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Why Microsoft Will Win The Next Generation

Microsoft have always been a contending force in the gaming industry, ever since they emerged onto the scene with the original Xbox in the early 2000’s. While the original Xbox wasn’t nearly as successful as the PS2, it held its own and pushed forward, creating amazing titles such as Halo, and with Xbox Live, becoming the dominant online gaming system, a title that still holds true to this day. With all this in mind, I am predicting that Microsoft will have the best selling, most popular system next generation. Why? Read on to find out.

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ShugaCane1146d ago

Which paragraph was not sarcastic ? I probably missed it.

majiebeast1146d ago

"It’s not just RPG’s either. Look at Forza. Forza 2 sold over 2 million, Forza 3 sold almost 3 million, and Forza 4 sold almost 2 million. Compared to the likes of Gran Turismo, which sold a little over 2 million overall. Or, compare it to the likes of Motorstorm. The original Motorstorm sold 1.5 Million, Motorstorm: Pacific Rift didn’t even crack half a million, and Motorstorm: Apocalypse never even touched a quarter million."

I would say so or this guy is huffing too much paint thinner.

NeverEnding19891146d ago

Damage control! Save it for the 21st you guys (every person commenting so far).

majiebeast1146d ago (Edited 1146d ago )

XBOX DEFENSE FORCE ASSEMBLE!

Only Neverending,Green and Jekporkins show up.

Jekporkins logic MURICA is the world.

Lucreto1146d ago

GT 4 sold 2.25m in the US. 4.24m in Europe with a total for 8.89m globally.

Forza 2 sold 4.00m
Forza 3 sold 5.36m
Forza 4 sold 3.95m
Forza: Horizon sold 1.34m so far

If it funny how he ignores Europes figures. GT is a huge franchise in Europe which he seems to ignore.

MikeMyers1146d ago (Edited 1146d ago )

People need to consider that this is obviously in relation to the U.S.A. All the sales the writer used were not worldwide. In that case Microsoft could do good again in that area. It will be interesting if they even launch the new system in Japan? They just don't like the Xbox brand from the very beginning, doubtful that will change unless they bought Sega, Namco and Capcom. Even then they'd have a tough time.

I imagine this topic will gain lots of traction. Anytime the console wars is outlined in the topic people have knee-jerk reactions.

darthv721146d ago

does each generation have to be about platforms winning and losing?

What happened to the gamers winning from having so many great titles to play from?

Autodidactdystopia1146d ago

Shit no one won this generation. This will be debated for years to come. yet still you all come with your facts and custom perspective to try to reason with people on the internet...

HAHA have fun arguing with a brick wall.

MikeMyers1146d ago (Edited 1146d ago )

@darth
"why...
does each generation have to be about platforms winning and losing?"

They don't. The real winners are the ones who play any game they choose regardless of which system it's on. I guess some people need to validate their purchase more than others.

Some see it as a sports team cheering them on. How can anyone actually cheer a company on like a sports team? Sony and Nintendo come from Japan, is this an East versus West sports team? I don't know of too many sports teams that have that many of the same players, do you? If 80% (just a guess) of the games on the PS3 and Xbox 360 are the same, play the same, and look the same how can one cheer one more than the other?

It's no secret the worst fans are the Xbox 360 and PS3 camp. Arguing for years over nothing. All because they are marketing the same gamer and each trying to get the others fanbase to cross over. I would like to see more separation from them next generation. You don't need two platforms that are going for the same customer. That's why it's good having Nintendo around. They try to go in a different direction but even they know the importance of 3rd party content. Sadly they just won't be able to compete in that area moving forward. Most of those publishers will not fully exploit the Wii U or even bother releasing games on it.

This is why all eyes will be on the next Xbox. People want to see just how much it will compete with the PS4. Sony fans are waiting anxiously and will put a damper on it as much as they can until then. Xbox 360 fans are excited and also apprehensive. They too want to know what direction Microsoft will take. I have a feeling it will be just like the current generation. Both battling over the same consumer and each side will argue again and declare their system the winner because to some there has to be a winner.

