Analyst Predicts A Clear Winner Between PS5 And Xbox Series X
Halo Infinite Credit: Microsoft Things seem to be moving ahead with the PS5 and Xbox Series X, even as the rest of the economy reels from the impact of coronavirus and the efforts to contain it. Last week we heard from Sony for the first time in months, albeit in a tech-heavy presentation that went…
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Things seem to be moving ahead with the PS5 and Xbox Series X, even as the rest of the economy reels from the impact of coronavirus and the efforts to contain it. Last week we heard from Sony for the first time in months, albeit in a tech-heavy presentation that went over most consumers’ heads. And that means we know have specs from both machines, allowing for a more direct comparison than we’ve ever had before. And one analyst is feeling confident that one of these machines will come out on top.
A note from DFC Intelligence gives the technical edge to Xbox Series X, at least from a consumer-facing perspective. Game developers are talking up how the PS5’s super-fast SSD could ultimately be more important when it comes to how tech actually impacts game development, but Microsoft was able to define the conversation early with the teraflops measure, and in that department Series X beats PS5 12.15 to 10.29.
The analyst does not predict that this edge will tip the scales, however. Sony is coming into the generation with a sizable market lead from the PS4’s dominance, and it seems likely to maintain that position. Microsoft should be able to increase its share with a much stronger start than it had with the Xbox One, however:
“Sony’s mass market penetration and perception is far less than it was in the heyday of the PlayStation 2. However, they have a key advantage in software, consumer recognition and global distribution. For the next few years, this advantage will probably be insurmountable for Microsoft and Xbox Series X.
Several months before the launch of the PlayStation 3, DFC Intelligence wrote an article entitled “Could Sony Go from 1st to Worst?” This was a highly controversial position given the success of the PlayStation 2. However, the analysis proved accurate.
Right now, DFC does not anticipate “First to Worst Part 2.” However, we do think Microsoft will start to chip into the PlayStation 4 market share. However, much of this will depend on the strength of the offerings from Microsoft’s newly acquired studios.”
I tend to agree: Microsoft has already rolled out the Series X much better than it did the Xbox One, and should have an easier time of it than it did last generation launch. But the company’s gaming ambitions are widening past consoles to an ecosystem that contains streaming, PC and the Series X, and it’s doing that for a reason. Sony’s lead in the traditional console space is just too strong right now, and it’s hard to imagine another machine eclipsing it entirely outside unusual circumstances.