Pachter: “Xbox One Is Likely To Sell 10 Million This Year”
In lieu of the sheer insanity that ensued on NeoGAF on January 29th, I felt I’d follow-up with industry analyst, Michael Pachter, to get his impressions. Specifically, I wanted to know if the many leaks pertaining to future models of the Xbox One would, in turn, hurt current Xbox One hardware sales.
If you’re unfamiliar with the situation I’m referring to, you can check out the madness here. Within the thread, you’ll see mention of new Xbox One hardware that’s reportedly on the way before the end of 2014. When I first saw mention of a 1TB Xbox One model launching in November, possibly at a reduced price, my first thought was “People will wait for that”.
After oafishly summarizing the many leaks to come out of Wednesday evening, I left the floor open to Pachter,
I think the Xbox One is likely to sell 10 million this year regardless. There should be that much demand, and I don’t think that most consumers read NeoGAF, so they probably won’t know that a 1TB model is coming in November.
Some will no doubt wait for more games, but I have a sneaky feeling that a lot of people will buy an Xbox One to play TitanFall.
I then pointed out that many news outlets including The Verge, Game Informer and ourselves had printed stories about the leaks, as Pachter had made no mention of them being cited outside the forum. Pachter insisted,
I still feel sales will be 10 million this year
With Pachter foreseeing 10M Xbox One units in consumer hands before the end of 2014, the reported 2015 launch of Halo 5 is sure to be an enormous success for Microsoft. Microsoft recently confirmed it had let loose 3.9M Xbox One consoles into retail by the end of 2013. That means nearly 6M pieces of Xbox One hardware need to move before the end of 2014 for Pachter’s prediction to be accurate. With almost 4M sales in short of two months, his prediction is highly probable.
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