Pachter: PS4’s Plan Will Be ‘Peaking’ Next Year, Bets Microsoft Won’t Have As Many Games As PS4 In 2015

Michael Pachter praises Sony’s line up for 2015 and believes they have got their act together.

Posted By | On 15th, Dec. 2014 Under News | Follow This Author @GamingBoltTweet


PlayStation 4 has a ton of games coming out in 2015 including indies and major AAA releases like The Order 1886, Bloodborne and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. On the other hand we have Microsoft’s Xbox One whose line up for 2015 is solid as far as AAA games are concerned. We have Halo 5: Guardians, Rise of the Tomb Raider and Fable Legends but the sheer number of games coming out on PS4 outpaces every console out there. However this could change in the near future.

Regardless, what does popular industry analyst Michael Pachter thinks about Sony’s line up for PS4 in 2015? “I think it’s the quantity of quality games. Normally, you expect kind of one game in the Spring, one or two in the Fall, but what do you have, six big titles, it’s probably doubled,” he said in an interview with Gametrailers.

“I don’t know what Microsoft has planned but I will be willing to bet that it’s not this many. I am surprised because I really thought that manufacturers won’t take the risk of developing for one console and they are taking it. Scott Rohde [PlayStation Software Product Development Head for Sony Worldwide Studios America] has done a phenomenal job, you have done a phenomenal job [referring to Adam Boyes, VP of Publisher & Developer Relations at PlayStation].”

“You guys got your s**t together early in the cycle [referring to Sony]. That is where Nintendo right now is suffering because they still don’t have the quantity of exclusives to drive their console and you guys have this plan. It’s peaking next year and that’s exactly where you want to be. It’s great and impressive.”

Pachter has a fair point here. As far as numbers goes, the PlayStation platform has a ton of games coming out for it. But numbers don’t always tell the true story. The Xbox One was the leading console in USA and UK last month with a superb line up of exclusives and bundle offers. So, it’s too early to declare a winner for 2015 but by the looks of it Sony does have the upper hand in terms of quantity. But in terms of quality, we will need to wait and watch.

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  • JimmyNice

    I think that it’s awesome for MS that they had a winning month in November… in the USA & UK. It’s no small feat, but it took the launch of a key franchise title with the HMC collection, Sunset Overdrive and some really big bundle discounts to do it. I was at a kids party on the weekend and the Dad had bought an XB1 for the kids for christmas… and he’s a Tiger Woods Golf / Call of duty guy. So there is definitely consumers who haven’t purchased that are still making their minds up. Both sides selling lots of systems only strengthens the whole industry and makes things better for all gamers.

    Having said that, I think calling it close as to who’s going to win for sales for 2014… it’s not even an issue. In 2014, between XB1 & PS4, PS4 wins. Not just worldwide, everywhere.

    In the USA in November, the XB1 led by an average of 95K a week. In the UK the lead was much smaller, just under 5k a week. This was with the release of their biggest 3rd party title, Sunset Overdrive and their biggest 1st party title this year, the Halo Chief master collection. Each big game led their 1st week and then both dropped dramatically. In the USA, XB1 has a 660K gap to make up to catch the PS4. In the UK it has a 200K gap to catch the PS4.

    So that means in December… a month with NO major game releases.. XB1 would have to outsell the the PS4 in the USA by 165K a week (nearly double what it did in November) and in the UK by 50K a week (10 times what it did in November).

    The numbers just don’t support it. The PS4 wins 2014. 2015 is anybodies game. The real winners are all the gamers… and I’m looking forward to more!

    • Mark

      Well yeah the PS4 has won 2014 in terms of sales. But 1) Gamers can’t play them, but only read about them 2) Sony’s had 7-8 good months of not only the price advantage, but also being in more regions, still is 3) Not referring to u, but this was the Sony fanboy logic previous to October; “Since PS4 is 2-1 over the Xbox, it will get more and better exclusives from developers. Microsoft will spin off the Xbox division to Amazon. You’re a fool to buy an Xbone”. Lol. C’mon man.

      If indeed we learned something this whole past year, it’s that PRICE MATTERS! Even if the PS4 leads this whole generation by about a couple or more million units, both systems will get great games from 3rd parties. U know who actually benefits from analyzing sales……..platform holders! Boom

    • JimmyNice

      I was with you on most of the comment… but I don’t understand the 1st point. I have games that I can’t play in 2014 and only read about? Are you talking about anticipation of 2015 games? I mean I use my PS4 every day. Between Resogun, Outlast, Infamous 2nd Son, Don’t starve, the Last of Us, Child of Light, Alien Isolation, Dragon Age: Inquisition and LBP3, my days have been pretty full (again I have more games, my kids play a ton, but these are the ones that occupied my time personally)

      I will buy an XB1 once they have unique awesome games that appeal specifically to me. Last Gen it was Alan Wake, and indies like Limbo, Braid & Castle Crashers that MADE me buy a 360. Right now, not being an FPS fan or an online multiplayer guy… there just isn’t much to catch my personal interest (Ori and the blind forest looks cool!). I know that is not the same for everyone, as I said with my friend who for him, the XB1 has the games he wants.

