EA had a lot to say during their financial call last night when it came to next-gen. These include some very lofty expectations of both next-gen consoles from Sony and Microsoft. There’s no hiding the fact that the PS4 and Xbox One are going to be extremely hot items this Holiday season, but just how much are they going to sell? Well EA has a rough estimate.
COO Peter Moore answered that question saying they expect both PS4 and Xbox One to sell a combined 10 million units by the end of the Fiscal Year (March 31, 2014). “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.
“Both Sony and Microsoft are proposing that this could be their best launches ever as regards their production numbers and their ability to globalise this business quickly. So we feel bullish about our ability of having five truly next-gen titles available for that.”
Sony has been the only one of the two to announce their goals and pre-order numbers. At Tokyo Game Show they revealed that they expected to sell 5 million PS4s by the end of the fiscal year. At Gamescom, they revealed that 1 million PS4s had been pre-ordered, a number that has more than likely climbed since then. Microsoft has not revealed any numbers.
PS4 is out November 15 in North America and November 29 in Europe in 32 countries. Xbox One is out November 22 worldwide in 13 countries.