IDC Predicts Worldwide Game Console Shipments Will Be Up In 2013 with PS4
Outselling Xbox One This Holiday Season and Connected/Online Console Gamers
Topping 165 Million by 2017
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. -- October 2, 2013
A new connected game and entertainment console forecast from International
Data Corporation (IDC) concludes that the number of game console bundles
shipped worldwide in 2013 will be marginally higher than the 2012 total of
approximately 33 million bundles, ending a four-year slide that began in 2009.
The forecast also suggests that Sony PlayStation 4 (PS4) bundle sales will
edge out Microsoft Xbox One sales this holiday season due to a variety of
factors, most notably the PS4's lower price point.
IDC predicts that prepaid full-game, micro-game, and add-on download revenue
derived through connected console channels (Xbox LIVE, PlayStation Store and
eShop) will exceed that of worldwide PC-based prepaid full-game, micro-game,
and add-on download revenue (i.e., digital PC games distributed through Steam,
Origin, and Amazon.com) for the first time this year. Connected console
subscription revenue (Xbox LIVE Gold and PlayStation Plus) is also rising in
2013 while subscription-based PC game revenue (i.e., World of Warcraft) is in
"The number of online console gamers around the globe is on pace to exceed 165
million by 2017," said Lewis Ward, Research Manager, Gaming at IDC. "As a
result, the opportunity to sell these gamers digital assets through Wii U,
Xbox One, and PS4 online storefronts will grow substantially in the next
several years." Ward adds that the Chinese government's recent decision to
lift the ban on consoles should lead to millions of additional hardware bundle
sales for the likes of Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony within three years.
The forecast also considers the outlook for gaming-capable smart TV,
microconsole, and set-top box (STB) gaming. IDC anticipates that video game
software revenue generated on smart TV, microconsole, and gaming-capable
set-top box (STB) platforms from cable/telecom companies – and including
cloud-streaming options from some of these providers – is rising quickly but
will still represent less than 10% of all TV-centric, digital game-related
spending in 2017.
"The differences between traditional game consoles, PCs connected to HDTV's,
and a variety of set-top-boxes and smart TVs that can play games will
eventually be semantic," explained Ward. "And it appears unlikely that
Nintendo, Microsoft, or Sony will be driven out of the living room from a
gaming perspective by 2017 as result of non-console competition from the likes
of Valve/Steam, OUYA, cable/telecom companies, or related hardware and Web
The IDC report, Worldwide Connected Game and Entertainment Console and
Connected Smart TV, Microconsole, and Set-Top Box Gaming 2013–2017 Forecast
(Doc #243033), breaks out North American totals from a combined rest of the
world (ROW) region and distinguishes connected console hardware, online
gamers, and revenue along a number of dimensions. The outlook for
gaming-capable smart TV, microconsole, and set-top box (STB) game revenue is
also considered in the 82-page report.
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