PS4 and Xbox One will ship about 10 million units combined by March, 2014, according to EA in its recent earnings call, as the games publisher affirms is bullishness on the next generation of consoles and its ability to invigorate the market.
That’s according to EA’s COO Peter Moore, adding that said numbers will be reached “easily”.
“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,” Moore said.
“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.”
EA expects the attach rate of next-gen to be three titles — meaning gamers will buy at least three games to play on their new systems, however the publisher said that it understand the market will take time to build, and doesn’t expect to see huge financial results from the onset, even if it has five next-gen launch titles available during launch window: Battlefield 4, FIFA 14, Need for Speed: Rivals, NBA Live 14 and Madden NFL 25.
“We’ve guided that next-gen for fiscal ’14 is a relatively small part of our overall business,” Moore went on.
“Clearly, we’ll be putting out five next-gen titles this quarter. We’ll have a better feeling for how quick the uptake is and what the attach rate is to those. And we believe things like Battlefield will do extremely well in next-gen. But we also understand that the market’s going to take time to build. And so our forecast for full year assumes relatively low next-gen uptick of our core business.”
PS4 launches on November 15th in the U.S., its games are starting to become available as I write this. The same console will launch in Europe on November 29th. Xbox One launches on November 22nd in the U.S. and select parts of Europe.