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EA CFO says Xbox One is "catching up quickly" to PS4

Blake Jorgensen points to Christmas price cut as a big opportunity for Microsoft

EA CFO Blake Jorgensen believes the gap between the sales of the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One is rapidly closing.

Speaking at the UBS Global Technology Conference, Jorgensen pointed to Microsoft's seasonal $50 price reduction as a critical next-step in levelling the field - a process that Jorgensen indicated is already underway.

"Clearly, Sony has jumped out to a lead with a great console and I think a great pricing strategy," he said. "But Microsoft is catching up quickly. And pricing actions that are taking place, particularly within this Christmas season, driven by Microsoft around reductions plus a lot of bundled software, I think will continue to help pull the consumer into the new consoles."

Crucially, that $50 price reduction makes the Xbox One cheaper than the PlayStation 4 for the first time since both consoles launched a year ago. Earlier this month, Microsoft reported that Xbox One sales had tripled in the aftermath, with 10 million consoles sold-in to retailers. Last week, Sony confirmed that it has sold-in 13.5 million units.

In terms of games, Xbox One would seem to have the edge heading into the holiday season. Titanfall may be available on PC, but Xbox One and Xbox 360 are the only consoles where Respawn's excellent debut is available. Since then, Forza Horizon 2, Sunset Overdrive and Halo: The Master Chief Collection have also received high praise from critics.

By contrast, Sony's major exclusives haven't fared quite so well, with critics largely divided by or lukewarm on Killzone: Shadow Fall, Knack, Infamous: Second Son and, most recently, Driveclub. LittleBigPlanet 3 is Sony's most prominent remaining exclusive this year, though the series has never sold in the same quantities as tentpole franchises like Uncharted, Gran Turismo and God of War.

Sony will seek to remedy that in Q1 2015, with Ready At Dawn's The Order: 1886 and From Software's Bloodborne both scheduled for release. For now, though, Microsoft has a major opportunity to seize in terms of both price and product.

Thanks Polygon.

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Latest comments (17)

Justin Shuard J - E translator 6 years ago
Titanfall may be available on PC, but Xbox One is the only console where Respawn's excellent debut is available
Pretty sure it's also on the X360
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Matthew Handrahan European Deputy Editor, GamesIndustry.biz6 years ago
Noted, and altered
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Craig Burkey Software Engineer 6 years ago
I'm unclear is he talking US only or worldwide?
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.6 years ago
It's not closing any gaps if the PS4 is still outselling it. It just means the rate of widening of the gap is slowed down.
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Klaus Preisinger Freelance Writing 6 years ago
Gi Germany posted the same news, but also posted some not so favorable Amazon Germany numbers not too long ago, indicating Xone is not doing too well in Germany.

The overall 60/40 split indicated by the millions of consoles numbers being tossed around is no doomsday scenario for either side.
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Nick Parker Consultant 6 years ago
@Craig I think he's talking about USA although a similar closing gap between consoles sales is happening in UK. Not sure if this is long term (Microsoft originally stated price to last only to New Year and Sony has yet to move on price) but this pulling forward of Xbox One customers will need to be more than a blip for a generation win. It's early days and content and service is more important to high numbers of gamers than hardware price.
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Chris Lewin Software Engineer, EA6 years ago
The main claim of this article is inaccurate. What Blake actually said was that MS have made up ground on their pricing strategy, which is obviously true since they have reduced the price of their console recently. You guys got this from Polygon who got it from Gamasutra, who took Blake's words out of context.

The whole thing is debunked in this NeoGaf thread.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Chris Lewin on 19th November 2014 5:00pm

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Richard Browne Head of External Projects, Digital Extremes6 years ago
Quite astounding to me is that these consoles are entering a second Christmas without a single piece of system selling software.
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Nelsun Rivera Mixed Media 6 years ago
As the story is spread the message is misconstrued. I have absolutely no doubt that MS price drop will help sales. That said, MS has not confirmend 10m "sold in" they stated "almost" 10m. A vauge statement at best. The US may being in question but we will need to wait till end of season to see the worldwide results.

