A month ago, Microsoft finally released its most anticipated gaming console – Xbox One X. Codenamed “Project Scorpio”, Xbox One X is the high-end version of the Xbox One and also smaller in form factor compared to Xbox One.
The console comes with 2.3 GHz Octa-Core CPU and a Radeon GPU which generates 6 teraflops of graphical computing along with 12 GB of DDR5 RAM. The upgraded hardware of the Xbox One X helps in improving the performance of the existing games, rendering games at 4K resolution, etc.
The main question that arises is that can this all specs and good performance is enough to outsell the Playstations? Well, according to Lewis Ward, Research Director as International Data Corporation(IDC), Microsoft has already lost to Sony this generation.
The reason is same that stops users from buying the Xbox – lack of exclusive titles. As of December 2017, Sony sold 70 million of their PS4s worldwide whereas Microsoft sold around 30 to 33 million units of Xbox One which is less than half of what Sony sold.
Buyers often end up buying Playstations as the game selection is more and also most of their friends would be into Playstation ecosystem rather than Xbox. Xbox does have some awesome exclusives like the Halo series and Forza series but apparently, it’s not enough to compete with the likings of PlayStation.
Lewis Ward said,“Yes, they don’t have much of a choice. I think the exclusive lineup is respectable, at least as far as we can see it into 2018,” he said. “I’m sure there’ll be some massive Halo title coming to Xbox One in 2018. As far as the broader eighth gen war is concerned, it’s already been lost to Sony. Microsoft will not catch Sony this generation.”
He also supports and wants Microsoft to improve the Windows 10 based gaming ecosystem like the Xbox Play Anywhere. He says, “The goal now is to make the Windows 10-based gaming ecosystem as large and as profitable as possible. Microsoft’s bigger game is to unify in some important ways their PC and console business on a Win10 platform on the terminal side and on the server side with Azure. They view PCs as a growth opportunity from a gaming angle as well, and that’s very different from Sony, which has more or less gotten out of the PC market.”
Adding to it he said, “A nearer-term race to watch between Sony and Microsoft is whether or not Xbox One X will outsell PS4 Pro in the US in 2018. This could happen and would be a significant step forward for Microsoft as the latter half of the eighth gen race begins.”
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