The next-gen console wars are on and GameTrailer’s latest episode of Bonus Round brought up some thought-provoking revelations. Michael Pachter, Senior Analyst Wedbush Securites discussed some shocking estimations of the 2014 production plans of Sony and Microsoft.
“Sony’s 4.2 million through December 31st, they didn’t start manufacturing til September 1st. You know that. I mean we would have seen picture of the assembly. They manufactured 1.4 million a month? And you cannot commit manufacturing capacity for less than a year, so their manufacturing plan is 16 or 17 million PS4. That’s Shocking.
Microsoft is making a million a month, by the same logic, and their manufacturing plan is twelve (million). So the Microsoft guys actually didn’t believe Sony’s numbers. They didn’t know they were making that many and that’s part of your lack of supply constraint.
I’m amazed by how ambitious Sony is being with this launch, and impressed that they’re executing it. So Sony fully intends to kick Microsoft’s b*tt next year. But the good news is, add those two numbers together… 28 million consoles next year? Is that even possible? That’s Shocking! I mean these guys sold 22 million in a peak year in the past, so these guys are thinking big, big, big, that will attract more software, really good for consumers.
I think this is the best time to be a gamer ever, except for maybe this week, ’cause there’s not very many games, but in another two months we’re gonna get some pretty good games.”
Assuming that Sony may have higher production power than Microsoft can be difficult at first as PS4 is being more out of stock than Xbox One. But then don’t forget to consider one vital factor that Sony’s PlayStation 4 is being supplied to 53 countries at the moment compared to 13 countries distribution network of Xbox One.
But what we definitely agree, assuming Pachter’s calculation is correct, that with ‘28 million’ next-gen consoles army marching towards the market in 2014 and with more and more games being made to support them, this is the best era to be a ‘console gamer’. Yes or No? Let us know your thoughts below.