IDC Analyst: Xbox One Has Lost The Console War Against PS4

Lewis Ward says Microsoft will focus on Windows 10.

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The race for hardware sales in this generation of consoles shows the broad advantage that PlayStation 4 has, a console that recently reached 70.6 million units sold. Then comes the Microsoft console, Xbox One, which has not offered full data about the sales of its family of systems for a long time and that will hardly reach the Sony console. It is based on this that Lewis Ward, an analyst at IDC, considered that Xbox has already lost this generation of consoles.

Lewis Ward, an analyst at the IDC firm, revealed to GamingBolt his opinion on the sales of consoles in the current generation and the possibilities that Xbox One has to compete against the dominance of PS4.

In that sense, Ward considered that while the Xbox One offers in terms of games for next year is interesting and Xbox One X has had a favorable response in the market, the Microsoft console will not be able to reach PS4: “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. 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.”

On the other hand, Ward believes that in the face of the unfavorable scenario they face in terms of consoles, Microsoft will focus on the development of Windows 10 as a platform and gaming environment: “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.”

Finally, Ward said that in this generation of consoles it only remains to see the sales performance of the improved hardware offer of Sony and Microsoft and that, in this area, it could be a setback by Xbox One X beating PS4 Pro, that would give Xbox an important boost but little significance in general terms.


  • Opinions are like eyeballs.. everyone has at least one. Microsoft has more money than Sony, who cares play your games and stop comparing these consoles anymore. Switch is trash, Pro is a waste of cash and Xbox one X is the best console on the market. That’s it that’s all.

  • Microsoft has never even come remotely close to challenging Sony in consoles.

    Long story short: Nintendo and Sony are global with consoles and Microsoft does well regionally in the West with consoles.

    This is nothing new.

  • “Long story short: Nintendo and Sony are global with consoles”
    no, Nintendo doesn’t even come close to Sony in Europe, the only place where Nintendo beats Sony is in Japan, Sony beats both Xbox and Nintendo in Europe and Xbox in Japan, US is the only territory where all 3 PlayStation, Xbox and Switch compete equally, but overall, PlayStation is the only brand that has a large appeal worldwide

  • MS has the most money but isn’t exactly using it to support their Xbox division now is it?

    You start of good tho, sorta, with the opinions thing and that we should play games and not compare consoles, then oddly you’re comparing consoles with telling us the Switch is trash, the Pro is a waste of money and the One X is the best console. That’s weird af!

    Anyhoo, that’s of course your opinion, I think the One X is a waste of money to most people out there since they don’t have a 4k TV or can’t see the difference between the Pro, One S and One X anyways. If those people want an Xbox they should buy the One S, not the One X….

    And as for the Pro, well, I sure as heck didn’t waste my money on it! Unless you consider using a device many hours a day a waste of money….

  • Never once said that Nintendo matches against Sony as far as volume. Work on that reading comprehension

  • Yep, since the month they both launched over 4 years ago. It would be different if one launched a year before the other but they launched within 1 week of each other depending on what side of the world you are on.
    Even before the end of 2014, PS4 had 100 more games over Xbone. In the last 3 years that gap has increased to PS4 having around 1900 games and Xbone at around 1300 right now. That gap is just going to increase further for the rest of this gen and beyond.

  • you have to be clear with your wording, you weren’t, the fact is that the only “global” console is the console that can sell the casual games like Fifa, mid casual games like Witcher 3 and the core games like Persona 5, Nioh, Yakuza at the SAME time, and Switch even if it has it, it can’t sell Fita, and it can’t sell Witcher 3, and guess what? it also can’t sell Persona 5, you know what can Switch sell? cute little indies for the “on the go” argument Nintendo fans like to make and it can also of course sell… games made by Nintendo, that’s it, nobody is buying a Switch to play Cyberpunk 2077, nobody is buying a Switch to play the next Rocksteady or FromSoftware game, but you know what they’re buying to play those games? a PlayStation, an Xbox or a PC, and judging by game sales, a PlayStation mostly, and that’s a global brand,

    fun fact, in Europe there is no Nintendo, Xbox, or console in the casual’s language, in Europe, when you want to say a “gaming console”, you just say PlayStation, for example: football managers saying “ahh the players are playing too much PlayStation”, they don’t even say the game, Fifa, or a console /Xbox, or a PC, they say in general, they play to much PlayStation, that’s crazy, that’s why Sony did: PS1: 100M+, PS2: 155M+, PS3: 90M+, PS4: 70M+(easy 100M+ lifetime), that’s global, compared to Nintendo’s usual under 50m, or Microsoft’s usual under 50m, 360 being the only exception mainly because of 1 year jumpstart on PS3,bad decisions with the PS3 and high failure rate which caused a lot of 360 owners to buy multiple consoles

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