PlayStation 4, Xbox One Unlikely to Sell Better than Wii U

Tynan Muddle at writes: "While it would make a sensational tabloid story, the next generation consoles PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are unlikely to sell better than Nintendo’s Wii U console.

Since the day Nintendo announced a release date for the Wii U, the American media has done its part to stir the pot by declaring the console “dead in the water”. The justification here is usually chalked up to “poor sales” and a “lack of games”.

It’s surprising, then, that the other new consoles aren’t being treated with the same level of intense scrutiny (Xbox One DRM issues aside). In fact, media are already declaring the PlayStation 4 as the winner of all things.

The reality is far less entertaining: neither of the consoles from Sony or Microsoft will do any better than Wii U. And here’s why."

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dedicatedtogamers1992d ago

Between the PS3, 360, and Wii, over 250 million consoles have sold. Taking into account RRoD and people who own multiple consoles, it would be safe to say there were at least 200 million console owners last gen.

And now they're just going to...vanish? I don't think so. The Wii-U is selling poorly for a number of reasons. Some of those reasons are economic. Other reasons are because of the Wii-U's design.

xHeavYx1991d ago

What a joke. I'm sure both the PS4 and the new Xbox will sell more in preorders than what the WiiU will sell by that time

vishmarx1991d ago (Edited 1991d ago )

I wonder why Nintendo hasnt hired this genius yet. only guy who knows wii u is exponentially more successful than ps360
people were worried over nothin
well now you know. Thanks author.

PigPen1991d ago

Amazon still have PS4 consoles in stock. It looks like most people went with the cheaper version with no game being that's the only sku that's sold out.

PigPen1991d ago

Amazon still have PS4 consoles in stock. It seems that most went for the cheaper sku with no game cause that's the only one that's sold out. Every other sku is available for preorder.

badz1491991d ago

which reflect on its sales performance.

1. old multiplat ports which are not significantly better than 360/PS3 version means not worthy of a purchase

2. Nintendo's own lack of software and we all know people buy the Wii and Wii U expecting for Nintendo's own games but with the slow rate of Nintendo releasing them - not really their fault because there has never been a console manufacturer having to rely on their own software to sell hardware before, and with 3rd parties skipping the Wii U altogether left and right most notably GTA V??...the Wii U is not looking too attractive to gamers

3. lack emphasize on online portion. Nintendo should just stick out their heads out of their own asses and start acknowledging that online is pretty important to A LOT of gamers out there! the Wii U is more than capable for online MP but even Nintendo's own games are not online-enable thus making Nintendo as a game company look outdated and more importantly out of touch as far as gaming is concerned!

3. bad 3rd parties relation. this is just sad! never have you seen since Sega DC that huge publisher blatantly announcing their lack of interest in a game console and Wii U is not attracting as much interest from big publishers! EA and Activision have both being vocal about their disappointment over the Wii U and even Ubisoft is feeling cranky now! that's 3 BIGGEST publisher in the world right now and Nintendo need to act fast to gain their trust! Rayman Legends is already a lost cause for the Wii U and it's not even out yet but things are currently not looking good!

4. Marketing...they need more of this ASAP! Sony and Microsoft is increasing their marketing assault as of late and it's like the Wii U doesn't even exist! the Wii/Wii U is already stamped as the "complimentary" console as oppose to the "go to" console unlike it's handheld brother the 3DS which is clearly the "go to" handheld at the moment and Nintendo must act aggressively NOW to show that the Wii U can compete with the other 2 upcoming next gen competitor because as of right now, the Wii U is not even taking away sales from PS3/360!

my point is, the Wii U is not showcasing the lack of interest in gaming as a whole, but more of an individual problem of the Wii U itself! I don't know about the Xbone but the PS4 is ticking all the right boxes now and it's hard to think that PS4 will be anything like the Wii U sales-wise!

stuna11991d ago


Keep at it, you'll get it right one of these days! Trolling that is! Because at this point everything else is wrong.

But on a different note, just on what the PS4 & Xbox1 have to offer, that in itself will insure that they will outsell the WII U in preorders as well as actual sell through, then again maybe not so much the Xbox 1, unless of course they are able to right the wrongs they tried to perpetrate on the gaming public.

ShwankyShpanky1991d ago


1) Nobody has any PS4s or Xbones "in stock."

2) PS4 is currently sold out of its launch day allotment. They are still taking orders for future stock/allotments after release.

