Sony Computer Entertainment America president Jack Tretton may be spending his first full day back at the office hanging the flag, as reports suggest the PlayStation 4 managed to close out 2013 against the Xbox One in North America, despite even though the platform carrier launched in more territories than its closest competitor.
Sources had indicated during Black Friday and the busy holiday period that the Japanese giant was struggling to get enough consoles on store shelves, but after triumphing in November’s NPD report, Baird & Company analyst Colin Sebastian , has suggested that the PlayStation maker’s new super machine is likely to continue to have a small sales lead in the region.
“The PS4 has clearly rebounded from our mixed supply chain checks and appears to have slight momentum among the major players, as evidenced by premium pricing on eBay and persistent reports of out-of-stocks at retail,” he wrote. forecaster as part of a new report, adding that GameStop sales data shows Sony’s device outperformed the Xbox One by a narrow margin in 2013.
However, the trend interpreter rightly admitted that it is too early to predict a winner, underlining that a hotly contested battle between the two platform incumbents would benefit both retailers and third-party publishers. “A two-toed console race would be a good thing for software publishers and retailers if they are forced to compete aggressively for market share,” he said.
However, Sony will be especially pleased with this turn of events, as it was considered the favorite in North America until the launch of the PS4. Of course, as we’ve highlighted in our recent New Year’s resolutions article, the company still has a lot of work to do, and it’s going to have to stay sharp if it wants to maintain its slim lead.