Google’s algorithms are so complex, far reaching, and ever evolving that they have the capability to collapse our entire collective consciousness into one simple set of ideas. Take A look at what Google is saying about the Next-Gen Consoles
Make my own choice when I see more information.
You know what's weird? I can't see where Google predicts any such thing. As I use Google Adwords, I had a look at their tools. I searched stats for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox 720 globally without any language restrictions to see what type of data Google spit out regarding how often these terms are searched for. According to Google, monthly searches for the PS4 versus Xbox 720 during the past 12 averaged out equally at 823,000 searches each month. So how did this site figure out that Xbox 720 was the most popular search? That's not what Google's analytics tools are showing me. So how did they get their results? It would have been nice if they had explained how they came by these numbers, and posted numbers instead of percentages. Something else I found interesting is that by far, "PS3" crushed all the other search terms. Over the past 12 months, globally the term "PS3" was searched for 55.6 million times every month. By comparison, Xbox 360 was searched an average of 30.4 million times every month. PS4 and Xbox 720 hardly register as a blip against the current gen consoles. Have a look at the screenshot I took of the results. Read into it what you will but as I said, I'd be interested to see how this site came up with their results. Simply checking to see how often PS4/Xbox 720 was searched globally during the past 12 months certainly doesn't back up their claim. http://itzyinteractive.com/...
it did that because googles internal results are different than that of your results. google has been putting us in information bubbles for about 3 years now, meaning your search results are different than mine. and its not just determined by your location. google is giving you search results that have the highest likelyhood to get you to see pages with their adsense installed. personalized by your attributes and your tendancy to look at certain types of pages. google is an information beast and its scary how much information they have on the general public just from interpolation. so in short your google search results are provided by algorithms that are personalized by what it thinks are your interests and it never asks if you want to see outside your bubble. Best described in its entirety here: http://www.ted.com/talks/el...
ehhh judging by my 3+ RROD this gen , MS can go to hell with the 720.
Did you even pay attention to the screenshot? Those aren't personalized search results, those are the statistics provided by Google Analytics/AdWords.
@Autodidactdystopia atleast look at the screenshot
["google is giving you search results that have the highest likelyhood to get you to see pages with their adsense installed. personalized by your attributes and your tendancy to look at certain types of pages. "] Does that means that the article originator's results was biased by Google based on his own habits? Interesting fact!
Here is the results from Google Trends: playstation vs xbox: Xbox dominating http://www.google.com/trend... playstation 3 vs xbox 360: xbox again dominating http://www.google.com/trend... playstation 4 vs xbox 720: playstation used to dominate, but Xbox overtook (note, the next xbox is often reffered to as durango, xbox loop, xbox infinity, xbox next i.e. no clear cut like playstation 4) http://www.google.com/trend... @darkride66: Your data doesn't seem right at all, because global and local search data is the same? Also, the next Xbox has many different names, but the Playstation is pretty specific.
What is that GoogleAdwords image showing? It's impossible that ps4 and xbox 720 would have the same number of hits and that local and global searches would be equivalent. The results also seem very low considering the amount of owners and prospective owners of the consoles there are. nukeitall's links are much better and the point about the naming of the nextbox will definitely skew results massively as it has many different names which could be searched.
I find it absurd that people think the 720 will be a games console. look at the 360 right now, it's a TV settop box they have added 150 tv channels to it right now. the 4 games for the 360 have all being released the rest are 3rd party games. and in the last 6 months has been turned into a 5 to 10 years old gaming device with kencit MS just turned windows OS into a phone/tablet OS, that's been an utter mess for MS and any company trying to sell a PC desktop/laptop/notebook etc. The Winphone sales just isn't happening due to people not being interested. Nokia isn't selling enough win phones to keep afloat. Office has just been turned into a touch screen phone app for the desktop. and people think MS will do the 720 as a console. So I just don't see the 720 doing much other than probably be another win8 phone/tablet device OS that some people will attempt to call a console.
So how did this site figure out that Xbox 720 was the most popular search? Maybe there was 1 extra search on the 720 searches in statics that usually means 99% of the world's population is only searching for that item/thing/product.
@Autodidactdystopia You are wrong. It is nothing to do with customised results (which only AFAIK happens when you are logged in). The data he is providing is for searches ran. It matters not if you get websites A, B and C and the other poster gets websites D, E and F. You _both_ would have used the same search term. That is the data here - nothing to do with how many results there were or what was in those results.
Lol @Autodidactdystopia for being a tinfoil hat wearer XD GOOGLE IS INFORMATION BEAST! IT WILL INVADE YOUR VERRRRY MINNNND....So scary people. The Beast!