3) Xbone launch day allotment (the only available model to preorder) is still currently available for pre-order.

Ritsujun1991d ago

BP has big pens up his own A.

RyuCloudStrife1991d ago

The person who wrote this article doesn't believe what he/she was typing out of their a$$.

solidjun51991d ago (Edited 1991d ago )


you're still trolling by saying the same crap.

Read ShwankyShpanky's post and maybe you'll stop. Highly doubt it though.

MWong1991d ago

I thought the main reason the Wii-U was selling so poorly was because of lack of 3rd party support and lack of marketing. People have the Wii, why buy an upgraded version of that.

Maybe I'm wrong.

AsimLeonheart1991d ago

Since the Wii U flopped, the Wii U supporters have their fingers crossed that the Xbone and PS4 will sell just as badly so that they can justify their console's poor sales. Just like they were hoping that the Xbone and PS4 will be underpowered too just like the Wii U. They were so wrong that time (both consoles are much more powerful than Wii U especially PS4 which is a beast) and they will be wrong this time as well.

kneon1991d ago


I guess you missed where Sony told retailers they could now take orders for whatever they can sell. the initial allotments sold out in a few days at most retailers, and by all accounts the initial allotment was substantially higher than those for the Xbox One.

Since they have removed the caps it looks like PS4 production must be getting good yields and pre-orders have been high enough that Sony is confident enough in demand to commit to increased output.

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thechosenone1991d ago (Edited 1991d ago )

Holy cow he's not joking. jejejeje The PS4 sold out in a matter of min on Amazon the first day and the demand was so great Sony needed to increased the first round of pre-orders to meet the unexpected demand.

While the Xbone took days to sell off their Day One version and it only took off once MS did their infamous 180 policy change.

If you look at their best sellers list for 2013 you'll see that the Xbone never managed to reach the #1 spot and the PS4 is still ahead of the Xbone by a huge margin.

In the UK it's even more dramatic, the Xbone isn't even in the top's currently #48. lol

N4g_null1991d ago

Gamers play games. So far drive club and killzone are the big titles on the ps4. A lot of the third party games will continue to be on the ps3,xbox360.

Bops ghost
Will both be on last gen. Unfortunately that hurts the ps4 and of course the the poor poor Xbox.

This effect happens every gen it seems.

The wiiu out performed the launch of the ps3 and 360 off the strength of Nintendo land and Mario. No wii sports or wii fit? Guess what those games are coming. I can understand that the ps4 seems to be your flavor. Yet that may not change the fact that 3rd parties are staying last gen simply because none of the console makers have a FF7 type game coming out. It is expected for the ps4 starts slow due to release dates. HD games take a while to make even if you can only play them once and then trade them in.

I will get a ps4. When god of war comes out for it. Yet how many years is that? I'll be fine not buying an he console to play cod. I'll be waiting for rival fps controls to the pc designs.

We are 6 years into the hd twins trying to make a game to rival the underpowered wii game sales. From Sonys camp we get another movie game with no replay value. From ms we get drm and drm online milking.

Yet who knows it could be a ps2 effect but if you didn't witness that time then you don't understand the real reason why Sony sells. Every wanted a DVD player, then blu ray player but now what is Sony offering extra to make up for the lack of game play? This gen will be a pr benchmark for them or the gen they marry game play to this story gaming focus.

Ms has a Zune or ms surface on their hands. Their only hope is to dig deep and make a very addictive game that doesn't use online as a crutch.

This gen will be a wiiu/ ps4 gen it seems. Since they are both trying offer some thing different. Nintendo's flaw is not praticing hd production values 3 years into the wii sales. If you have ever tried to do hd level graphics knows it takes time to learn all the tricks and then it takes goobs of ram lol.

The beginning may be a strong burst in the beginning but many gamers may wait it out simply because we are being ignored or over looked due to certain agendas. But in the end we know Nintendo has the ip to finish strong now and hd content being mastered is only going to add to the collection. We know Sony will end up strong also because they can pump out great HD stories and if they stay devoted they will get the game play right. Mean while ms will just throw money into a huge fire like they always do. Or just start selling cable boxes. If you've ever work with ms you know how hard they can suck.

In summary Nintendo is learning HD. Sony is learning gameplay. Ms is learning pr. This gen will be fine after about two years in.

Mounce1991d ago

This article sounds like it's coming from a desperate Nintendo fanboy to be honest.

