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Submitted by clide88 377d ago | opinion piece

Hardware vs. Software: What Really Sells a Console?

A brief discussion and overview of the hardware and software of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and which really determines console sales. (Dev, Microsoft, Next-Gen, PlayStation, PS3, PS4, Sony, Tech, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

Ezz2013  +   378d ago
Hardware and price
and then i look at the first party studios and what they offer or will offer and multiplat games

and Sony got all those things
ShugaCane  +   378d ago
For me it's the games, and games only. A console can have tons of revolutionnary features, I'll never buy it if it has no game I'm interested in. On the other hand, if a console has only one feature : Playing games, but offers good games and franchises that I like, then I'll buy that one for sure.
mewhy32  +   378d ago
I think that it's really a combination of both for the hardcore informed gamer and just games for the casual uninformed gamer. If you don't really know about hardware specs then hardware really doesn't matter. But if you know anything about hardware then you want the most power for you money.
Utalkin2me  +   377d ago
I agree. But for some people it is restrictive policies and the lack of what consumers want. Err.... wait it's not restrictive policies and try to keep up with the Jones.
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jeffgoldwin  +   377d ago
"For me it's the games, and games only."

So your still playing on the playstation 1 then? Since you said hardware doesn't matter.
dedicatedtogamers  +   377d ago
For me, the crux is neither software nor hardware (though of course those play a role).

My #1 concern is the company's track record. The hardware might be super-powerful, but does the company have a track record of making reliable consoles, or do their consoles break? There might be more than a dozen launch titles in the first year, but does the company have a track record of supporting the console over the long haul? Does the company have a track record of creating new IPs or just milking the same old IPs?
FanboyCrusher  +   377d ago
a company's track record? Are you serious? You may as well say I'm a fanboy and I'm never open to change. I also never take into account that Sony had a monopoly on the industry and that it was hard far anyone to get in with a console, especially with the PS2. When somebody has a lot longer to acquire studios, and experience in general, of course they're going to do well, but we're going to dismiss other company's because of that? You're pathetic. You aren't dedicated to gamers, you're dedicated to kissing Sony's ass.
dedicatedtogamers  +   377d ago
Wow, what an overreaction. Where did I even mention Sony?

I've been a PC gamer since MS-DOS. I've owned consoles and handhelds from Sony, SEGA, SNK, Nintendo, Atari, Microsoft, and Commodore.

So, yeah. Keep on trollin'
edonus  +   377d ago
I wont be as harsh but any real gamer knows its software first.
You have to make sure that you can use the game console to play games.

Me personally after software I start looking at features. If a console I can buy for gaming can double as something else or enhance something else or provide something else.... I am all over it.

What you say about track record is like judging a football team on what they did last season.... Their can be some indicators but they are not solid, there are too many variables like what they did in the draft what players left what players came coaching staff changes what the other teams are doing. Track record is a flimsy way to judge.
jeffgoldwin  +   377d ago
@dedicated

It was almost if you cut and pasted that customized stealth troll. 2/10
AngelicIceDiamond  +   377d ago
If history's proven anything its software.
Doctor_Freeman  +   377d ago
Both

Can't have one without the other.
Tsar4ever  +   377d ago
Sony is best & owns the HARDWARE front, Microsoft has the best experience & controls the SOFTWARE front. Their the perfect competing polar opposites companies that actually need each others *specialties to succeed and win over the masses. Especially since both consoles being allot more than just gaming devices.

People will decide which console is best with their wallets, word of mouth & the internet.
wishingW3L  +   378d ago
both
Thepharaoh  +   377d ago
Software obviously. If it weren't for software we would be unable t communicate with the console in the first place. Besides who wants to buy a overpowered box if it doesn't have any thing worth powering it up for?I'd be like buying a retarded horse in your current town when there isn't a single race track for miles
Treian  +   377d ago
both
JBSleek  +   377d ago
Software. What's good hardware without software.

But good software can help hardware.
Fireseed  +   377d ago
Software. Hardware should mean nothing to anyone who isn't a developer. Consoles aren't PC's and you can't set the graphical quality because of the power of your system.
strigoi814  +   377d ago
Its like what comes first chicken or the egg..0_o
Heisenburger  +   377d ago
The chicken came first.

So I don't get the comparison.

Aaaaand now I was some fried chicken and waffles.

Mmm.
iceman06  +   377d ago
Umm....are you certain??? Sorry, couldn't resist! LOL
dcj0524  +   377d ago
Software. Thats a no-brainer. The hardware's purpose and only purpose is to run the software.
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PigPen  +   377d ago
Software more then hardware, but really both.
shattacrew  +   377d ago
Piracy
B1uBurneR  +   377d ago
Software XBL on a weaker hardware ... you get the point
Agent_hitman  +   377d ago
Software or Games are the system seller, that's a fact.
ShaunCameron  +   377d ago
Software since there never was a time when the market-leader had the most powerful hardware be it Nintendo or Sony or Atari.
ginsunuva  +   377d ago
Doesn't matter because Sony exceeds in both.
n4rc  +   377d ago
Thats pretty funny..Lol

To say Sony has the better software, to me says you have never owned a 360 and have no reference
ginsunuva  +   377d ago
My neighbor/tenant has one.
The UI is really ugly and confusing like Win8.
Ads all over the place.
System seems slightly more stable though.
n4rc  +   377d ago
I don't even notice the ads..

But its faster and less .. Clumsy then the ps3 ui. Download speeds are night and day.. Party chat etc etc..

Sure you pay for it.. And PS+ is really just a discount card on games.. There us no functionality to it

But that's this gen.. Were heading into next and I expect big improvements from both companies
bjmartynhak  +   377d ago
Games>Hardware>Software.

Seriously, I would never think in using a console for things that I can easily do on PC. Skype, Netflix, social stuff, buy cinema tickets.. lol
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NeoRatt  +   377d ago
It should be great content (Games, media, and apps)...

But now a days it seems to be more about hardware specs, policies, and BS marketing...

Please gamers. Let's bring it back to great content!
Tewi-Inaba  +   377d ago
3DS is the sh*ttiest console/handheld by far this generation

It has games.
It Sells like crazy.
It's a proven fact.
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Theyellowflash30  +   377d ago
Games

-----> 3DS could be the best selling dedicated gaming device this generation.
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pandehz  +   377d ago
The colour and smell of the box
HardcoreDaBoss  +   377d ago
Games sell the hardware for the most part. Hardware does sell systems though for the more hardcore crowd that want high tech graphics in consoles. But that's a small crowd and on consoles mostly exclusive titles display the power of the gaming console. What's the point of having a car that can go 200 mph but you cant do that on regular roads. All the speed is on the racetrack.

what sells is
exclusives
good price
advertising
Supermax  +   377d ago
Games sell systems games period.....first party ips
TheGrimReaper0011  +   377d ago
I believe what actually sells the console for most people is first hardware, then software.
However, what makes them keep their system, depends entirely on the software.
Easy example. I would get rid of my PS3 if there's nothing coming out for it anymore. Thankfully, I have a pretty nice shopping list for all the games I still need to pick up AND of games that come out at the end of the year.
sigfredod  +   377d ago
Should be balance, just games and no power is trouble (looking at you WIIU, and power without games also a problem
Supermax  +   377d ago
Wii u owners love the games they have on it that are first party ips wait till the next Zelda and pikman

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