Does Xbox One Have Any Chance of Catching PlayStation 4?

PS4 vs. Xbox One might end up being a decidedly lopsided affair.

PS4 vs. Xbox One might end up being a decidedly lopsided affair.

PlayStation 4 vs. Xbox One is a continuing topic among gamers, partly because few expected Sony’s PS4 to enjoy such a significant sales gap at any point during the generation. Well, perhaps not in North America, at any rate. Microsoft’s Xbox 360 dominated the U.S. market for most of the previous generation and we all remember the problems Sony faced with PlayStation 3 early on. Of course, PS3 eventually caught the 360 in the worldwide tally but even then, it still wasn’t close in the U.S.

And yet, not only is PS4 beating the tar out of Xbox One in just about every region around the globe, it’s even winning routinely in the all-important North American region. Just about every month in 2015, PS4 has managed to top the Xbox One and that’s no mean feat. Perhaps most noteworthy is the fact that despite Xbox One’s permanently cheaper price, the system still can’t outsell the competition. If a price drop can’t do it, what will? Well, how’s about some high-profile AAA exclusives?

For some reason, $350 doesn't appear to be more attractive to gamers than $400.

For some reason, $350 doesn’t appear to be more attractive to gamers than $400.

Yes, Xbox One has a decent chance of closing the sales gap this holiday season, as Microsoft’s console will see the likes of Halo 5: GuardiansForza 6 and Rise of the Tomb Raider. After Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End got pushed into 2016, PS4 found itself without a major exclusive and unfortunately, their holiday lineup is lacking. Hell, Sony themselves admitted it and we all know it’s true. However, let’s just say this: If Xbox One still can’t outsell PS4 in the U.S. – or any other significant region – during the holiday push, even with an obviously superior exclusive lineup and a lower price tag, it’s over.

It’s difficult to conceive of a situation in which Xbox One could catch PS4 if this happens. What will it take? Has the gaming community simply embraced PS4 as the better console? Have we truly revisited, at least in some fashion, the glory days of the PS2, when Xbox and GameCube had no hope of competing? Are we really in a generation where Sony can do no wrong and PS4 can already be declared the outright winner? That doesn’t seem possible, does it? If it isn’t, what will have to happen for Sony to slip and Microsoft to take advantage of that slip?

Oh, and let’s not forget that 2016 is shaping up awfully nicely for PS4, what with Uncharted 4Horizon: Zero Dawn, and potentially other exclusives like Gran Turismo 7 leading the way. If Xbox One is going to make its move, it has to be now.

6 thoughts on “Does Xbox One Have Any Chance of Catching PlayStation 4?”

No chance at all. I still can’t be sure how it happened exactly but I DO know that PS4 is out in front to stay. Even those Xbox One exclusives won’t help.

Oh, they’ll help. Just not enough. 😉

I think PlayStation 4 is where it is because Sony finally did a decent job of making a console BOTH developers and gamers want. Then they did a decent job of telling everyone about it, which they haven’t done well in the past.

Microsoft shot themselves in the foot right out of the gate and I knew then it’d be really hard for them to recover.

No hope whatsoever. But it’s more because Microsoft dropped the ball out of the gate than Sony being so great.

But as time goes on, that becomes less and less true. Not everyone is slaves to what happened in the past, least of all consumers. They’re crazy fickle. I wouldn’t be surprised if most gamers have already forgotten everything Microsoft messed up back in 2013.

LOL no.

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