Pretty bloody unlikely, though
One analyst believes that Sony is readying the PlayStation 5 for release in 2018 – but we respectfully disagree. Macquarie Capital Securities forecaster Damian Thong told The Wall Street Journal that Sony's next-gen system could drop as early as the second half of next year, with his accurate PS4 Pro and PS4 Slim...
Will be awkward if it doesn't now
Sony's scheduled to report its financial earnings tomorrow (or today, depending on your timezone), and analyst firm Super Data speculates that the company will confirm that PlayStation 4's sales have passed the 60 million units milestone. As of 1st January, the console was at 53.4 million units sold through to...
System will "supercharge" the holiday season
Consumers didn't get a great grasp on the PlayStation 4 Pro at Sony's low-key press conference this week, but there's plenty of time for the platform holder to course correct its messaging before the box's 10th November release. And as the appliance assumes the top spot on various retail best sellers...
PlayStation VR to sell 8 million units in two years
It would appear that Sony's short but sweet PlayStation VR press conference went extremely well last night, as Macquarie Securities analyst Ben Schachter has released a glowing endorsement of both the headset and the PlayStation 4 as a whole. As part of a report where he predicts that eight million...
Looking to the future
While the PlayStation 4 is already well on its way to the coveted 100 million units milestone, in a secret bunker somewhere, we suspect that system architect Mark Cerny will be thinking about the PlayStation 5. The system's years away at this point, but given that the death knell hasn't sounded on home consoles just yet, we...
Resident Evil: Revelations 2 has put Capcom's survival horror series back on track, and the Japanese publisher could be looking to capitalise with the next instalment in the popular series. According to a report by research firm Super Data, it expects to see an "upswing as the next editions of several major franchises like Halo...
System will outsell Xbox One by 40 per cent
We don't like looking as far forward as next week, so the analysts at Strategy Analytics must have had to brace themselves when thinking ahead all the way to 2019. Fortunately for us, the firm reckons that the future looks bright for Sony, as it believes that the PlayStation 4 will reproduce the success of...
There’s no doubt that the PlayStation 4 is doing very well for itself, selling over seven million units at last count, and likely working its way towards another major milestone as we type. However, writing as part of its latest console forecast, the International Data Corporation predicts that even better times await the Japanese...
Analyst all but writes off streaming service
PlayStation Now may have stoked the fires of much of the gaming industry when it was announced at CES earlier this year, but industry analyst Michael Pachter is finding it hard to get excited. Speaking as part of the latest episode of the
We doubt that Sony would decline
Nintendo has not had an especially enjoyable day. The manufacturer slashed its hardware forecasts in the early hours of this morning, with the Wii U’s numbers looking particularly bleak. As a result of the harrowing figures, armchair analysts all over the web have taken to message boards and online forums to...
On top of the world
Sony Computer Entertainment America president Jack Tretton may be spending his first full day back in the office hanging up the bunting, as reports suggest that the PlayStation 4 managed to close out 2013 in front of the Xbox One in North America – despite the platform holder launching in more territories than its closest...
Sony takes an early lead in North America
North America has proven a bit of a stronghold for Microsoft over the years. Back in September, Sony put an end to the Xbox 360’s incredible 32 month winning streak in the region – only to fall back behind in October. However, despite reports to the contrary coming out of Black Friday, it appears that...
Not playing around
We recently reported on Sony's less than successful second quarter financial results – a respectable ¥3.5 billion ($35 million) profit in the first quarter was followed by a dismal net loss of ¥19.3 billion ($197 million) in the second. The poor performance was attributed to a sluggish turn by the organisation's movie...
Box to beat
If the PlayStation 4 doesn’t outsell its peers this Christmas, then we’re going to have a serious upset on our hands. Following in the footsteps of comments made by divisive forecaster Michael Pachter, the International Data Corporation has reiterated that the PlayStation 4 may well be the system to beat this holiday. Writing as...
Cheap as chips
Michael Pachter isn’t the only industry analyst that believes that Sony has learned from the PlayStation 3’s disastrous price tag. In a note deployed to investors earlier today, Sterne Agee employee Arvind Bhatia said that the company will not repeat the same mistakes, and will subsequently launch the PlayStation 4 at a much more...
Industry analyst Michael Pachter believes that the total bill of materials required to construct the PlayStation 4 will cost Sony around $275 – some $50 less than the components needed to build the Xbox One. The divisive Wedbush Securities employee revealed the tidbit in a note released to investors ahead of E3, justifying...
Analyst doesn't think it matters, though
Divisive industry analyst Michael Pachter believes that anticipation for the PlayStation 4 has started to fade as gamers await the announcement of Microsoft’s next generation console. However, he doesn’t feel that Sony has too much to worry about, as the pendulum could swing again at E3 next month...
Analysts stick the knife in Kratos' origin story
God of War: Ascension was a very good game, but there’s no denying that it suffered from a spot of franchise fatigue. Despite implementing multiplayer and refining some gameplay mechanics, it still offered a somewhat safe experience, and it looks like the brunt of that is set to be reflected in the...
