Xbox One, PS4 won't sell as well as predecessors, says research firm

Matt Liebl, GameZone
Xbox One and PS4
Xbox One and PS4

Despite the fact that the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 have begun selling out at various retailers, indicating consumers' excitement over the next-gen, a research firm believes neither will match the sales success of their predecessors.

ABI Resarch expects combined Xbox One, PS4, and Wii U unit sales to reach 133 million within the first five years of launch -- down 5% from the 140 million unit sales for previous console editions.
"Without solid titles and first-party franchises, platforms will have a difficult time finding traction.

Streaming media is not enough when low-cost STBs are readily available," said Sam Rosen, practice director with ABI. "While we don't anticipate a drop-off in game console households, barring significant changes to less developed console markets in Asia and Latin America there isn't a great deal of growth opportunity beyond the current installed base."

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