Ampere Analysis’ Piers Harding-Rolls has predicted that PS5 is set to outsell the Xbox Series X/S by as much as 2:1 this year, with Sony’s latest home console expected to move around 18 million units.
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By comparison, Microsoft’s family of consoles, which covers the X and S versions of the latest Xbox hardware, is forecast to move around nine million units. The Nintendo Switch however is expected to beat both systems, with the hybrid platform predicted to sell 21 million units.
It looks like the availability of PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series consoles is going to improve slowly over the year and our expectation is that Sony will outsell Microsoft two-to-one. But actually the biggest selling console in the market is going to be Nintendo Switch at 21 million units, and that will be driven by demand for the new Nintendo Switch OLED.
However, he predicts that the biggest selling console in the market is going to be Nintendo Switch at 21 million units, while the PS5 will sell at 18 million, and Xbox Series consoles will sell at 9 million. The analyst says that this is driven by demand by the new Nintendo Switch OLED which launched last year.
Additionally, Harding-Rolls said that game subscription services are set to grow by 27% across North America and Europe this year. The services that offer download distribution are “going to be the main part of the market”, and will “generate the most growth.” On the other hand, services that supply streaming-only are going to be worth 6% of that market.
In other news, Microsoft recently announced that it would be buying Activision Blizzard–pending regulatory approval–for nearly $70 billion. This brought up discussions on whether Call Of Duty titles will become exclusive to Xbox consoles and PC, but Phil Spencer has said they will still release on PlayStation, saying Microsoft intends to “honor all existing agreements upon acquisition of Activision Blizzard and our desire to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation.”