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Game Console Wars Heat Up as Sony Plays its Hand with new 4K and HDR Capable Hardware

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Report Summary:

It is not at all unusual for console manufacturers to redesign their hardware mid-lifecycle to reduce their footprint, make it more energy efficient, and reduce costs; however, both Sony and Microsoft are taking it a step further and introducing new high-end video game consoles mid-lifecycle; banking on console gamers accepting a shorter innovation cycle. With the console wars heating-up this Report examines the strengths and weakness of the newest entries and their impact on the market.

Table of Contents

1.       Executive Summary

2.       Introduction

3.       PlayStation 4 Slim

3.1     What’s New

3.2     Why This Matters

4.       PlayStation 4 Pro

4.1     What’s New

4.2     Why This Matters

5.       Conclusion

Exhibit 1: PlayStation Lifecycle

Exhibit 2: Console Cross Ownership – PS3 HHs that Own an Xbox 360

Exhibit 3: PlayStation 4 Slim Vs. Xbox One S

Exhibit 4: 4K and HDR TV Households Globally

Exhibit 5: North American Home Video Revenues – Physical Media vs. Digital Media

Exhibit 6: Cumulative Video Game Consoles Shipped Globally

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