PS4 vs Xbox One - Can Sony Outpace Microsoft in the States?
I think it's entirely possible for Sony to gain an upper hand. Sony does have a lower price, a strong launch line-up, and the blessing of the hardcore gamer. However, I'm skeptical of the PS4's ability to overtake the mind share next generation. The dedication of people to their group of friends may prove hard to overcome. Groups of friends tend to have the same consoles so they can play games online together. This means that people who own an Xbox have probably convinced their friends to buy one as well. It might be easy to convert one person away from their console of choice, but converting a group of friends is an entirely different ordeal. Xbox players will move to the next console, bringing their friends with them, and gaining access to more features they may be interested in. Unless Sony can win over Xbox gamers with comparable or better casual offerings it might be hard to convince people to abandon their friends on Xbox Live.
If anything we will see an almost 50/50 split this holiday season. I can't see one console selling more then the other, despite Sony's lower price point. If Sony wants to gain the upper hand they need to continue on the path they set out on last E3. Continue to go after the hardcore gamer, continue to offer the casual stuff, and do everything in your power to beat the competition. Sony might not be able to take Microsoft this holiday season, but I believe that if they can continue on their current path, they can one day overtake them in the United States.
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