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Could Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo All Suffer The Same Fate?

With the recent announcements of the PS4 and the confirmation of the Next Xbox, the complete next generation of console gaming is close upon us. While the Wii U is being met with mixed reactions, one could wonder if The Big Three game companies could all suffer the same fate together.

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1758d ago Replies(3)
Godmars2901758d ago

If next gen is a step by step FPS, post-apocalypse, realistic and gritty repeat of this one at the very least there's not going to be any growth or change.

oof461758d ago

The one hurdle that all these companies have to overcome is convincing their userbase to spend $500 - $600 on a new system and games. For the cash strapped parent or adult, this can be a bit much to ask while there are still great games coming and a vast library available for current gen systems.

Now there are loyalists and the hardcore who will buy it day one, but for each system to gain momentum, they need the mass market to make the switch.

chadboban1757d ago

Geez finally someone is thinking on a larger scale here. Sure we(gamers who pay attention to gaming news) are all excited for "next-gen" consoles, but the fact is most consumers don't even know what the term "next-gen" even means. Pricing is also crucial here, just because a lot of folks here are willing to shell out $500 for a new system doesn't mean the average person will be willing to do the same.

I will say one thing, Sony was extremely smart to name their system the PS4. It's much easier for the average person to not get confused by that like they can with a name like Wii U, Nintendo wouldn't have such a hard time getting the message to consumers that it's a new system if they had just put a number at the end instead of an additional letter.

Jaqen_Hghar1757d ago

A man would remind you that not many people have been early adopters on PS3, 360, or WiiU. These consoles have legged it out. They do most of their sales after a price cut or two so the "average" consumer won't pay $500, they'll pay $400 or $350 after a year or two and the console will continue on a stride from their. There's a sales curve with consoles as the Wii is the exception that proves this rule.

specialagent45321757d ago

help me understand why the price of a console matters so much. Meaning we buy useless things at exorbitant prices like tablets (is just a smartphone only with a bigger screen minus the phone capabilities). A fountain really is pretty yes but it sure wastes water. E-readers really the smartphone is already capable of ebooks and emagazines. So yes I don't understand why $500.00 or $600.00 is too much for a console. I mean really expects the PS4 to cost less than $500.00 :'(.

oof461756d ago

The average parent who does not game does not know the difference between consoles. One time while browsing the electronics section at Sears during the ps2's heyday. I saw a parent buy a ps1 and a copy of Gran Turismo 3 for the ps2. The sales person told the mom they weren't compatible and that she would need to buy a ps2. She saw the price tag and promptly put everything back.

So, yes, price matters.

LOL_WUT1758d ago

I think Nintendo made their own fate. Sales wise yeah their might be a slow start but in the end it all comes down to who has the better software. ;)

BattleAxe1757d ago

"Could Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo All Suffer The Same Fate?"

These low IQ questions bore me.

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