"Unlikely to Sell Better than Wii U" - make a title like this at a time when Wii U is on its deathbed to everyones' eyes?!


striped941991d ago (Edited 1991d ago )


what the hell are you even saying? that rant made no sense

pixelsword1991d ago (Edited 1991d ago )

"In other news, rain is dry. Back to you, Kent!"

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Gran Touring1991d ago

"Xbox 360 only managed to sell 940,000 units in its first four weeks, with PlayStation 3 performing much worse at 540,000. Wii, for the sake of having all the figures here, broke records at 2.02 million sold in its first four weeks on sale."

They make it sound like these consoles weren't in demand at the time. I was only able to pick up my 60gb PS3 by mid-December because I was lucky enough to show up at a gamestop that had received maybe 6 consoles in a small shipment. Even my buddy couldn't get a 360 for a few weeks after it released. These consoles had pretty big shortages especially in comparison to the Wii.

kryteris1991d ago

i believe the ps3 also had supply issues, it was sold out. But, the Wii was a sensation, Xbox did not have the hype of the wii when it was released.

GribbleGrunger1991d ago (Edited 1991d ago )

Yes it did, because of diode shortages, but we have to be honest and and recognise that price must have been a factor. Neither of those problems exist with the PS4. There's a very simple thing that this article overlooks: People didn't buy a Wiiu because they were waiting to see what a next gen machine 'should' look like.

Agent_00_Revan1991d ago

I remember working at Gamestop when those all came out. The PS3 had its initial shipment, and Maybe 10 more systems came in before the end of the year. They had Major shortages.

DigitallyAfflicted1991d ago

Wii U don't sell well only because we all waiting for X1 and PS4 and as always more expensive things sell slower. Don't think PS4 will have a problem this gen as it will be preferred by all the parents this Christmas because its cheeper.

Cheeper price was a way to success for x360 last gen and looks like sony learn the lesson.

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UNGR1991d ago

A. RROD replacements were free, don't spew bull crap.
B. Poor Wii-U sales are from the lack of software, and I'd imagine 3rd party support in the coming future, not it's design.
C. You can tell by console sales over time that clearly not everyone jumps on the bandwagon for new consoles right away. Software sales on the PS3/360 will overshadow the PS4/X1 for a few years.

All that being said I don't think the Wii-U will outsell them, people want value and the Wii-U hasn't shown that yet. The X1/PS4 have with the software they've shown, and the future proofing they've established.

SilentNegotiator1991d ago

"RROD replacements were free, don't spew bull crap"

Uhh, while under warranty. Xbox 360s aren't under warranty for eternity.

They don't send you an Xbox360 S when your out of warranty 360 dies. At LEAST 20 million 360s were the old, defective models.

ZeroX98761991d ago

yes RROD was free, but most of my friends got tired of sending it the second or third time it broke. so they bought a new one.
me, sent it to microsoft twice, broke 3 times, third time brang it to a dude in my city who repaired it and it never ever again failed after this.

ShwankyShpanky1991d ago

This. Not every 360 that RRoD'd was replaced under warranty, regardless of whether it was covered (many ultimately were not).

Ritsujun1991d ago

Incoming RROD2.0 on Xbone180.

Blackhawk31991d ago (Edited 1991d ago )

Under warranty? Tell that to Microsoft for my Elite they wouldn't replace.

MysticStrummer1991d ago

"RROD replacements were free, don't spew bull crap."

Whether they were free or not, gamers with plenty of disposable income didn't necessarily wait for a replacement. All my real life gaming friends bought 360s and most of them bought multiple replacements before they got sick of them breaking down and switched to PS3s.

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MEsoJD1991d ago (Edited 1991d ago )

I do expect a pricedrop near the holidays for Wii U and an increase in sales, but I it will pale in comparison to the PS4/Xbox One.

Why? Preorder numbers, features, online functionality and network/account policy, guaranteed third party support, expected media options, power that in turn will lead to longevity/support, a focus on triple A and indie(more so on Sony), advertising, etc... In my eyes an associate would have no problem in a store making the case to curious consumers this holiday season about Xbox One and PS4 vs the WiiU. WiiU to me just seems like a hard sell to the general consumer unlike the wii with the motion gimmick.

