The Three Ways Forward For Microsoft And The Xbox One
My colleague Mark Rogowsky recently published a piece that contained a rather worrying chart, which showed the growing disparity between PS4 and Xbox One sales. Though the gap was a million consoles a few months ago in favor of Sony , now the gulf has widened, with Microsoft MSFT +0.03% more or less refusing to publish actual sales, giving only a units shipped number that forces everyone to compare apples to oranges.
Sony is bursting with pride, announcing that 7 million PS4s have been sold to consumers, while Microsoft seems reluctant to admit that “just” 5 million Xbox One have been shipped to stores, which means total sales are even lower. As seen by the chart, the gulf is widening, and the fact that Microsoft is destroying 360 sales at the same point in time doesn’t seem to matter.
So, what to do?
introducing a smaller, disk-less version of the Xbox One this fall sounds pretty good to me… but at the end of the day, they really need to get the price down so it’s at least the same price as the PS4. period.
they were taking a gamble, and it’s not paying off as far as sales numbers go… seems pretty damn obvious why to me… hell, i know i struggled with paying an extra $100 for the damn kinect, but ended up biting the bullet and going with it anyways.
after using it for a few months, i think it’s a bit gimmicky and not really worth the extra money.