PS4 to dominate market by 2016 with 51 million sold – IDC

Tuesday, 6th May 2014 20:23 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) expects Sony to dominate the new console cycle with PlayStation 4 claiming the majority of the market by 2016 with 51 million units sold globally.


Xbox One is expected to rebound in North America where the firm expects it to take the lead. Microsoft, according to the firm, due to the fact it expects it to eventually pull Kinect from Xbox One bundles – despite Microsoft saying repeatedly it has no such plans.

“The presumed unbundling of Kinect and Xbox One, which should facilitate rough price parity between it and the PS4, should lead to a spike in Xbox One sales; assuming the console and sensor are unbundled in 2015, IDC expects Xbox One to recover and emerge with the largest installed base of any console in North America by the end of 2016,” the firm explained in a preview of the report to GI International.

IDC expects Nintendo’s Wii U to drop in price by “$50worldwide in late 2014 or early 2015,” but it won’t help fill the installed base between it and its compettion.

Elsewhere in the report, IDC states it expects physical game sales to decline as digital becomes the preferred form of purchasing games.



  1. Capt.N00P

    51,095,677 to be accurate

    #1 6 months ago
  2. mistermogul

    @Capt.N00P – Hmm… I was thinking more along the lines of 51,095,678

    #2 6 months ago
  3. ManuOtaku

    When i see predictions, i do prefer them with a crazy touch, like xbox one will rule japan or something like that, it has better results than safe bets.
    Although I believe the amount is s little bit high, i dont think it will reach it in thar timeframe.

    #3 6 months ago
  4. Capt.N00P

    @mistermogul will see, even 44,095,678 (sold 7m already) in 21 months is insanely high, sony needs 20 blockbuster games in this period. so with current case 51,095,677 more accurate

    #4 6 months ago
  5. dazedonthemoon

    Yay, we are all analysts!

    #5 6 months ago
  6. Hcw87

    51million? Good luck with that.

    #6 6 months ago
  7. wally10975

    Does anyone have a link to the article that stated that Sony would cut the PS4 if Microsoft cut the price of the Xbox One? I read somewhere that an SCE Executive stated that they would undercut Microsoft at all costs to remain the cheaper solution.

    #7 6 months ago
  8. westman98

    51 million units PS4′s in 3 years is too high. It is only possible if Microsoft refuses to drop the Kinect and cut $100 off the price of the Xbox One for the next 3 years

    38-40 million PS4′s sold by 2016 is more likely, with 33-35 million Xbox One’s sold during the same period (assumming a price cut occurs in 2014)

    #8 6 months ago
  9. Llewelyn_MT

    PS4 will take the majority of the console market that includes one dud (WiiU) and one overpriced cable TV peripheral (X1). What a through analysis…

    Meanwhile, League of Legends has 67 million unique players each month. Just so you know what dominance on the video games market really is.

    #9 6 months ago
  10. The_Red

    If you’re gonna throw in LOL numbers just for the sake of it, then stuff like Clash of Clans and Candy Crush can literally CRUSH the League of Legends numbers and show you true “dominance”.

    Hell, you could use mainstream numbers of “Honey Boo Boo” and other reality crap against Game of Thrones and True Detective.
    Mad Men who? Dogshit reality series has 20 million viewers so GoT and True D don’t really matter.

    #10 6 months ago

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