      An all out Price war, which I think we will see in 2015.. should be interesting. I mean consistently lower price and better bundles, absolutely XB1 will gain more ground. The question is will Sony sit there and take it… probably not.. so better prices…better bundles.. more games… we all win!

    • Mark

      No doubt, WE WIN! My first point was just that fanboys luv talkin up sales to sell their selfish narrative……but u can’t play sales, just games.

    • JimmyNice

      Got it! thanks… is it just me or this is like the most civil comment thread I’ve seen on here in forever… no one’s feeding the trolls… it’s awesome!

    • Mark

      Dude stay around. There’s a healthy dose of unbiased grown men on here (haven’t seen any ladies yet). I used to frequent DualShockers, till I peeped their style. I just visit GBolt, CVG and a few others now. GameOn

    • GotNews4Ya

      I just go where the news is.. 😛 IF i don’t like what is being posted in the comments section, I move on.. or don’t respond.. And If it gets too heated.. I just leave. Simple, that way I can go to every website..

    • Mark


    • FaLlCHiLD

      Well, not to start anything, but we all heard the 360 fanboys scream how their system sold the most during the first few years compared to the ps3. Fanboys go in a circle, that is all they do. Only thing I care about are the games and what games I like period.

    • Mark

      HERE HERE!

    • Michael Norris

      MS has done a fine job this year a complete 180 for sure.I knew MS would outsell Sony in Nov thanks to the killer bundles and a great lineup of games.Sony delayed some games and really has been pressing for 2015 to the year for them.

    • Michael Norris

      I think 2015 is Ps4,that said MS has done a amazing job.I just want to see Sony stick around for more Playstation.

  • i3myX1

    lol, classic Pachter

  • Mark

    “In terms of quality, we will need to wait and watch” – Rashid Sayed. Boom. Great comment. First, in terms of quality for the X1, there’s Halo, Tomb Raider, QBreak, and Fable, possibly ScaleBound (which has immense potential from Platinum Games), let alone the unannounced games; Rare’s workin on something big (Banjo!?), and Undead Labs may drop their sequel to State of Decay. Some pretty solid Indies too (Below, Ori, CupHead etc). That, in no way, is sub par or to be slept on for Xbox gamers and last gen upgraders. ScreamRide’s comin in March, but uhh, ya, we’ll see if it’s actually fun.

    Sony’s lookin strong too……they stole my beloved Street Fighter! Lol. Kudos to them, but not freakin Capcom, splitting up their user base man. Oh well. I hope SF sells tons, and want it to live on forever. May buy me a PS4 next year at the right price. Anyway, Pachter may be just highlighting the fact that Sony and the PS4 will be busy all next year, and that’ll garner attention overall. But as for his comment about studios signing up for PS4 only, that’s MAINLY indie stuff, and smaller games, maybe single A. Good for them. But he sounds like they’ve locked up Fallout 4……..unless they have?! Lol. Prob not.

    • GotNews4Ya

      Eventually even small Indie studios can turn into AAA studios.. at least that would be my assumption to where all the Indie studios or well.. most are wishing to take their creative abilities.. I think they would want to use the money they receive for their game they make, and in return use that money as an investment into their next venture.. eventually leading into a bigger / better game. Plus, you never know when the next “Hideo Kojima” is in your presence.

    • Mark

      Ur well on point there. I was thinkin the same recently. Independent devs just wanna build up a sizable studio where they can just do deals with the platform holders, without being handcuffed on the creativity front. And also keepin their IP……..aka CD Project Red.

      However, once some of them succeed on their smaller games, and grow more in size, to fit developement demands, more of these guys will go multi-plat, and less exclusive. So for me Indie studio exclusivity doesn’t hold my attention, atm. But, the good news is that Sony’s playing a big role in helping dudes grow. There has to be atleast a couple mature, single or double A Indie Studios in years time. Bang

    • GotNews4Ya

      Yeah, that’s exactly what I was trying to say.. out of all the studios they are helping and making deals with and believing in.. you would think atleast a few of them hit it big, and out of those few.. 1 or 2 might just sign on to be full time big hitters for Sony.. Who knows? It could just be a new entry point into the medium.

