The guys at International Data Corporation (or 'The stat guys' to you and me) recently published a report detailing their forecast for home console sales in 2013 including the launches of the new consoles from Sony and Microsoft.
"The number of game console bundles shipped worldwide in 2013 will be marginally higher than the 2012 total of approximately 33 million bundles". Couldn't have guessed that one, could we? Anyway, it'll mark the first time since 2009 that game console sales don't slide.
Now for the interesting part. The forecast also suggests that "Sony (NYSE: SNE) PlayStation 4 (PS4) bundle sales will edge out Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) Xbox One sales this holiday season due to a variety of factors, most notably the PS4's lower price point.".
Another interesting thing to come from the forecast is as follows: "IDC predicts that prepaid full-game, micro-game, and add-on download revenue derived through connected console channels (Xbox LIVE, PlayStation Store and eShop) will exceed that of worldwide PC-based prepaid full-game, micro-game, and add-on download revenue (i.e., digital PC games distributed through Steam, Origin, and Amazon.com) for the first time this year."
On top of that, "Connected console subscription revenue (Xbox LIVE Gold and PlayStation Plus) is also rising in 2013 while subscription-based PC game revenue (i.e., World of Warcraft) is in decline.".
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