Who'd have guessed that the Wii would have been the best selling console of the last 5 years; back in 2006? Who'd have guessed that the 360 would have been such a commercial success, after the original Xbox failed to make back it's R&D budget? Who'd have guessed that Sony would gone on to develop the best selling console of all-time (PS2), back when they were in talks with Nintendo to create CD peripherals for the N64? No one, that's who. Google are no different. Every new generation is a lottery, some falter whilst some strike gold.
@nukeitall: Obviously "xbox" and "xbox 360" dominate over "playstation" because very few people search for PS3 information by typing out "playstation". "xbox" gets credit for a search when "xbox 360" is searched, as well. If you wait a fair comparison, you have to compare what people actually search against. Try "ps3" instead of "playstation" or "playstation 3". "ps3" dominates "xbox 360", just like "xbox" dominates "playstation". But "ps3" and "xbox" are almost dead even. This isn't rocket science. You have to know what people typically type when trying to get information on those two subjects and then compare those things.
I completely agree with you. These search results prove nothing. Even if these statistics are true, it does not provides a reason for the searches being conducted. We can use the figures from search results for PS3 to claim that PS4 will dominate next-gen because of its increasing popularity. We can also say that PS3 was able to eliminate the sales gap between both consoles despite launching a year late so it will be popular next-gen as well. Even if the search results really do mean that XBOX 720 is more popular thought right now, we cannot predict anything until both companies reveal their consoles. Public opinion can change very quickly based on new information. Finally predicting future accurately is impossible for anybody, even Google or the most powerful supercomputer in the world. Therefore this article is only looking for hits with its headline and serves no other purpose.
Anyone who thinks XBX3 will NOT dominate in America next gen is delusional, that's just too obvious X360 -> XBX3 transition will be the same as PS1->PS2 So, in the end is going to be something like this: XBX3 = America Wii-U = Japan PS4 = Europe? ... IF GT6 comes out in less than 5 years, say launch window or 2nd year after release... Why I'm saying this? simple: X360 "Power" = Live -> this will make people upgrade to next HW that comes with this service "Weakness" = Japan + Places where Live service is not equal to the American one = Japan + Europe, excluding UK Wii-U "Power" = Mario and First Parties "Weakness" = Online Service, because it's playing catch-up with PSN which is playing catch-up with Live PS4 "Power" = GT Brand + Uncharted + GOW + Free Online "Weakness" = not strong market compared to the other 2, now it's catching up only with X360, but before that it was going against X360 + Wii PSN is not the powerhouse Live is and it doesn't have the strenght to make people upgrade to the next gen system the same way Live will do for MS PS4 will not have Backward Compatibility, meaning that ALL you Bought from the Store will not be available in your PS4, meawhile MS will make sure that your account and everything on it will be available on the XBX3 And if people think it's not an issue, BC made PS2 an easy purchase and IF the PS3 wasn't $600, it could have done the same for that console, a PS4 missing PS2+PS3 games will be as LAME as people with PSP UMDs that can't be played in the Vita...
@Mounce Don't be an idiot. There is no tinfoil hat bull with what Autodidactdystopia is saying. Google is collecting data on everyone. It happens automatically. That's how google's servers work. Why do you think ads come up based upon what you recently viewed or searched? The thing here is that google doesn't collect specific information. They don't give a damn about your personal lives. They want the overall information of what everyone is searching to apply it to trends etc. Think of it as you taking a survey that you're not aware of taking.
@ Autodidactdystopia that was an awesome video... I have often felt that search results are filtered, but this explained it in an amazing way... thanks.. As far as on this topic, I don't know if the results of the search on PS4 and 720 are accurate or not, -but to me it doesn't matter because I will base my decision off of what I see when they present the systems... As I'm sure most people will do the same.. Nothing will sell the systems better then showing something amazing.. Searching for info on a system that's not even out and has an real info out to base a buying decision on, is the silliest way of telling which one will sell more... (there is no real way to tell at this point) -Not until we actually see something. .____........___...____ .____||......||.......____|| ||.........___||.......____||
Google can't predict ANY of the important factors; price, hardware, games, etc. Reported article as lame.
I just imagined Sony's response to this! response!: lol - "try me!"
Did you filter by category, "Games Console"? Your findings were correct, but it's in how you search. Junk in, Junk out. To properly gather data from any of Google's tools, you have to know how to use Google. For example some people do not know that under the Local column, the results mean U.S. And global means global. There are so many nuances to using Google's information. This is too why so many sites fail with their SEO. They are not targeting correctly because of faulty searches. Aside from that. Your finding are correct. But check again and filter by Video games Console or something similar. PS4 does not always stand for Playstation 4. PS4 could be part of a serial number, book index, cart part #. The list goes on and on. The site just provides the findings and adds commentary. Findings that were researched over a couple of weeks and graphs that depicted as accurately and as PLAINLY the results.
