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If you go by the popularity of Gaming units, as of Jan 4th 2015, Sony’s PS4 sold 18.5 million units and reached 10.9 million PlayStation Plus subscribers, a growth of 37.9% from October 2014. Despite the massive growth, Sony’s PlayStation is behind Microsoft’s Xbox One, which in November 2014 accelerated its sales due to a $50 price cut, and a bundle of free games. On 28th January 2015, Spotify, the leading music subscription service announced an exclusive partnership with PS4, and offered digital music to 64 million PlayStation Network users. With the announcement, Feb 2015 saw a spike in sales for the PS4 units by 45%.

Which one of the following conclusions is valid for the above statements?

a) PS4, on itself, does not have the brand reach nor the mass following needed to overtake Microsoft’s Xbox One.

b) Demand for Microsoft’s Xbox One declined during Feb 2015

c) Bundling of services has increased the market share for Sony’s PS4

d) Price Cut had a direct impact on sales of Gaming Units

e) Sales of Sony’s PS4 will overtake Microsoft’s Xbox One in 2015

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I'd pick A using POE.
The other answers are ISWATs or inconsistent with the premises.
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With the announcement, Feb 2015 saw a spike in sales for the PS4 units by 45%.

The last line gives clear information that due to bundling , PS4 sales have one up.

Which one of the following conclusions is valid for the above statements?

a) PS4, on itself, does not have the brand reach nor the mass following needed to overtake Microsoft’s Xbox One.
--No it cannot be concluded, could be that PS4 can cross Xbox but will take its own time may be 1 or 2 years or more

b) Demand for Microsoft’s Xbox One declined during Feb 2015
--Cannot say, may be new customers the bracket has changed due to bundle.

c) Bundling of services has increased the market share for Sony’s PS4
--This clearly is a conclusion.

d) Price Cut had a direct impact on sales of Gaming Units
--Cannot generalise with one example

e) Sales of Sony’s PS4 will overtake Microsoft’s Xbox One in 2015
--Cannot say
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New post 25 Sep 2016, 09:11
A) correct. As stated in the passage, on its own sales of PS4 could not surpass Xbox One (the fact that Xbox cut prices to boost sales did not alter this fact)
B) incorrect. There's no mention of this info in the passage.
C) incorrect. Increased sales does not equal increased market shares.
D) incorrect. Xbox One did employ price cut but it also included free games to boost sales.
E) incorrect. Prediction is not valid in this case.
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The answer is A which can be inferred from the premises.
All other options are a step further from the premises
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PS4, on itself, does not have the brand reach nor the mass following needed to overtake Microsoft’s Xbox One. IS ALMOST SAYING THE SAME AS THE PREMISE: Despite the massive growth, Sony’s PlayStation is behind Microsoft’s Xbox One
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If you go by the popularity of Gaming units, as of Jan 4th 2015, Sony’s PS4 sold 18.5 million units and reached 10.9 million PlayStation Plus subscribers, a growth of 37.9% from October 2014. Despite the massive growth, Sony’s PlayStation is behind Microsoft’s Xbox One, which in November 2014 accelerated its sales due to a $50 price cut, and a bundle of free games. On 28th January 2015, Spotify, the leading music subscription service announced an exclusive partnership with PS4, and offered digital music to 64 million PlayStation Network users. With the announcement, Feb 2015 saw a spike in sales for the PS4 units by 45%.

Which one of the following conclusions is valid for the above statements?

a) PS4, on itself, does not have the brand reach nor the mass following needed to overtake Microsoft’s Xbox One.

b) Demand for Microsoft’s Xbox One declined during Feb 2015

c) Bundling of services has increased the market share for Sony’s PS4

d) Price Cut had a direct impact on sales of Gaming Units

e) Sales of Sony’s PS4 will overtake Microsoft’s Xbox One in 2015



OA is D

A -> incorrect -> no info about brands
B -> incorrect -> no info given
c -> increase in sell of products does not imply increase in market share -> incorrect
e - > out of scope
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New post 23 Mar 2017, 05:40
C - no correlation between volume of sales and market share is mentioned in the article, thus it is out of scope
D - is a rare example of unstated assumption in inference questions since we are not told that Microsoft success in 2014 was due to price cuts however this is the closest to be true option.
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With the announcement, Feb 2015 saw a spike in sales for the PS4 units by 45%.

The last line gives clear information that due to bundling , PS4 sales have one up.

Which one of the following conclusions is valid for the above statements?

a) PS4, on itself, does not have the brand reach nor the mass following needed to overtake Microsoft’s Xbox One.
--No it cannot be concluded, could be that PS4 can cross Xbox but will take its own time may be 1 or 2 years or more

b) Demand for Microsoft’s Xbox One declined during Feb 2015
--Cannot say, may be new customers the bracket has changed due to bundle.

c) Bundling of services has increased the market share for Sony’s PS4
--This clearly is a conclusion.

d) Price Cut had a direct impact on sales of Gaming Units
--Cannot generalise with one example

e) Sales of Sony’s PS4 will overtake Microsoft’s Xbox One in 2015
--Cannot say



If XBOX's sales increase more than PS4's sales, then C is wrong.
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Microsoft???s Xbox One, which in November 2014 accelerated its sales due to a $50 price cut, and a bundle of free games.

I initially thought the answer would be D, but switched to another thinking that the sale of Xbox One may be accelerated due to direct impact of free games and price cut may play an indirect role. Is it possible?
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what is the best strategy to deal with this special kind of question?
It is because there are many numbers in the passage alone.
In options, there are different ideas.
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New post 29 Jun 2017, 07:00
My 2 cents:
In each option, ones will realize distinct idea is discussed.
A,E are out because I do not believe the company will be overtaken based on information from the passage.
B talks about decreasing demands, C talks about increasing market shares, D talks about price cut. => B is wrong
D is more vivid.
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I cant rule out option C, i thought bundling of services "digital music to 64 million user" might have increased the sale to 45% and thus increasing the market share...Can anyone help me
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I cant rule out option C, i thought bundling of services "digital music to 64 million user" might have increased the sale to 45% and thus increasing the market share...Can anyone help me

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c) Bundling of services has increased the market share for Sony’s PS4

Yes, sales of PS4 may have increased, but if sales of Microsoft’s Xbox One increased by a larger amount, market share for Sony's PS4 would not have increased. We cannot conclude choice (C) without further information.

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Spike in sales for PS4 might not indicate an increase in market share, however the increase in sales also directs additional consumers must have been included which is not mentioned in the statement.
If the additional consumers were not available then the spike in sales should be accommodated by compromising the XBox's market share. Hence my assumption was option C.
Please advise on this view.
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New post 05 Jul 2017, 10:43
This is a tricky question as it contains a large amount of date which can irk us .
The choice is between C and D
we cannot say 100% positively that the market share of PS4 increased compared with xbox.
The sales of the PS4 have increase but it might so happen that there are other companies selling their own games who have lost their market .
Only option D is inferred properly from the argument.
Hence answer is D
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