NBA 2K13 was the top title, outselling last year's game by over 60% in both dollars and units, but it didn't help offset steep declines overall.
When is NPD going to realize their numbers don't matter as much anymore....and that the money is going digital even quicker than many believed?
core gamers who are the life line of the video game industry wants a mass upgrade over existing hd console. gamers want xbox 720 and ps4.
Well said dude...7 years of the same hardware is considered dinosaur age in the tech world and games are starting to all feel the same with minimal improvement. Its gotten so bad for me that I was not excited about HALO 4 and I am not excited about GTA 5 because I know that we wont see much improvement from the previous games. If MS or Sony do not announce a next gen console E3 2013 I am giving up gaming and start a new hobbie.
@Sinner101GR: Digital is no where near as important as physical media on consoles. Not yet and not for a long time.
The issue is that gamers are becoming smarter and more prudent with their purchases(buying used, waiting for prices to drop, waiting for GOTY editions, holding out for Black Friday/Cyber Monday, only spending $60 on titles that offer a tremendous amount of value such as Halo 4)
NPD needs to get its shit together and start releasing monthly or even weekly digital reports.
I think sales will continue to drag because many gamers aren't excited anymore
I'm sure November will be a bit better.
I think Halo 4 should boost the numbers a little, but there is an overly abundance of games. I don't bother buying new games now (except for Halo 4), cause I can't finish my old ones. I have a fat backlog, majority whom will never be played.
If your never gunna play them, then can I have em? :D
Because of the saturation of the market
I think it's a combination of many things: the slower economy, an increase in digital sales, and people holding off for next generation.
Bubbles up. That's right, and I hate how people always say gaming is dying because people are tired of crap and decide not to waste money on crap. They expect gamers to just keep throwing $60 at crap all the time? LOL, I don't think so. Also, like you mentioned, digital sales is playing a big part in the purchases of many gamers, especially on PC.
Feels like Console gamers are moving to PC
Not at all. I think the realities are the console market for this generation is more or less at saturation level. think about it, you have over 70million units sold for both the 360 and PS3 and the Wii at basically 100million units. That is a massive amount of consoles compared to the previous gen. Couple that with 2 of these pieces of hardware being in their expected last year and the Wii already on its way out. Consumers tend not to want to buy hardware that is being phased out.
I'd agree with that logic if multi-console owners didn't exist, but they do, so you can't just add the number of consoles together to reach a saturation point. 360 owners can still buy a PS3 and PS3 owners can still buy a 360. None of the regions are close to saturation point just yet. It's all about whether the consoles offer compelling games even after the new generation has started. These numbers reflect the normal trends when new hardware is announced and expectations of next gen consoles rise. What follows is a slowing down of sales, yes, but a gradual increase of sales to the 'real' saturation point over the coming years. Remember, the PS2 has sold over 25 million units since the PS3 released. Even when the next generation is launched, the 360 and the PS3 could still reach 100 million each.
The guy is a troll. Don't feed him All his comments are ridiculous and complete bull. He wants the attention, don't give it to him.
Because console games graphics are not getting better anymore (at best minor improvements, no big jumps), so unless you already played all the games you want from the last year or 2, why pay full price for new games?
Of course sales are down for October. Have you seen the releases for November??? It is clear that many were waiting for this month to buy. Also, the holiday shopping season is approaching.
Wasn't that the same situation last year?
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