In an interview with GamesTM, IDC Research Director for Gaming Lewis Ward predicted that PS4 Pro shipments will surpass those of the Xbox One X (XB1X).
When asked how well the XB1X would do in the coming year, Ward stated:
No, the XB1X won’t be enough for Microsoft to catch up. It should give PlayStation 4 Pro a run for its money in 2018 in the United States and the United Kingdom, however. I’m projecting about four million XB1X consoles shipped from Q4 2017 through the end of 2018, and about five million PlayStation 4 Pro consoles shipped in the same timeframe.
The way shipments break down globally, however, that implies a very tight race in the United States and the United Kingdom.
While Ward predicts the PS4 Pro will be more successful than the XB1X, four million units shipped wouldn’t be a flop for Microsoft. The gap in shipments between the two consoles would mimic sales from 2013 when the PS4 and Xbox One launched. A difference of one million units shipped separated the PS4 and Xbox One, with Sony’s console selling over 4 million while the Xbox One sold three million.
Ward also addressed the price of the XB1X. Just like in 2013 for the Xbox One, Microsoft once again tagged a hefty price of $499 to the XB1X. Ward claims that while some people might find $499 a bit pricey, the technology built into the XB1X justifies the price. With a processor cooling system utilizing liquid vapor chambers along with other hardware “suggesting a retail price of $600.” Ward believes the XB1X is “a great deal.”
The Xbox One X will be released November 7th. Have you preordered the Xbox One X? Will you be buying the PS4 Pro or the Xbox One X? Let us know in the comments below.