The two consoles will have a smaller install base than current gen
Analysis firm Futuresource Consulting says that the PlayStation 4 from Sony will outsell the Xbox One from Microsoft all over the world by 2018.The company is quoted by MCV as saying that the PS4 will move 36 million devices to gamers by that date, while the rival console will only move 30 million.
Their report states, "We expect the Xbox One to sell well in the USA due to existing customer loyalty, repositioning as an integrated multimedia home hub will open up further market opportunities, though it is launching into a crowded marketplace, so gaining a strong foothold in this category will be challenging."
Japan and Europe will remain markets where the PlayStation 4 leads.
The bad news is that Futuresource is also expecting the overall install base for next-gen consoles to be lower after five years than that of the PS3 and the Xbox 360, mainly because of competition from devices from Google and Apple.