Analyst goes hard on the handheld market
Outspoken industry analyst Michael Pachter doesn’t believe that Sony has much of a chance of making money on the PlayStation Vita. Speaking on the latest episode of the Pach-Attack, the Wedbush Securities employee described the system as a “joke”, explaining that while it’s a capable device, very few...
Pundit believes that the platform holder failed to bring the goods
The response to Sony’s big PlayStation 4 coming out party has been generally positive on this website, but industry analyst Eric Handler has suggested that the reception was more “mixed” in mainstream circles. Speaking with
But still thinks that Sony's system will thrive
Seasoned industry analyst Michael Pachter is renowned for his bold predictions, but he’s really sticking his neck out this time. Speaking as part of this year’s SXSW event in Austin, the Wedbush Securities employee suggested that he expects the next generation Xbox to win out the impending console...
Despite the PlayStation Vita showing serious signs of life during Black Friday week, industry analyst Billy Pidgeon has admitted that Sony may need to “drastically” slash the price of the device in order to resurrect its fortunes. The pundit pointed to Nintendo’s 3DS price drop, adding that if “the [system's] install base remains...
If Sony’s going to come anywhere near to achieving its sales targets for Vita, it’s going to need some big software releases over the next 12 months. Thankfully, lovable industry analyst Michael Pachter has teased that there’s at least one exciting title on the horizon. Speaking on the latest episode of the Bonus Round, the...
Unless there's a price drop
During its investor’s conference last week, Sony announced that it intends to sell 16 million PSP and Vita units over the coming fiscal year (ending 31st March, 2013). Looking at current PSP sales trends, that means the company expects to sell around 10 million Vitas over the next 12 months. But RW Baird analyst Colin...
Timing is everything
With the next generation of consoles supposedly looming, Sony finds itself in an interesting place. The PlayStation 3 has only really recently hit its stride, with its life-cycle likely to be extended later this year when it inevitably reaches $199. As such, the Japanese giant could do with holding off the next generation for...
Warns against anti-used games
While we’re still trying to wrap our heads around yesterday’s PlayStation Orbis rumours, seasoned industry analyst Michael Pachter has whipped out his crystal ball and provided some insight on the murmurs. Chatting with GamesIndustry, Pachter explained that it’s unlikely Sony will install anti-used game measures...
We told you it was starting
Only yesterday did we post a report claiming that a number of internal Sony studios had started work on the next generation of hardware, and now we've got PS4 stories popping out of our ears. The latest report comes courtesy of US analyst Colin Sebastian, who believes that neither Microsoft nor Sony will have new hardware ready before 2013. While that might be a stinger..
Last week Sony reduced the price of the PlayStation 3 to $249
The entry-model PlayStation Vita will also cost $249. This has driven some speculation that the two devices might cannibalize each other's sales, but industry analysts disagree. I dont believe the PlayStation 3 price drop will impact the perceived value of the $249 Vita, EEDARs Jesse Divnich told IndustryGamers. With the..
Nikko Securities analyst Kazuharu Miura has predicted that the PlayStation Vita will sell about 2
5 million units by the end of March 2012, adding that software sales are likely to hit around 7 million units. The PlayStation Vita is due to release in Japan later this year, with a Western release due before the end of the fiscal year. In a report published by Bloomberg Japan, Miura stressed that the..
We spent way too much time participating in NeoGAF's PlayStation Vita thread last night
The forum was debating Vita's chances now that Nintendo's hit the panic button and knocked nearly $100 of its 3DS device. The take-away from most posters was that the Vita was all of a sudden doomed. At E3, forum-goers revelled in the device's price. We were all expecting upwards of $300, but when Kaz Hirai..
A number of analysts believe the PlayStation 3 will emerge victorious over the XBOX 360 once this generation has breathed its last -- but that victory will be marginal
EEDAR's Jesse Divinch was first to the plate, telling IndustryGamers that the PlayStation 3 has sold ten percent more than the XBOX 360 in the first half of 2011. To clarify, Divinch is using worldwide figures. Divinch added that the..
Look, let's get things straight: PlayStation Vita is an amazing platform at an outrageous price
There was always going to be a catch. It seems that catch lies with Sony's bottom-line, as the company has confirmed it will be selling the Vita at a loss. We suppose that would be stomachable if it was just six months or so, but no, Sony doesn't expect Vita to be profitable for three-years. SCE gaffer..
What a day? When we started up PushSquare we did so with the intention of writing about video games. Granted we could avoid the PlayStation Network security breach entirely but unfortunately this story is too big to avoid. Furthermore, we've received like three press releases today — no one is announcing anything to do with their games...
Two thumbs up
Analysts have already commented on the NGP price in the past, but now that Wedbush Morgan gaming analyst Michael Pachter has been treated to a hands-on demo of the device, he’s weighing in on the capabilities and performance of the device as well. Pachter took to Twitter earlier this week to shower the NGP with such lovely adjectives...
Now Sony's Next Generation Portable has been announced, the question on most people's lips is "price, price, price"
Analyst group EEDAR predicts that the system will cost "between $299 to $349" for the Wi-Fi only model, adding that it will "not exceed $399 in the United States". The firm furthers that some regions may not see the 3G model of the NGP at all, stressing that 62 to..