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GalacticEmpire1146d ago

I think he may be serious guys, I'm scared for him.

lol it's pretty funny though, I've read more logical and informed fanboy rants here on N4G.

showtimefolks1146d ago

Lol ok is this meant to be a joke? How did this get approved?

Gt5 is almost or over 10 million
Gt5:p was a demo that sold over 5 million

So one demo and game sold more than lifetime sales of Forza series

Also what does winning mean? This gen ps3 outsold xbox360 from day one yet everyone overlooks that. Ps3 had the best and most exclusive games but guess what 3 games from MS are better than 10-13 different gaming series from Sony

Seriously atleast try. Why can't people accept the fact we had 3 successful consoles?

Next gen we will again have 3 consoles that will sell 50 plus million

So why does one has to win the gen? Competition is the reason Sony brought out so much firepower so if you think that MS winning next gen is so good than get use to halo,forza and gears and not much else

Jek-porkins

Well so the author is giving sale numbers for forza for world wide yet giving sale number for GT only in the USA? How does that make sense? GT or any racing game does better in Europe than here in th US.

Stop trying to defend stealth trolling by this author

Tombinator1146d ago

10 million? I think maybe you might be fluffing those numbers a little don't you think? So didn't you kinda just do the same thing the author did?

ThatCanadianGuy5141146d ago

It was at 9+ million in 2012.I don't imagine it just stopped selling for no reason.

10+ mill isn't farfetched.

Tombinator1146d ago

So basically you guys guess or make up numbers then complain about other people doing the same?

That sounds sooooo Republican

showtimefolks1146d ago

Tombinator

Maybe just maybe you should google world wide sales for GT5, which were confirmed by Sony at over 9 million in 2012

Life time sales at 68 plus million for series, so yeh we make up numbers GT5 at launch did 7 million

Research some before blaming others

Also maybe forza team can learn something about giving some free DLC like PD has done with GT5. Big updates were released long after release and big improvements were made

Now forza is also a great series IMO

I believe GT can learn something from Forza when it comes to onlin community features and Forza can learn that SIM racing is suppose to be SIm not mixture of SIM and Arcady

Dark_Overlord1146d ago

I'd say its pretty possible GT5 has sold over 10 million copies.

As of Sep 2012 GT5 sold 9.19m

http://www.polyphony.co.jp/...

Its now May 2013, that's 8 months later, so it is entirely feasible :)

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dedicatedtogamers1146d ago

Articles like this are why I tend to hate the Xbox culture. I'm not singling out individuals, just the overall culture.

See, I don't know if Microsoft will win next gen. They might! Honestly, they really might!

However, why should we give a flying ****? This isn't 2008. Playing the sales game was cute for a few years. Now it's boring.

Microsoft has more important issues on the table like their reduction of hardcore exclusives, their backing out on being THE Jrpg console like they first attempted, hiking the cost of XBL without adding any significant features, their shift of focus to the casual crowd, their shift in focus to being a "media center", their lack of investment in new game engines or new IPs or new middleware for developers, their backing out on being THE indie console like they attempted, the possibility that they'll DRM-lock every game you buy with an always-online requirement, whether or not they'll repeat their accessory price hiking with the NextBox like they did with the 360...the list goes on.

And yet, the Xbox crowd feels the desperate, desperate need to announce to the world "hey guize! MS gonna win next gen! XBLA 4EVR BROS!"

darthv721146d ago

your dislike for the xbox culture didnt take an article to reveal that. You willingly showed it through the body of your post.

you have to understand that the delusional dont speak for the rational. There are just as delusional fans of one side as there are another.

It takes great restraint and character to stand in the middle and not let either side get to you.

I enjoy the industry as a whole and feel very fortunate to be able to participate with those who can embrace both the good with the bad. It cant always be one side or the other. There has to be a balance.

mayberry1146d ago (Edited 1146d ago )

@dedicatedtogamers- Well said.

