Microsoft Has “An Inferiority Complex,” Says Pachter – Xbox Scorpio May Launch Earlier Than Expected
Since the reveal of PlayStation 4 Pro console earlier last month, many analysts have shared their opinion trying to evaluate how the launch of Sony’s high-end console, which packs upgraded hardware for delivering 4K gaming and true virtual reality experience with smoother, more stable frame rates, will affect Microsoft’s plans, as the American platform holder itself is looking forward to introducing a mid-generation upgrade, currently known as Xbox Scorpio, to its eighth generation Xbox One console. Among these analysts is Michael Pachter, who recently shared some more of his thoughts on the topic.
The well-known Wedbush Securities analyst sat down with DailyStar to talk about the new, more powerful video game machines from the two gaming giants. Pachter stated that he was undoubtedly surprised with Sony’s decision to bring the PlayStation 4 Pro to the market this year. In addition to the console’s price and specifications, he was quite impressed by the way Sony branded it.
"Pro is very smart branding, it's clear we all understand that, we all understand it's a more expensive model. It's a PS4 Pro. I get it. Someone asked me did I think there's potential for confusion among consumers. Now I’d say absolutely not. If they called it PlayStation Neo, its like Wii-U, we didn't know if that was a different console - it should have been called Wii-2.”
Moving on, Pachter then talked about the Xbox side of things, giving an interesting perspective on the current standing of Microsoft. According to Pachter, since the American platform holder is already quite far behind in its homeland, it is having an inferiority complex. The company, he suggests, wouldn’t care about following a lead now, instead one thing it would care about is selling enough consoles and capturing a good chunk of the market.
"I don’t know if it matters to Microsoft if they’re in second place. I think it matters to them if they sell 20 million units fewer than they should. Somebody is going to win and somebody is going to lose. If the winner and loser was 100 million vs 90 million I don't think anybody cares. But if its 100 million vs 50 million I think Microsoft cares, because they know if there are 150 million consoles sold, they should at least have made a valiant effort to capture half of that.
I think that's the problem with being second and I think Microsoft has an inferiority complex right now that they're so far behind. They’re behind in the US, which never happened before, they didn't expect that at all."
Pachter also pointed out that Microsoft may not be in the best position to bring Xbox Scorpio to the market this year, but in order to cut short the gap and regain some market shares, the company could accelerate things and launch their upcoming console earlier than expected. Xbox Scorpio is slated to launch in late 2017, during the holiday season.
"We don’t know if [Project Scorpio] is a year. One would think they’re going to move that forward as fast as they can ... accelerate Scorpio, I think that's the only thing they can do."
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