Michael Pachter: Exclusives For The PS4 and Xbox One Don’t Matter Anymore



The PS4 has been doing extremely well when it comes to sales, all around the world! With more than 70 million consoles sold worldwide, the console has been dominating markets with it’s stellar exclusive lineup that is only getting better in 2018. God of War, Detroit: Become Human, Spiderman and Days Gone are all coming to the PS4 next year along with many more. The library is only second to the Nintendo Switch which got a massive boost in sales due to the likes of Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey.

The question that a lot of people have been asking Microsoft now is that what does Xbox have in store for them?  With only a handful of AAA exclusives (which will also be available on PC through Xbox Play Anywhere) like Sea of Thieves, State of Decay and Crackdown 3, is it possible for the Xbox One to compete with the PS4 and Nintendo Switch? Longtime industry analyst Michael Pachter commented on the situation while talked with GamingBolt and he said that exclusives aren’t too important at this stage.

“I think this late in the console cycle, I mean, the consoles launched in 2013, who doesn’t own one of them yet? Sony is something like 70 million, and Microsoft is 35 million, so I guess they are two thirds of the way through. The only people who haven’t bought a console yet who will buy one are working people, or very young kid whose parents will get one for them. And, I guess, exclusives will bring some people back in who haven’t played Mario in a while, to the Switch, which is still new. But not something like Halo 6 – if you like Halo, you got an Xbox One for Halo 5. 

Halo 6 will definitely sell a lot to its fan base who already own an Xbox One, but it’s not gonna drive new hardware sales, it’s very different this late in the console cycle. So the reason I think the Switch is so popular is that they launched two giant games with Zelda and Mario, plus two really good games with Mario Kart and Splatoon. And that’s enough for Nintendo fans to say ‘I have to have this device,’ which is why the Switch is sold out…”

Pachter emphasizes that most people who wanted a console solely for the exclusives already got one and now each console’s respective ability to outperform the other in third-party titles is what’s going to count. He states that albeit the Nintendo Switch had an amazing start with Zelda and Mario, those two franchises aren’t both going to come out in the same year continuously.

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