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DFC Intelligence: PlayStation To Remain Market Leader In The Next Generation

The game industry analyst firm believes that the next PlayStation will help Sony keep being the market leader.

This is the same DFC Intelligence that said that one or both next-gen consoles could be delayed due to the coronavirus. „In this battle of the engineers, Microsoft arguably came out on top. However, long-term DFC still believes the PlayStation 5 will be the best-selling system. Both Sony and Microsoft have the luxury of knowing that initial demand for their systems will outstrip supply. DFC is currently forecasting that due to coronavirus both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X will ship in very limited quantities in 2020. There is the possibility they could be delayed into 2021.

Nevertheless, the initial launch is key to determining the long-term reputation for a hardware system. The Xbox One had a strong launch due to its core base, but even on launch date, the PlayStation 4 was widely perceived as the better product. Right now, Sony and Microsoft are being abundantly cautious. Microsoft has had limited success marketing to a wider audience, so they are determined to focus on the core tech base and some key brands. Sony’s mass-market penetration and perception are far less than it was in the heyday of the PlayStation 2. However, they have a key advantage in software, consumer recognition and global distribution. For the next few years, this advantage will probably be insurmountable for Microsoft and Xbox Series X.

Several months before the launch of the PlayStation 3, DFC Intelligence wrote an article entitled “Could Sony Go from 1st to Worst?” This was a highly controversial position given the success of the PlayStation 2. However, the analysis proved accurate. Right now, DFC does not anticipate “First to Worst Part 2.” However, we do think Microsoft will start to chip into the PlayStation 4 market share. However, much of this will depend on the strength of the offerings from Microsoft’s newly acquired studios,” they wrote.

Alexander Battaglia from DigitalFoundry wrote on the ResetEra forums. He said that the SSD will not be significantly changing the open-world games: „I typed this elsewhere, but people saying things about the SSD enabling entirely different looking open-world games does not make much sense based upon what we know about open-world development. All data pulled from SSD would be static data, completely unmutable. That would mean perfectly predesigned level data and arrangements, which is the exact opposite methodology of how modern open-world games increase their detail and variety — which is in fact through a procedural method not living on the disk… Procedural methods exist to increase the efficiency of artists and diversity of the game world and even increase detail beyond static draws.”

He also said how the GPU will be better in the Xbox Series X than in the PlayStation 5: „This won’t happen unless the Xbox Series X is targeting unattainably higher settings and resolution or a developer messed up. Xbox Series X GPU is just better, full stop. Just like this gen with PS4 Pro and Xbox One X. If a game is performing worse on Xbox One X, I think a developer has all the wrong prioritize or some software problem they need to work around. Also, I just want to shut down any discussion of ‘brute forcing’ regarding any hardware. Sometimes things are just better. Like the RTX 2080 is better than the 2060S.”

Both the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X are set to arrive this Holiday season.

Source: WCCFTech, WCCFTech

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