For gamers there is going to be a war of sorts being waged this holiday season as both Sony and Microsoft will be launching their respective new consoles in November. The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are looking to completely take over the market in November, with both consoles having pre-orders sold out in most retailers already, showing a promising sign for the systems, even if on the software side both have rather weak line-ups.
Market research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) has made a bold prediction that due to the PS4’s lower price point and a number of “other factors” will lead to it outselling the competition this holiday season, although it will be interesting to watch this go down. As I said before, both have “sold out” of pre-orders and if you check on Amazon, Amazon doesn’t have additional Xbox One consoles available until December 31st, which seems like an awful move on Microsoft’s part if true. Playing the supply and demand game seems to be on both Sony and Microsoft’s agenda, even though there are persistent rumors that Sony will ship more PS4’s than there are pre-orders to be able to sell more systems to customers who didn’t get in on pre-orders.
It will be interesting to watch as the coming months approach to see which console is the favored one, but it is clear that home consoles aren’t going anywhere for now.