PS4, Xbox One sales will overtake PS3, Xbox 360 in five years – Zelnick

Tuesday, 3rd December 2013 23:08 GMT By Brenna Hillier

PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will outsell their precursors well ahead of the previous generation’s schedule, according to take Two CEO Strauss Zelnick.

Although the PS3 and Xbox 360 took eight years to generate their current sales levels, Zelnick expects the PS4 and Xbox One to reach the same totals in just five years, he told investors at the Credit Suisse’ 2013 Technology Conference, as reported by GamesIndustry.

“I’d specifically say yes because it appears that – and this is largely anecdotal but tablets are a good example – all these new iterations of more and more exciting hardware seem to have picked up in velocity generationally compared to five or 10 years ago,” he said.

“But if we had a big market meltdown, for example, a repeat of ’08 and ’09 in three years, or two years, or two minutes, that would influence it. But if this economy stays on this track, yeah, I feel good about it.”

The Xbox 360 launched in 2005 with the PS3 following in 2006. Combined, the platforms have shifted over 160 million units; the split is pretty even, as the Xbox 360 is more popular in North America but the PS3 has performed better in Europe and Japan.

The PS4 hit 2.1 million global sales yesterday; Microsoft hasn’t given firm Xbox One data but seems pretty jovial.



  1. Cort

    Daily Amazon UK video game chart update:

    PS4 is still at #6, and still out of stock.
    XB1 is down from #54 to #57 and still in stock for immediate dispatch.

    Ouch. Better ready that Kinect-less console for £349 pretty sharpish, MS.

    PS Can someone call a taxi for John Lewis’ head of technology?

    #1 1 year ago
  2. sumzero2008

    I really don’t see both consoles keeping the pace they do now.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Panthro


    Thats the Xbox One Day One Edition at #52 you are talking about.

    The normal Xbox One console is currently at #34… that’s still bad though hahah.

    Once word of this gets out to the masses all those kids who only care about ‘what sells best’ will be then wanting a PS4 further creating more hype on the PS4 side of things…


    ^That GIF says everything I have to say on the subject.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. ysleiro

    I do believe these new consoles will sell more than the previous generation.

    Because this generation is MUCH cheaper than the last. Calculating for inflation the new Xbox is right around the same price as the 360 and the PS4 is around 60% of the PS3 launch price.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Cort

    @3 Different chart. You’re looking at the best selling of 2013 so far. I’m looking at bestselling now.

    Bestselling now (updated hourly):

    Bestselling of year so far (updated daily):

    #5 1 year ago
  6. The_Red

    Really hope that happens because bigger install bases mean better chance of indies and risk-taking devs making games for those platforms.

    #6 1 year ago

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