I really think Nintendo drop the ball on their year lead. I love their software, but I think pride and old thinking is really holding them back in certain areas in regards to home consoles.

jimmywolf1991d ago (Edited 1991d ago )

i love nentendo growing up wii was crap cept for few game you could count on your hands been good

ill get the wii U maybe 2 years from now when it cheaper an they have Zelda an few other exclusive hits

i mit even wait longer an see what they plan long term too stand against X box an ps4

project_pat361991d ago

jimmy... you should have paid attention in school and not to "nentendo"... maybe your half-assed ebonics would be more clear to read...

oh... "AN" one more thing.. no.. nevermind

Triforce0791991d ago

How many times WiiU is not underpowered,what tech is ps4 ect using thats state of the art the only expensive state of the art tech is the tons of edram cache and edram on the MCM for wiiu,please tell me whats so expensive and cutting edge in ps4 or xbox1 ???? because a gpgpu with tons of edram is more powerful than one without around the same power or abit more.

JP13691991d ago

The embedded RAM in Wii U is there to make up for the pitifully slow cell phone RAM that Nintendo stuffed in. The GPU isn't anything special and the CPU has ties to the GameCube. So yeah, that's why people are willing to spend an extra fifty dollars on the PS4, which destroys the Wii U as far as specs are concerned.

socks1991d ago

You cant seem to be able to formulate a coherent thought. Off the internet with you.

N4g_null1991d ago

Isn't nvidia reaching 1 terabyte bandwidth with edram in their future video cards? Gddr will not even be used from what I'm hearing. I wonder what AMD is going to do about that? Suddenly the ps4 future proofing is a moot point.

striped941991d ago (Edited 1991d ago )

Why are there so many people on here who can't actually form a fucking sentence?

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bubblebobble1991d ago (Edited 1991d ago )

i asked my sister the other day if see would get her kids a wii u for christmas this year she had never heard of the wii u nor had she ever seen one this is the tipy of person that made the wii explode in popularty more than anything this time wii u has failed to pull in a focus market

N4g_null1991d ago

So as soon as wii fit hits and this person knows about the wiiu we are looking at wii numbers say you lol. Hmmmm the force is strong in your troll ability. How is this not registering? Nintendo is holding back. 2014 may be a slaughter. Once the news media sees this they are going to pounce. Wii fit is coming be scared fanboys lol. Please don't play the sales game. We know Nintendo has the guns to deliver.

Prime_281991d ago

LOL at your silly comment....

Baylex1991d ago

Even though the wii u could sell very well, we all know that it will NEVER sell more that xbox one or EVEN PS4...
I'm not putting the wii u down.. the tittle is just ridiculous... it's absurd..

lilbrat231991d ago

I think the PS4 & Xbox One will do way better than Wii u. I think the Wii-u needs a price drop and Im sorry but the graphics are getting old you get nothing innovated that you didn't already get on the Wii. Most people are getting tired of the same old stuff. Nintendo needs to reinvent themselves with the whole family gaming and really bring to the table what gamers REALLY want.

b777conehead1991d ago

pig pen im going to down load all my games. so no bundle for me

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Syntax-Error1991d ago

Funny how these fanboys like to mention the RRoD but always forget the YLoD. I for one never had a RRoD but suffered 2 YLoD and had to deal with Sony's horrific customer service trying to charge me $150 to fix it. At least MS fixed your RRoD for free, so stop with the nonsense. Every company has their good and bad. You look like children with your biased comments

kayoss1991d ago

Whats the rate of the RRoD vs the YLoD?? The number of getting the RRoD was really really high the point of failure is so high that Microsoft came out and admitted the problem and were forced to establish the replacement warranty. YLoD rate of failure was very low and considered within range for hardware faiure. But i agree, the $150 to fix is very steep. But hey its cheaper then buyiing a brand new system right?

Syntax-Error1991d ago

Kayoss, it doesn't matter what the rate was it still happened. That's just as ignorant as associating black people with welfare when there's more white people on welfare because of the W/B ratio. The fact is PS3 also had a high failure rate and there's going to be one higher than the other.

Eyeco1991d ago

That analogy is flawed African Americans make up 13% of the USA whereas European Americans make up 72% of the general population.

The 360 never had 7 times the install base of the PS3 for the most part the two consoles have been neck to neck yet the 360 still had a higher overall failure rate.

RROD was a travesty on biblical proportions and the 360 will always be remembered for it, so stop trying to sugar coat it, sit down and accept it.

FightFans1991d ago

that's bullshit, I'm pretty sure ps4 will sell better than both xbone and wii u.

Doctor_Freeman1991d ago (Edited 1991d ago )

Unless all these new games that have been announced will be released on the WIIU then I don't see it standing much of a chance of keeping up, not to mention outselling the PS4 or Xbox.