I usually do not expect for GI to post recycled/ regurgitated information. I see this site a a leader now a follower. At least put things into context and state clearly that this info may need further clarification. It seems that the MS push is in full swing. I warned all parties the MS simply will not allow Sony to walk away with the throne easily. They will do whatever it takes to gain traction and the have the reaources to pull it off. This is making out to be a very interesting console generation.
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Nelsun Rivera Mixed Media 6 years ago
As the story is spread the message is misconstrued. I have absolutely no doubt that MSs XB1 price drop will help sales. That said, MS has not confirmend 10m "sold in" they stated "almost" 10m. A vauge statement at best. The US numbers may be in question but we will need to wait till end of season to see the worldwide results.

I usually do not expect for GI to post recycled/ regurgitated information. I see this site a a leader not a follower. At least put things into context and state clearly that this info may need further clarification. It seems that the MS push is in full swing. I warned all parties the MS simply will not allow Sony to walk away with the throne easily. They will do whatever it takes to gain traction and they have the resources to pull it off. This is making out to be a very interesting console generation. Sony neess to stick and mive otherwise MS can and will overtake them. Even if it burns that Billion dollar hole into the XBox Brand!
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Jamie Knight International Editor in Chief, Playnation6 years ago
( enter Murray Walker styled voice for comedy effect now )
" and Button is lapping three seconds a lap faster than Barichello, but wait...no...what? "

( whispers in background ) **Are you sure?? okay, if you insist.** (clears throat )

"...Laydeez and Gennelmen actually we have just been informed by our technical experts that even though Button IS catching Barichello that he actually...sort of... isn't...because its more a case of the gap between the two drivers is just being slowed down...erm...each lap, and this in no way represents or should be misconstrued as Jenson Button catching up to Rubens Barichello,"


:) lmao

Dear Jim, you know the next time you are watching Formula One and the race leader is getting caught by the chasing pack....just remember that statement you just made there
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Dan Howdle Head of Content, Existent6 years ago
There's never enough emphasis on comparing like-for-like figures in this type of news. Sony's numbers are sold to consumers, while Microsoft openly states that its figure is sold to retailers, but, for sound PR reasoning no doubt, won't state how many of its consoles are in homes.

Probably because that number's terrifying.

Edited 2 times. Last edit by Dan Howdle on 19th November 2014 7:28pm

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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.6 years ago
Jamie, I might consider that if the fact was that MS were actually closing in on Sony.

If the PS4 were initially outselling the Xone by 100,000 per week and then that gap dropped to just 50,000 per week, MS is not catching up to Sony. For MS to catch up to Sony they have to actually outsell them for a given period. That's not happening.
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Jeff Kleist Writer, Marketing, Licensing 6 years ago
@Richard

It's obvious that 2015 syndrome has struck. With incomplete games from major franchise like NHL, WWE, and Assassin's Creed shipping out, and game after game getting pushed to next year, it certainly seems like the system sellers are probably two years away in any quantity for either platform
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John McCaul Web Developer, DevPhase.Net6 years ago
Dan surely Sony and MS customers are the retailers? I'm genuinely asking as its never been clear to me.
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Nick Parker Consultant 6 years ago
@John
Sony and Microsoft sell console hardware and 1st party software to retailers, this is called sell-in or shipments (not to confused with shipments from their factories to local Sony and Microsoft distribution points). Retailers store and sell these consoles and software to consumers, this is called sell-through. Sony and Microsoft can only be the retailer if they sell to consumers off their respective online stores PlayStation Store (PSN on Sony Network) or Xbox Live.
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This is what MS should have done from the start. Sony are broke - MS are overflowing with $$$. All they needed to do was put price pressure on Sony, not market an "inferior" console at a premium.

US market is critical, and MS need to match (if not outsell) Sony there. Because if they lose the US badly, they will be destroyed worldwide.

Personally, I'm still very dubious about this "generation". They might be selling faster now - but the price points are much lower than when the 360 or PS3 launched. Yet to see if the non-gaming market is interested in buying consoles anymore - they sure aren't in Japan...
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