Console Launch Rumors: 10M PS4s, 7-9M XbonesBy: Sean Patterson - August 14, 2013
It’s now less than three months until November, the month Microsoft has tied to the launch of its next-generation console, the Xbox One. Rumors have even begun to surface this week that Sony may launch its PlayStation 4 even earlier. The excitement surrounding the new consoles is extreme, and it appears this fall will see two of the biggest console releases in history.
Taiwanese publication DigiTimes today reported that demand for both the PS4 and the Xbox One are holding steady, despite launch-day console pre-orders being sold out. The reports unnamed sources from component manufacturers are cited as stating both Microsoft and Sony have ordered more components for manufacture in September and October. More orders for November and December are expected, based on significant pre-order numbers. Orders for next year are expected to stay high next year as well, as the console makers expand their launches to more countries.
The sources went on to provide estimates for launch console numbers that seem almost unbelievable. The estimates place PlayStation 4 launch console units at 10 million, and Xbox One launch console units at 7 to 9 million. If accurate, these numbers would mean both Sony and Microsoft will sell more consoles in one day this fall than Nintendo has sold of its slow-selling Wii U console in an entire year.
A survey last month put the demand for the PlayStation 4 ahead of the Xbox One. The survey was of gamers in both the U.S. and Europe, with the demand in the U.S. shown to be slightly closer between the consoles.