PS5 will crush Xbox Series X and S in sales — here’s why

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The PS5 will still beat both new Xbox consoles combined when it comes to sales, according to one analyst's predictions.

Piers Harding-Rolls of Ampere Analysis claims that by the end of the year, the PS5 will have sold 5 million units, while the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S will only have sold a combined 3.9 million.

This trend continues into the future, with Xbox sales remaining fairly steady but PS5 sales accelerating a little. By 2024, the latest point on the graph, the analyst predicts that 67.3 million PS5 will be sold sold compared to 44.3 million next-gen Xbox consoles.

But why would this be the case? After all, we've learned earlier this week that the Xbox Series X will cost $499/£449, while the Xbox Series S will start at just $299/£249. The PS5 on the other hand is expected to cost somewhere between $500 and $600, although the download-only PS5 Digital Edition will likely cost a little less.

The analysis also heaps praise on Xbox's new multi-tier strategy, selling two console options instead of just one. Harding-Rolls also says the Xbox Game Pass and Xbox All Access subscription services will be crucial, allowing players access to huge amounts of games, or even a console itself, without having to pay up-front. While PlayStation offers PlayStation Now as a Game Pass rival, and it's reported that retailers are considering a similar offer to All Access for the PS5, Xbox's services are better established.

Since there are a lot more separate parts to Xbox's offering, marketing the console to gamers may be more difficult, the report adds. But Harding-Rolls still believes that Xbox will benefit from this approach, encouraging gamers who normally wouldn't upgrade their console for another couple of years to buy into the Xbox family much closer to launch.

And this is where the problem lies. Harding-Rolls' report doesn't believe this new Series S strategy from Microsoft will shift PlayStation users over to Xbox, but just encourage its existing userbase to get in on the next-gen action faster.

There's more to consider in this battle of the new consoles than just pricing, however. Just as important as this is what games will be available to play. While Microsoft has some compelling exclusives on the way including Halo: Infinite, a new Fable game, Hellblade 2 and a new Forza title, Sony's offering new games in some of its most popular series like Ratchet and Clank, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Gran Turismo 7. And those lineups could very well decide which console comes out on top.

Richard Priday
Assistant Phones Editor

Richard is based in London, covering news, reviews and how-tos for phones, tablets, gaming, and whatever else people need advice on. Following on from his MA in Magazine Journalism at the University of Sheffield, he's also written for WIRED U.K., The Register and Creative Bloq. When not at work, he's likely thinking about how to brew the perfect cup of specialty coffee.

  • Freqmode
    Let put it this way. If Sony doesnt beat xbox in sales again they've done something really wrong. They have a massive regional sales advantage in areas the Xbox just doesn't sell. Not only that but there's a huge media and industry bias towards PlayStation and they have a much bigger user base than Xbox. Tbh if they don't double Xbox sales again they've failed hard. They have absolutely every advantage in that area so there no excuse for them. Having said all that Xbox is the over all superior platform. More powerful, better eco system, much better bc catalog, better bc enhancements, better features which Sony copied almost all of them so they must think so too and as it stands right now in spite of what the Sony biased industry wants you to believe Xbox actually has more exclusive games coming than PlayStation..think about all the things Sony has stolen from Xbox, achievements, BC, 2 sku's, haptic triggers, 3d audio, smart delivery, putting games on pc, a gamepass like game collection for ps5 buyers, using MS azure cloud for their streaming.....these are all things that would have set xbox sorry from playstation but sony has no pride and steals them all. Bragging about PS beating Xbox in sales is like bragging that you won a footrace against a dude with one's not impressive
  • RushandoDeSpike
    Too soon, Sony minions. Series X and S surpassed the PS5 in sales in many countries.
    XBOX Series X is way better console and GamePass subscription is already one of the best offerings that has been offered so far! I was a PS4 user before but I switched to XBOX this time around. I feel Sony has lost it's magic touch, while Xbox is able to give the best platform, ecosystem and pricing. I feel Sony will have a tough time competing with that.
    Also, I have been using Xcloud on my tablet and it's been worth the subscription cost for GamePass since it's platform agnostic.