Industry analysts remain divided as to whether or not sales of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will be impeded by the release of Grand Theft Auto V.
Jesse Divnich, analyst with EEDAR, told Game Informer, “PlayStation 4 and Xbox One continue to stay at the top of the charts on Amazon.com. Consumers are clearly excited for the next generation of consoles to launch. I don’t foresee one current generation game, no matter how large it is, impacting the start of the next generation of consoles.”
On the flip side, Lewis Ward of International Data Corporation reckons gamers are happy to stick by the current crop of home consoles for at least another year or so.
Said Lewis: “A lot of gamers are going to stick by their Xbox 360s, Wii/Wii Us, and PS3s at least until the 2014 holiday season, when the game catalog will be a lot bigger and some of the online kinks will have been worked out. That also means that games like GTA V should have plenty of runway to sell well in the meantime, as long as they deliver the goods.”
Fellow analyst Billy Pidgeon also concurs, stating, “I’d expect the game to have a positive influence on [current-gen] hardware sales, particularly when bundled with hardware by retailers. If there are concurrent price drops for Xbox 360 and PS3, that positive effect will be even stronger.”
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