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The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are rapidly approaching their November release dates, and many gamers, as well as industry insiders, are weighing in about which console will be more successful. Now, one of the biggest publishers in video games, EA, has issued its sales predictions for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
According to IGN, during a financial call EA's COO Peter Moore revealed that the company is very excited about the upcoming consoles, and while he didn't provide an exact sales prediction for each console, he speculated a combined sales total for the new consoles.
"When I talked to our friends at both Sony and Microsoft, and I'm trying to get some indications in the numbers that are going to be available for sale by the end of our fiscal year on March 31 and I aggregate them, I think I can squint and see 10 million units combined, very easily...Both Sony and Microsoft are proposing that this could be their best launches ever as regards their production numbers and their ability to globalise this business quickly. So we feel bullish about our ability of having five truly next-gen titles available for that."
While EA didn't predict a next-gen front-runner, CEO Andrew Wilson predicted that whichever console falls behind could quickly have it's price dropped:
"Both companies here have pieces of hardware that feel to me, certainly, from my experience, that the pricing can come down pretty aggressively over the next few years."
While the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are expected to split 10 million units, Nintendo has revealed that the Wii U has sold 460,000 units in a six months period ending Sept. 30. This brings lifetime Wii U sales to around 3.91 million units. This may pale in comparison to the predicted sales of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but considering its lifetime sales, it can likely still compete with those new consoles. Add in stronger software sales (6.3 million units in the same six month period) and big name titles coming soon such as Super Smash Bros. 4 and a new Legend of Zelda title and the Wii U could bounce back and give the new consoles a run for their money.