Although Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox One has managed to outsell Sony’s PlayStation 4 in numerous countries in November, it will get massively harder for the system to compete against its arch-rival next year. The number of quality titles for PlayStation 4 will be considerably higher than the number of quality games for Xbox One console, according to an analyst.
There will be six big titles for PlayStation 4 next year, including The Order 1886, Bloodborne and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, according to Michael Pachter, an analyst with Wedbush Securities. Microsoft Xbox One’s lineup will include Halo 5: Guardians, Rise of the Tomb Raider and Fable Legends, but the number of AAA games for PS4 will be higher, believes Mr. Pachter.
“I think it’s the quantity of quality games,” said Mr. Pachter during an interview at GameTrailers, reports GamingBolt. “Normally, you expect kind of one game in the Spring, one or two in the Fall, but what do you have, six big titles, it’s probably doubled. I don’t know what Microsoft has planned but I will be willing to bet that it’s not this many.”
The analyst is surprised that Sony managed to persuade a lot of game developers to design exclusive games for PlayStation 4, something that greatly helps to make the platform more competitive.
“I am surprised because I really thought that manufacturers won’t take the risk of developing for one console and they are taking it,” said Mr. Pachter. “Scott Rohde [PlayStation software product development head for Sony Worldwide Studios America] has done a phenomenal job, you have done a phenomenal job.”
Next year Sony will likely cut price of PlayStation 4, which will improve its popularity. With six high quality titles the platform promises to be very successful.
“That is where Nintendo right now is suffering because they still don’t have the quantity of exclusives to drive their console and you guys have this plan,” said the analyst. “It’s peaking next year and that’s exactly where you want to be. It’s great and impressive.”
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KitGuru Says: It will be interesting to see what Microsoft plans to do in order to retain competitive positions of Xbox One. Perhaps, the company will have to make its recent holiday season price-cut permanent.