With the PS4 now available in North America, and with the Xbox One's launch happening in a few days, Michael Pachter, US games analyst, believes that PS4 will beat the Xbox One in the next-gen console war. In addition, Pachter also talks about the Wii U, and states that Nintendo's home console is 'toast'.
According to the analyst, the PS4 will outsell the Xbox One, mainly because of the price gap between the consoles and because "gamers don't want Kinect." Patcher believes that the Xbox One's applications, such as Xbox's TV functionality, could turn the tide in Microsoft's favor, and added that if Microsoft changes the price of its console, then maybe PS4 and Xbox One will be 'neck and neck'.
When talking about sales numbers, Patcher expects that the PS4 will sell between 100 and 120 million units during its lifecycle, with the Xbox One selling between 90 and 110 million units, while Wii U will just sell around 30 million units. He believes that the Wii U is 'toast', and added "If you are a Nintendo fan bitching about my opinion on Wii U, stop, put your money where your mouth is and buy a Wii U."
Surprisingly, Patcher says that the next generation of consoles will be the last one and that the console market won't get any bigger. "The console installed base has peaked. Consoles may not be relevant in 10 years, we have expanded the market beyond the hardcore console owner. We now have ten times the audience over the internet, six times the audience over mobile," said Patcher.
The PS4 in now available in North America, and will be arriving in Europe on the 29th of November. The Xbox One is scheduled to release on the 22nd of November in 13 countries, arriving in the rest of the world in 2014.