Record Video Game Sales Expected in 2021

Record Video Game Sales Expected in 2021

The year 2020 was an interesting one for video games to say the least.  Unlike the suffering faced by much of the world, video game sales thrived as a prime entertainment option during stay-at-home orders.  Of course, many companies were not planning for COVID, so they were not able to take full advantage of the opportunity.  The question becomes what can the industry expect for 2021 in regards to video game sales? It was expected that sales for video game software would be down in .....
Will Sony Win the Console War by Default?

Will Sony Win the Console War by Default?

On September 16, Sony Interactive Entertainment gave an online presentation that revealed the launch date and price for the PlayStation 5. There were no major surprises. However, the event underlined how much of an advantage the PlayStation 5 has over the Xbox Series X/S. As expected, the Pla.....
Microsoft Throws a Hail Mary with Xbox Series S

Microsoft Throws a Hail Mary with Xbox Series S

The rumors about a watered-down digital only version of the upcoming Microsoft Xbox Series X have been going on for quite some time. In the past few days the details about the system, originally known as Project Lockhart, started to catch fire. Finally, on Tuesday September 8, Microsoft officially announced the rumors were true and a new system the Xbox Series S would launch November 10, 2020. The Xbox Series S will launch at the bargain price of $299. However, the Xbox Series S featur.....
Global Video Game Consumer Population Passes 3 Billion

Global Video Game Consumer Population Passes 3 Billion

DFC Intelligence just released its latest global Video Game Consumer Segmentation.  This ongoing project breaks out the number of game consumers by country, region, and platform.  As of mid 2020, it is estimated that the number of global game consumers is approaching 3.1 billion. Of course, 3 billion is a massive number, however it only represents about 40% of the world population.  Furthermore, by far .....
PlayStation 5 Expected to Significantly Outperform Xbox Series X

PlayStation 5 Expected to Significantly Outperform Xbox Series X

In recent months it has become clear that Sony and Microsoft are pursuing two very different strategies in the video game industry.  The likely result is that the upcoming Sony PlayStation 5 should significantly outsell the Microsoft Xbox Series X.  However, Microsoft may have the long-term winning battle plan. The latest DFC Intelligence video game console forecasts have the PlayStation 5 outselling t.....
Game Pass Could Be Microsoft’s Secret Weapon

Game Pass Could Be Microsoft’s Secret Weapon

On Thursday July 23, Microsoft finally revealed some key titles for the upcoming Xbox Series X via its online Xbox Games Showcase. The lineup looks solid, but the most notable feature seems to be the Xbox Game Pass service. The irony for Microsoft is that this service does not necessarily require a consumer to own the upcoming Xbox system. Game Pass is a subscription service that allows subscribers to play over 100 high-end games. The cost is $5 a month for PC game access, $10 a month .....
Sony PlayStation 5 on Track for 2020 Launch

Sony PlayStation 5 on Track for 2020 Launch

In the recent DFC Intelligence Video Game Forecast, we modeled both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X to launch in 2020. In Sony’s recent fiscal year earnings and forecast releases the company has confirmed the PlayStation 5 launch is still on track for holiday 2020. Assuming that hardware launches are on track the big remaining question is how many units will a.....
Can Elder Scrolls Become the Next Metaverse?

Can Elder Scrolls Become the Next Metaverse?

Elder Scrolls is a 25-year old action role-playing series set in a fantasy universe. Like many franchises with tens of millions of users, observers are starting to ask whether products like Elder Scrolls have the potential to become a metaverse. The concept of a metaverse is a hot buzzword in video games. A metaverse is basically a virtual 3D space where users can interact with each other. Not only can they communicate but they can build their own environments.....