Plus most people want next gen hardware, not hardware that is somewhere in between. I will say that Nintendo was smart when they released the WIIU early, probably because they figured they would be overshadowed. But for me its all about the games and whoever has those games that's where I'll be.

galgatronth1991d ago

I know, it's like when the ps2 had over 100 million sales and ALL of those people bought the ps3 DAY ONE and it got 100 million sales at launch right? It's not like they "vanished"? right? /s

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TripC501991d ago

I own a Wii U. Im using it now to type this comment. It is the best cosole I have ever owned (I have a PS3 and 360). I still play games on all these consoles. Do I think the Wii U will sell more than Xbox1 or PS4? In my opinion no. But I dont really care. I just like video games.

SolidDuck1991d ago

I agree. Now I have a ps4 pre ordered and can't wait. But I picked up a wii u just recently, and it's severely underrated. It does need some more standout games, but it has some really great titles, and just the system itself is really fun to use.

quantae061991d ago (Edited 1991d ago )

It'll outsell Xbox 1 most definitely. But I don't know about PS4 though. Personally I have a Wii U and I'm loving it. I will be pre-ordering a PS4 soon with my personal favorite series in Infamous Second Son.

SonyPS41991d ago

I pre ordered my PS4 and picking up a Wii U along with my PS4 on the same day. Never tried buying multiple systems at once, it might be double the fun.

MNGamer-N1991d ago

I think WiiU and PS4 will be the ones doing battle, with Microsoft picking up the scraps. WiiU is a great system, and people will eventually start buying it after the Wii gets phased out

WeAreLegion1991d ago

Best console you've ever owned? I don't believe that. I have a Wii U, too, but it one of the worst consoles I've ever owned. Why do you say it's the best? It's lacking major features that the other two last generation consoles have. AND it's lacking games. That statement is complete BS.

TripC501991d ago (Edited 1991d ago )

Hey man or woman its just my opinion. For me the gamepad, with off tv screen play, is why its my favorite console. I mean I have a tiny apartment (dont judge l'm a recent college grad with not much money)and the signal reaches to my bed and my bathroom. I use miiverse to nerd out with other Nintendo fans and post my drawings on miiverse. Its my opion. Its the best console I have ever had. No Bull. chill man or woman

also if you have a Wii U check out my drawings on Miiverse.
My name on miiverse is The Dude

TripC501991d ago (Edited 1991d ago )

I have one last thing to say. If you have not gotten a Wii U yet, don't buy it! Wait untill more games come out or maybe a price drop. But do buy a Wii U if you love Nintendo, if you are an artist, or like playing a console game in your hands... in bed... or on a toilet.

WeAreLegion1991d ago

I'll add you. I'm JacobIsHollywood on there.

I don't get it though. If you want to do all that stuff, why don't you just get a laptop? More games. Portable gaming. The Vita does the social drawing thing, too. And the 3DS. You don't need to buy a Wii U for that.

TripC501991d ago (Edited 1991d ago )

alright man i sent you a friend request so wipe off that dust ha. And hey I like the consle. Its my favorite console. You can say that is bull or doesn't make sense but thats just my opinion man. Lets all just be friends and game together.

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Subzero2001991d ago

"Do I think the Wii U will sell more than Xbox1 or PS4? In my opinion no. But I dont really care. I just like video games."

lol yeah thats what these idiots fail to see, and Complaining about specs = no life at all.

TripC501991d ago (Edited 1991d ago )

Well I think it's okay to like one console over another and be excited about specs and exclusives and stuff because they are fans. It's like storts fans. A Indianapolis Colts fan can say "My team is the best!" And they can cheer and yell all they want because they love the Colts so much. Loyalty to a team is like loyalty to a console in today's gaming community. Its unusual to me because I like all platforms and I love gaming. And that's strange for a gamer to say nowadays. To translate that to sports, that's like a guy saying "I don't have a favorite team I just love football!" And not many people say that. Everybody has a favorite team...and that's okay.

Benjaminkno1991d ago

"When Nintendo consoles start on the downward trend, they need only unleash games like Mario Kart and The Legend of Zelda which stay in the top ten charts for years, something no other game publisher has ever managed to achieve."

Well they aren't as arrogant as they used to be. But they do try to monopolize the market, which is why those who don't have the luxury to have more than 1 or two shy away from the "family oriented" console.

That's why there's such a rebellion against Nintendo.