    • Michael Norris

      Not trying to sound like a jerk but i think Sony made a damn good move with SF5.I still hate SquareEnix,i think MS was smart picking up that game to compete with UC4.The end result will be something like 2-1 maybe 3-1 in favor of UC4.Still MS did something good for their user base.Sony did a great thing for their user base with SF5,playing Ps4 vs Pc will be awesome.

    • Mark

      Sony not only locked up SF V but even Ultra SF 4! That’s nuts how Capcom gave them that too! I mean atleast port over a last gen game to the X1. Wow. That move right there really got to me cuz I love SF. Anyway, kudos to Sony, and I guess Capcom is being well funded now. Oh well. Just a game

  • In some ways Microsoft is in a tough spot for 2015. Halo is their biggest gun, but is it enough to hold up their platform? Unless they have a raft of great exclusives releasing in 2015 that they’re just waiting to tell everyone about, they’ll likely have to make more deals like Tomb Raider which may cause more outcry than celebration.

  • Ha ha ha.. now the Sony boys will believe in this guy right? Clock work.

  • JerkDaNERD7

    He is in the same boat as anyone when no one knew exactly what was coming later this year before E3 for Microsoft, and if anything it’s going to be the same thing. But I think he is right that PS4 will have more games, might not be in big triple-A titles but they will have a slew of indie and overall f2p games that some of us will just overlook or not even consider.

    Microsoft for sure will have the big titles and surprising ones at that, I think they’ll do alot more this upcoming E3 then what PSX failed to show.

  • d0x360

    No doubt Sony has a lot of games in 2015 but I’m personally not interested in many of them. Until dawn and the order look gorgeous but insanely boring.

    The problem I have is Sony appears to have ignored 2014 letting hype drive their train. Meanwhile ms has spread exclusives out a bit so there is always something going on. I’d be willing to bet ms announces a lot of exclusive games at e3. They are on the defensive and they are going to spend the money required to get back on top and we as gamers do nothing but benefit.

    I’m glad ms is behind to be quite honest. Its lit a fire that hopefully burns long and hot. Midway through the 360 life cycle they stopped focusing on games. Don’t get me wrong 360 has some great titles and was the place to be for online but they went media centric. Now they are coming back to where they were at the launch of the 360 and I couldn’t be happier.

    As Microsoft starts improving and pushing out great content so will Sony in turn. Since I have both consoles I get to enjoy the spoils of war.

    • GotNews4Ya

      Unless History Repeats itself (And usually has an odd way of doing so..) and Microsoft becomes complacent once again in the middle of its life cycle..

    • d0x360

      I don’t think they will with phil Spencer running the show. After j Allard left during the 360 era Don Mattrick has full say in everything and that guy doesn’t give a damn about gaming.

      The original vision for the Xbox was to replace WebTV as Microsoft’s Trojan horse into the living room and that was fine when media eqs secondary but Mattrick took it to an extreme.

      Spencer has always and will always be about gaming. There’s a lot of money to be made in media no doubt but there is just as much in gaming and the Xbox does both really well. Neither console is particularly powerful but its what we got for a while so all we can ask is they make the best of it.

    • Michael Norris

      I think you have way too much faith in Phil.I look at all the first party studios Sony has and imagine so many good-great exclusives.I am glad to see MS finally getting first party support but Sony has a big lead in that department.Also everyone has different taste in games like right now i really don’t want to play any exclusives on Xone besides FH2.

  • ak33715

    “We have Halo 5: Guardians, Rise of the Tomb Raider and Fable Legends”

    How do you just overlook Quantum Break like that? Wow…

  • TristanPR77

    Yes, xbox outsold PS4 on November but it’s like some people want to ignore the fact that PS4 outsold the xbox for 10 consecutive months on 2014.

    Let’s not forget at what cost Microsoft won November and it was by a little margin, not a big one. The price cuts and a the free games while the PS4 has maintained their vision and their price since the beginning.

    PS4 is dominating worldwide and it is good news consoles are doing fine. While 2015 is going to be charged with many exclusives, in my opinion the PS4 has the upper hand for my taste.

    • Mark

      Although I’m on the Xbox, u guys will have a great 2015, no doubt.

    • TristanPR77

      We both are going to enjoy a very good 2015, on PS4 and X1. at the end, fun is what matters.

    • NL37

      You guys are what that gaming community should be.
      Needs more upvotes

    • Mark

      No doubt….all grown men here. Well atleast mature lol

    • Michael Norris

      I wish that was true…you have good and troll folks on each side.

  • Jecht_Sin

    This must be that time over ten that Pachter isn’t completely wrong. ^_^

  • Michael Norris

    ROFL this guy…i swear.I think anyone who’s into gaming understands 2015 is Sony’s year for games.

  • TJ

    yeah ok Pachter

  • Shawn

    Sony guy here, and I still hate Pachter. Guy’s a douche, especially when he calls gamers “baby’s” on


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