility into PS5 going back to PS1 games, has PS Now on PC and mobile, and will likely have something else to balance out against what MS is doing. Should be a fun generation.)
     
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