Tetsujin1145d ago

@ Dedicated

I agree 100%; it was funny and entertaining with the whole "Sales" arguments however anymore it's rehashed arguments, and "What if" statistics. I've mentioned multiple times; all these people arguing over sales must be share holders in these companies because that's all they talk about anymore. I remember when 100K was good to sell a game, now if something doesn't break 2+ million opening night (According to the fanbase) it's considered a failure; yet the company themselves says they made profit, however the conspiracy theorists will argue "invalid information."

nukeitall1145d ago (Edited 1145d ago )

@dedicatedtogamers:

I find it ironic and hipocritical of you to call out one side, while ignoring the other such as Sony or Nintendo (whom essentially is barely doing anything at all).

Let's face it, you know virtually nothing about the next Xbox nor how MS shift (assuming it happens) will affect the core games.

You should really look at the facts:

"their reduction of hardcore exclusives,"

But those few IPs are heavy hitting, indicating demand as it is.

"their backing out on being THE Jrpg console like they first attempted,"

The sales were abysmal. Perhaps you should look in the mirror and ask why?

"hiking the cost of XBL without adding any significant features,"

One word, "inflation" and no, MS did introduce a lot more features such as beacon, internet explorer, party chat, and so on.

Also, MS actually pays employees to monitor the network and report to consumers, has their own division to manage the Xbox Live community that you yourself can reach. That is a huge cost, and I don't see the competitor have that.

"their shift of focus to the casual crowd,"

Whoever MS focuses on isn't really important. In the end, it is what they offer i.e. if they offer me plenty of games and want to expand their casual audience, why is that a problem?

That is just a fanboy excuse.

"their lack of investment in new game engines or new IPs or new middleware for developers"

That is completely false as MS has the most built out API of the three console manufacturers for just about anything and they are very convenient to use. Why do you think it is easier to program for?

Let me put it like this, the documentation isn't in Japanese (if it even exist on other consoles), and there are hooks for everything.

MS sends out engineers and put their teams on helping third party. Sony didn't do this until competitive pressure appeared from MS.

I cannot see how you are saying MS isn't developing middleware or investing in new game engines.

New IPs has been funded by MS through third party developers with some success i.e. Alan Wake for instance, but consumers just prefer sequels. If you look at MS new IP strategy and to some extent Sony't they haven't been that successful.

If you care about games, you should care about how the business operates as well. If business don't succeed, then there are no games either!

nukeitall1145d ago (Edited 1145d ago )

"their backing out on being THE indie console like they attempted,"

so what?

Why aren't you asking why isn't Sony or Nintendo doing *anything* at all about indie games?

Just one fact proves this:

Who but MS has free development tools and self publishing rights, complete self-ownership of ip and self pricing control for $100?

Sony? Nope, requires several thousand dollar dev kit if Sony deems you worthy. Nintendo? Nope, even more strict!

This is most definitely a fanboy mis-information propaganda.

"the possibility that they'll DRM-lock every game you buy with an always-online requirement,"

This is just a rumor, that has internal emails leaked that shows that this is false, but people would rather censor that and want you to believe that isn't the case:

http://arstechnica.com/gami...

In fact, at this point it is Sony who has flip flopped on the issue, but nobody talks about that.

In the media MS has received some serious bad press due to a *rumor*.

"whether or not they'll repeat their accessory price hiking with the NextBox like they did with the 360."

MS offers their stuff at whatever the market can bear and that is important, because MS needs to fund their business like every one else.

However, the same question applies to Sony as well, such as the memory card for PS Vita or the exorbitant price for PSP Go.

... or why isn't the Playstation crowd asking, why is there a need for 8GB GDDR5 or how much is that cost especially if I might not need it?

Point being, you set yourself on one side, complaining about the other and in some cases ignoring facts!

In addition, the problem isn't MS. They are doing exactly what the market wants. I'm sorry, but MS isn't in to the niche sales thing, and I doubt Sony is either. They just haven't shown their hands yet!

dedicatedtogamers1145d ago

@ nuketail

While I'm flattered by not one, but two gigantic posts in response to my own, you'll notice that this article is about Microsoft, Microsoft's future plans, and no one else's.

Here's a tip: first to scream "fanboy" loses. And guess what? You lost already.

nukeitall1145d ago

@dedicatedtogamers:

Ah, I see. You are one of them people without a proper response, then just claim victory.

