PS4 More Popular With "Core Gamers," Says Analyst

PS4 More Popular With "Core Gamers," Says Analyst

PS4 vs. Xbox One

Baird Equity Research's Colin Sebastian says that the PS4 currently has a "slight momentum edge among core gamers."

There should be little question at this point as to whether the PS4 and Xbox One are doing well. Microsoft just reported, for instance, that the Xbox One sold more than 3 million units in 2013. The PS4, likewise, managed to sell 1 million units on its first day and continued to disappear from store shelves throughout the holiday season. Despite the healthy sales of both machines however, industry analysts seem to be giving the PlayStation 4 a bit of an edge over its competitor.

Adding another voice to that rising chorus is Baird Equity Research's Colin Sebastian. Commenting on the race between the new consoles, he said that the PS4 seems to be doing better among dedicated gamers. "[The PS4] appears to have a slight momentum edge among core gamers, as demonstrated by premium prices paid on eBay and persistent out-of-stock reports from our retail checks" That being the case, he noted that the Xbox One is also selling in droves, especially "among mass market/big box retailers." He attributes the Xbox One's success to "its positioning as a living room entertainment hub."

Sebastian's statements also noted that the PS4's position is markedly better than he had predicted last year when he posited that the Xbox One could potentially leverage Microsoft's superior supply chain to outship the PS4 as heavily as 3-to-1. Of course, we'll have to wait for Sony to release official sales figures to find out exactly how well the PS4 has been doing, but current opinions seem to be siding more and more with Sony's new console.

Source: GamesIndustry International

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Are they more popular with core "Games" or "Gamers" ? I think you have a typo in the title.

StewShearer:
Of course, we'll have to wait for Sony to release official sales figures to find out exactly how well the PS4 has been doing, but current opinions seem to be siding more and more with Sony's new console.

1. Units shipped means nothing. It relaly doesn't. Wii shipped more than x360 or PS3, and the PS3 had an absolutely abysmal launch due to its price.

2. As useless as 'omg one console is outselling the other!' discussions are (let alone this early) Most sites I've seen put them around the same by end of December.

Itsthefuzz:
Are they more popular with core "Games" or "Gamers" ? I think you have a typo in the title.

Sigh... there goes my no typos in 2014 New Year's resolution. Thanks for catching that and fixed!

StewShearer:

Itsthefuzz:
Are they more popular with core "Games" or "Gamers" ? I think you have a typo in the title.

Sigh... there goes my no typos in 2014 New Year's resolution. Thanks for catching that and fixed!

Sorry for being the bearer of bad news! There's always next year.

It should be mentioned that "core gamers" is a pretty small group compared to mass market.

I think a large part of that has to do with the two companies' marketing campaigns. Sony presented their console as a gaming machine first and foremost. Something that gamers wanted. They showed games and more games for the system. Mircosoft...didn't. They kept selling their system as an entertainment system, something the whole family could enjoy, and barely showed any actual games for the system. Thus, gamers go with the one that looks like it actually focuses on them and their desires.

 

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