First of all GOOGLE said NOTHING. Also if rumors are true google tv might come with the ps4 which would be a big blow to Microsoft. Why are xbox fanboys happy about this? Do they want MS to have a monopoly on core gamers? Microsoft acts like a monopoly when it comes to the xbox already arrogantly developing the same ip's for the past 3 years. Now wonder how many they will make if they were a monopoly?
"Will Crush" come on, gtfo with your flamebait article. I wont denny it'll be a close competition... but will crush... just no
Research makes my brain hurt...the site gave us a pretty graph without any real information which is much more user friendly in today's fast paced world of instant mac and cheese and hour long trips to starbucks...don't you know how to be a journalist today?
@nukeitall Honestly, I don't know many people who use the full word "playstation" for their searches anymore. http://www.google.com/trend... or for "Xbox360" without the gap: http://www.google.com/trend... I know the 2nd link is probably unrealistic, since it just comes naturally to put a gap inbetween the "x" & "3". Kind of shows how results can be skewed. ----------------------------- ------------------- As for the PS4 & Xbox 720, here are the results: http://www.google.com/trend... I wouldn't call that a massive gap, but yeah it looks like 720 had more searches apart from 2011.
I don't see how any level headed indivdual could believe otherwise. I mean, it's a really tough sell. In 2005 the Xbox was a non-factor, now it has unseated the Playstation for brand recognition. The emergence of Microsoft in the console race, going from zero to hero, and Sony's fall from dominance indicate that next gen we'll see the gap between the two increase. Not to mention Sony's troubling financial situation. Sorry, I don't care how good Uncharted 4 is, if Sony can't keep their credit rating out of the current "junk" status that this isn't a company I want to invest $500 into. A better article would be, "Will PS4 be Sony's last console?"
Microsoft didn't go from zero to hero. PS3 and 360 are tied in sales, which means the PS3 is ending up in second place while Microsoft is gonna be last once again.
@NeverEnding1989 In 2005 the Xbox was a non-factor, now it has unseated the Playstation for brand recognition. Yes maybe in the states but here in Europe (except the UK) nobody cares for the Xbox. Playstation is still king in europe. Plus people are not that stupid here in europe to buy a console that dies on you(RROD)and still buy another one, and paying 50 euro to play online when everybody else let you play for free (psn,nintendo, pc). The only thing that sels an xbox in europe and i think every where else is the fact that it is very easy to hake like the ps2 at the time. Plus next gen they will have more competition from valve when they release their console steam.
@ DarkZane Yes microsoft did go from zero to hero. the ps2 had 150 million units sold last gen with xbox around 28 million. this gen according to vgchartz 360 has 72.3 million units while ps3 has 70.3 million units. the fact that msoft minimally tied sony let alone is beating them in sales as of now is extraordinary. dont even mention nintendo- they have 100 million units sold with the wii- very impressive considering gamecube sold only around 20 million last gen. ultimately in sales i dont see ps3 or xbox 360 having a major advantage over one another- ill call it a tie, but to be 100% honest xbox improved- nintendo improved- sony did not improve coming from the persective ps2 has 150 million units sold. the ps3 is dissapointing terms of success when compared to ps2. im sorry but its the truth- sony no longer dominates the market like it once did. it has great exclusives and games- but in terms of business they have to do better
@strifeblade ****this gen according to vgchartz 360 has 72.3 million units while ps3 has 70.3 million units.**** you lost every credibility when talked about numbers from vgchartes from both sony and ms :. PS3 hits 70m to go neck-and-neck with Xbox 360 http://www.computerandvideo... by vgchartes logic (if they had any) since they tied in sales ps3 didn't sell one single console while xbox sold 3m world wide ?!lol WTF is going on in that site if there is any one can believe vgchartes ... then he's just a tool or dumb should i trust Vgchartes or should i trust the owners them self ?! hmmmmmmmm... tough question;)
@NeverEnding1989 Lets wait and see the "end of life" sales figures of the PS3 against the Xbox360 (wink, wink). Going by the PS2 strength (which is still going) you are in for even an bigger surprise son.
You really would have to remove all the RROD send backs as these end up getting fixed up and sent back out. Which MS calls a sale, which in the real world isn't a sale at all. at best MS probably only has around 40 to 50 million consoles at people's home around the world the rest will be in dumps and warehouses waiting for something to be done to them. MS just had it's first reported non profit this year, in other words MS in 2012 didn't make any money and lost money overall for the year. In Australia the stores used to push the 360 now they push the ps3 because it's the only console that is selling and has plenty of new games coming out all the time. In fact the PS3 part is the largest out of all the sections in the eb game stores.