I guess you win, because I got baited into thinking you were serious at debating, but instead trolled me into wasting my time. Well played!

That's ok, you go hang out with your biased friends here on n4g patting each other on the back. The rest of the world moves on as nothing ever happened.

MrBeatdown1143d ago (Edited 1143d ago )

"Why aren't you asking why isn't Sony or Nintendo doing *anything* at all about indie games?

Just one fact proves this:

Who but MS has free development tools and self publishing rights, complete self-ownership of ip and self pricing control for $100?

Sony? Nope, requires several thousand dollar dev kit if Sony deems you worthy. Nintendo? Nope, even more strict!

This is most definitely a fanboy mis-information propaganda."

****

I know this is a little old, but wow. This is some funny stuff.

Nuke demands some response to his two comment term paper, but he doesn't even have his facts right.

Just this week, Sony lowered their PS Mobile fee to ZERO from $100.

And they have the pub fund program, in which they pay developers royalties up front to support indie game development.

Hell, just this week, the PS Blog previewed three or four indie games.

But no... Nuke acts like Sony does nothing. There's only one explanation for his comments...

"This is most definitely a fanboy mis-information propaganda."

Sounds like he "sets himself on one side, complaining about the other and in some cases ignoring facts!"

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GT671146d ago (Edited 1146d ago )

"WHY MICROSOFT WILL WIN NEXT GEN."

have we not heard enough of this saying??
6 months behind Sony ps4 announcement and we get this
SERIOUSLY??? must be slow day at the office again.

AngelicIceDiamond1145d ago

Hate these articles no matter what side. I guess its somewhat "refreshing" sorta speak that its the other console for change.

It might be a while until Wii U gets one unfortunately. Sony and hopefully MS will have stopping power come next gen.

Both need to survive to satisfy my and other gamers needs.

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antbolton891146d ago

Time to wake up and stop dreaming

NameRemoved00171146d ago

The failbox running a rundown version of windows 8 with online 24/7 and kinect required to be used. Have fun, I'll stick with PC.

jmac531146d ago

Always online required was debunked today.
http://arstechnica.com/gami...
But if course you don't see this anywhere on N4G.

DragonKnight1146d ago

@jmac53: That was an official confirmation, that was an anonymous source. Therefore, not debunked and the real reason why it's not on N4G.

GamersRulz1146d ago (Edited 1146d ago )

an article full of lies...that's not even funny.

WKC sold less than 250K!
Demon's Souls didn't hit 1 million!

and the big on:

Gran Turismo 5 Sold 2 million only!!!!

What a load of crap!

Jek_Porkins1146d ago

Maybe he means in North America? If you trust VGChartz, it has GT5 at 2.25 million in North America.

IRetrouk1146d ago (Edited 1146d ago )

Then why mention worldwide numbers for forza? Even though those numbers are slightly wrong too.

Edit for spelling mistake

P_Bomb1146d ago

He probably means "in the USA", but he never says that though. He says "compared to the likes of Gran Turismo, which sold a little over 2 million overall".

Overall.

Well, no. Overall GT5 sold 9 million + http://www.polyphony.co.jp/... . If that's even the Gran Turismo he's referring to. The article as a whole is misrepresentation run wild. One could just as easily write the same article using Japanese numbers in lieu of American and come to opposite conclusions. Suddenly Demons Souls outsells Fable 3 by a 7-1 ratio. Heck, suddenly Yakuza 4 outsold Halo 4 by 12-1. Dalton's deliberately spinning fractions. Meh article.

spongeboob1146d ago

The author doesn't seem very smart. To date GT5 has sold over 9 million units globally.

http://www.polyphony.co.jp/...

Karpetburnz1145d ago

And that was recorded last year, GT5 could possibly be at 10 million sold by now.

R_aVe_N1146d ago

Wow this article is so full of fail I don't even know if he was being serious or not. Either he is just trolling or on some really good drugs.

Mariusmssj1146d ago

I beg of you, every blogger out there keep your opinions to yourself until both consoles are out. You got no idea what PS4 can do nor what Next Xbox will so please STOP.