In the latest 'Analyze This' series of exclusive Gamasutra features, we ask three of the industry's top analysts what their 2007 predictions are for the video game industry, particularly noting which console they view as the eventual 'winner' for the year.
As part of his response, Wedbush Morgan Securities' Michael Pachter comments:
”Most households who will ultimately buy two consoles will end up choosing a Wii and one of the other two. I also believe that most of those two-console households will buy the Wii first, since it's cheaper and more readily available. Therefore, at least through 2007, I expect the Wii to end up "winning" the next generation console battle.”
Also looking toward Sony and the PlayStation 3 in particular, he offers:
”The high-definition DVD war is quite important, and Sony is determined to be the only man standing when the dust settles. That business is at least as profitable as its video game business, so I think Sony is looking to grow its overall profits dramatically with this strategy. If I'm right, Sony will end up winning the high-definition format war, and once there are millions of Blu-ray enabled PS3s floating around, I think we will see sharper graphics on PS3 games compared to Xbox 360 games.”
You can now read the full Gamasutra feature on the subject
, including plenty more fascinating feedback from ABI Research and DFC Intelligence analysts (no registration required, please feel free to link to this feature from external websites).