Combined sales of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are expected to hit 10 million by March 2014, Electronic Arts has said.
Peter Moore, EA’s Chief Operating Officer, alleges that both Sony and Microsoft are “proposing that this could be their best launches ever as regards their production numbers and their ability to globalize this business quickly.”
"When I talked to our friends at both Sony and Microsoft, and I’m trying to get some indications in the numbers that are going to be available for sale by the end of our fiscal year on March 31 and I aggregate them, I think I can squint and see 10 million units combined, very easily," said Moore, during the publishing powerhouse’s latest financial call (via SeekingAlpha).
"Both Sony and Microsoft are proposing that this could be their best launches ever as regards their production numbers and their ability to globalize this business quickly. So we feel bullish about our ability, to Blake [Jorgensen, EA CFO]’s point, of having 5 truly next-gen titles available for that."
Furthermore, the executive said that it does not “see any indication” why its software attachment rate this generation would be any lower than that of the previous cycle, which sits at around three titles for each console unit sold.
"I think overall, we feel very bullish," Moore added. "We’ve got the right product at the right time. We have not had some of the problems some of our fellow publishers in the industry have been getting. Our quality title’s ready for next-gen. We feel, as we’ve said on previous earning calls, we’re well ahead of this transition and we’re going to nail it.
"So all in all, again, early days with either of them, both to launch yet, but feeling good about product quality from their end, production quality from their end, franchise quality from our end and our ability to attach strongly to the boxes by the end of the fiscal year."
PS4 is scheduled to ship in the U.S. on November 15 and in the U.K. and Europe on November 29. Xbox One is due out in both territories on November 22.
EA recently confirmed that the release of Titanfall will remain exclusive to Xbox 360 and Xbox One indefinitely. However, developer Respawn said it will still make games for the PS4, hinting that the sequel could turn up on Sony’s console.