Electronic Entertainment Design and Research’s Jesse Divnich has cited a $300 -$350 price tag for Sony’s Next Generation Portable, the NGP. The market is ripe for portable high-end gaming. The NGP will be a serious threat to all forms of portable entertainment. After seeing the specs today, if the NGP can’t succeed, it is clear...
Sony said after the NGP's announcement yesterday that the device's price would be "affordable" and "appropriate for the handheld space"
EEDAR's Jesse Divinch reckons that puts the system in the $300-$350 price bracket. Divinch doesn't think the high price will be a problem though, explaining, "The market is ripe for portable high-end gaming. The NGP will be a serious threat to all forms of..
The brilliantly named Billy Pidgeon
If Kinect is for casual, Move is for more accomplished gamers, with M2 Research's senior analyst Billy Pidgeon backing Sony's strategy in selling the motion controller to regular gamers. Speaking to IndustryGamers Pidgeon emphasised Move's appeal to enthusiastic gamers thanks to solid titles such as MAG, Heavy...
But it's Pachter, so get the salt ready
Although the NPD reports claim PlayStation Move drove accessory sales upwards last month, and Sony claiming Move is outselling its expectations in Europe, it's not all roses and sunshine in Move World according to US analyst Wedbush Morgan's main games mouthpiece Michael Pachter. Even though we believe Move...
Demand surprisingly high
Although there are no hard figures for how many units PlayStation Move has sold in its first weeks on sale, US analyst Lazard Capital Markets believes the accessory is off to a great start. In a survey of consumers the analyst found demand to be higher than expected, particularly considering the "relatively high price...
Infamous video games analyst Michael Pachter has predicted $50 console price-cuts "across the board" next year, with Microsoft expected to take charge in the Spring
"We estimate that a $50 console price cut across the board will impact software sales by a positive 5%, and we expect Microsoft to lead with a cut some time in Spring 2011," he said. Pachter added that he believes the..
As part of their internal estimates for console and portable hardware in North America and Europe, Activision has revealed that they expect the Playstation 3 to rule the roost in 2010
Well, certainly over the XBOX 360 anyway. Their predictions show that they expect the Playstation 3 install base to jump by 9 million in the coming year, while they expect the XBOX 360 will manage just 8 million..
You'd think given the constant touting of the XBOX Live service that Microsoft's XBOX 360 would have the most Internet-Connected users, but according to a survey by the Diffusion Group, that's just not true at all
In fact, their findings note that in a study of 2,000 broadband users in the US, 78 percent of users hit the Internet high-road with...
Blimey oh riley
If you've been on the Internet at all today, you might have read somewhere that Nintendo has announced the successor to their hugely popular handheld: the Nintendo 3DS. Not one to be upstaged by the competition, analysts writing on MCV reckon the successor to Sony's Playstation Portable is just around the corner. Lazard Capitals Colin Sebastian reckons that Sony will announce the..
Increased sales, a fairer attitude, an entirely new marketing campaign - there's no doubt that the Playstation 3 is making somewhat of a comeback
It's a thought emphasised in a report by Research & Markets, which suggests the system is gathering steam worldwide. According to the report, "The PS3 is dominant in Japan and Korea and as of June 2008, has begun to outsell the Xbox 360 in..
Hardly a surprising revelation, but one analyst believes that Playstation 3 will see the greatest YoY growth in next week's January NPD report
Arvind Bhatia of Sterne Agee reckons that the PS3 will keep its momentum throughout January and "will have the best year-over-year growth in January among all consoles." This is on the back of the PS3 Slim's release, and some much stronger..
Stocks in the ever-increasing portfolio of video games analyst Michael Pachter just shot up, with the premiere of his new GameTrailers show, Pach$Attack -- a segment in which the buoyant business-man talks games industry numbers (and his undying appreciation for Microsoft's corporate strategies)
Check the show through here. It's hilarious.
Industry boffins reckon that the Playstation 3 will have more success in 2010 than rival consoles the XBOX 360 and Nintendo Wii
It sounds like a bold claim, but a poll conducted by industry professionals on GamesIndustry.biz saw 34 per cent of boffins backing Sony's powerhouse, citing major releases such as Gran Turismo 5, Heavy Rain, God Of War III, and of course, Sony Playstation Motion..
Pulling out his crystal ball for, presumably, the last time this year; seasoned American analyst Michael Pachter reckons Sony shifted 700,000 PS3 consoles in the last month
That'd be up 85% on Sony's performance in the same period last year.We [Pachter's organisation, Wedbush Morgan] estimate sell-through of 1,050,000 Wii hardware units (down 49% from last year), 650,000 Xbox 360 (down 22% from..
So, Sony didn't make the Wii
They made the Playstation 3 instead. The Wii has been an absolute runaway success. So what in the world leads analysts DFC Intelligence to the conclusion that the Wii saved Sony. It's quite simple really - by keeping Microsoft's XBOX 360 in touch."The main danger Sony faced was that the Xbox 360 would become embedded as the system of choice. Instead consumers..