Could you imagine back during E3 that the Xbox One could possibly match the PlayStation 4 in sales at release? The amount of anger and hatred aimed at Redmond was unprecedented and it looked like Microsoft were on the verge of leaving the console race in this generation.
Fast forward just one month and the extremely controversial DRM and always online requirements have been dropped and things are definitely turning around.
Not only has Microsoft confirmed that Gamestop has had to close pre-orders due to huge demand, but now according to an industry analyst Microsoft may be well placed to manufacture up to three times the amount of Xbox One’s as Sony can.
According to Colin Sebastian from Baird
“Despite losing the headline battle at E3, Microsoft’s Xbox One appears to be regaining some momentum, in part due to the used and online policy tweaks. Importantly, our supply chain checks suggest Microsoft may have the benefit of a 2-3x unit advantage at launch compared to Sony’s PS4”
He is also expecting both consoles to sell out this holiday season so once again it’s a good idea to pre-order if you want to have the PlayStation 4 before Christmas. Mind you, is there really a point?
I have to say that I am surprised that Microsoft appears to have a better supply chain setup seeing that Sony’s main business is electronics (main, not most profitable) while Microsoft is far more famous for software development and online services.
If Colin is right then I’d have to put it directly down to the poor financial state of Sony at the moment compared to the financial juggernaut that is Microsoft. With enough money and the right talent nothing can stand in the way.
Last Updated: July 24, 2013