Xbox One game sales are expected to rise by over 15% in 2017 in part thanks to Microsoft's new high-end Xbox One X system.
Microsoft's latest premium $499 Xbox One X system will catalyze game sales on the Xbox One family of consoles throughout 2017, analyst firm FutureSource Consulting forecasts. According to FutureSource, total Xbox One game sales are expected to rise by 17% to 70 million throughout 2017 with the bulk of game sales happening in Q4 to coincide with the Xbox One X's launch. PS4 game sales are expected to only jump by 3%, however Sony expects to sell 18 million more PS4 units in the fiscal year ending March 2018, bringing the total sales to 68 million units.
The adoption of 4K UHD television sets is also growing, likely sparked by more 4K entertainment options as well as the range of new 4K-enabled video games consoles such as Microsoft's $249 Xbox One S and it's new $399 Xbox One X, and Sony's $399 PlayStation 4 Pro.
4K UHDTVs made up 25% of all televisions sold in 2016, FutureSource reports, and the adoption of 4K TVs is expected to rise 38% in 2017 to account for more than a third of all TVs sold.
Microsoft, however, expects to sell more of its cheaper $249 Xbox One S models than the new premium Xbox One X model throughout the year.
Xbox division head Phil Spencer also confirms that the Xbox One X was built to push more developers to target 4K, and thus build up the 4K UHD adoption rate.
"I wanted to make sure that as this console comes out, that it helps build an install base and more developers are targeting 4K as an output for their games," Phil Spencer said in a recent interview with Giant Bomb.
Microsoft's new high-end Xbox One X console will release on November 7, 2017 for $499.