PS4 game delays, lower pricing unlikely to impact console war

PlayStation 4′s lower price won’t give it much of an advantage against the Xbox One, according to EEDAR’s Jesse Divnich, but nor will recent high profile software delays negatively impact its success.  In an email, Divnich said that the PS4′s $100 price advantage will be important in the early days, but won’t mean much in the long run.

“The initial pricing is crucial to building short-term momentum. Historically, the cheaper console has generally be able to gain an initial lead,” he said.

“Long-term (2016 and onwards), we expect pricing to carry less weight in the consumer decision process. By 2016, we will begin to see consumers weigh more on the value the consoles are actually offering, such as their software library, the quality of their exclusive games, and cost/value of their entertainment options, into the consumer decision process.”

Speaking of the software library, Divnich said Microsoft and Sony are on an equal footing as they’ve both experienced delays and have a similar launch line-up.

“We have to keep in mind that consumers do to take into account near term releases when purchasing a new consoles. Delays are expected and the early adopters understand that. The delays may push out potential software purchases, but it isn’t likely to impact hardware sales to a significant degree this holiday season,” he said.

“At the end of the day, delays can be obstacle, but the net-net is negligible in the long-term.”

Even Sony’s decision to introduce a feww for online play – PlayStation Plus – can’t hurt the console’s chances, Divnich added.

“Consumers have grown to accept the monthly fee required to enjoy a lot of the deeper digital services the consoles offer,” he said.  “It will be incredibly important that Sony drives value in the PlayStation Plus offerings and they will certainly have to offer more value at first at increased internal costs in order to win the battle against Xbox Live.”

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