Considering the current sales tally, it seems clear that at least some loyal Xbox followers jumped ship heading into this generation. Not good for Microsoft.
We've come nowhere close to the sales of the original Xbox yet, let alone the 360. It will take years to make the OP's determination. That said, I do believe we'll have a significantly lower number of multi-console owners this gen. It won't be an "everyone sells pretty good" generation this time around. One console will be on top by a very wide margin, 2nd-place will be far behind but will still do a respectable job, and the 3rd console will be a bomb, perhaps even knocking someone out of the console market. The macro-environmental conditions simply won't allow for another generation like the one with Wii/360/PS3. It was a bubble, and the bubble is going to burst.
I don't think anyone is going away from the market. The only reason SEGA sank was that they made too many poor decisions leading into the Dreamcast that it could not save them -- between the Genesis, 32x, Sega CD, the Saturn, and the Dreamcast they sank too much money on R&D and were banking on the Saturn and Dreamcast being MUCH more successful then they actually were. Had Microsoft not gone anti-consumer earlier this year the WiiU might be in worse shape, but Microsoft's blunder took the gaze off Nintendo. Undoubtedly Nintendo must have picked up a little steam from pissed "potential" Xbox One buyers that immediately went elsewhere. What also has been saving Nintendo from a SEGA fate is that Nintendo has secured their own almost monopolistic hold on the handheld market. IF... and this is a big IF... Nintendo's WiiU flops straight on it's face forcing them to bow out of the home console market I would think they would just go full steam into handhelds for a while -- their only direct handheld competition is the PSP and Vita right now anyway (mobile, iOS and Android are indirect competition as they are platforms were games are not their primary purpose and function). Not to leave Microsoft out, there is still a possibility that the Xbox One is the last home console we see from Microsoft -- a VERY SMALL TINY INFINITESIMAL possibility. Depending on who Microsoft finally chooses to take over after Balmer the new CEO "could" choose to cut the Xbox division loose from Microsoft, at the best, and without the coffers of Microsoft to bank roll on (not as much money for advertising, R&D, etc.) the Xbox division would be between a rock and a hard place to maintain being competitive and profitable. The market has already proven to the world that Sony's PlayStation brand is here to stay for the 8th generation and a successor will follow with the 9th -- 1M in 24 hours is the world saying: http://i2.kym-cdn.com/photo... Hey if anyone wants to point to even the remote possibility Sony is "the guy in third" go ahead - the comments that follow might be interesting. At least I'll admit to the fact there is no definitive answer to which of the three will end up in third and even if they run 100% of a chance of doing SO bad they'll kiss the industry goodbye. --Done
The PS4 will do great as evidenced but they need more than a bunch of indie games to keep people interested. They don't have any firm dates for AAA exclusives that can compete with TitanFall, Halo 5, or Quantum Break. They need to get more than just Uncharted 4 or they could quickly lose some people who are starving for AAA titles. The real fear is not that PS4 won't be viable as a console but the company that makes PS4 i.e. Sony does not dig itself out of the money losing pit that it has been in for many years now. It is never good when a corporation is losing money so fast that they have to sell their NA and World head quarters to pay the bills. I am not trolling hear as I play the PS3 too and will be getting a PS4 (I play all the consoles) once they get some decent AAA out but I am concerned that a good console may get hurt because it is part of a company that has shown for over 5 years now that it cannot make a profit as a whole.
Why do people assume people have switched sides? The ps4 launch price is the one and only advantage to its early success. It's price just means more early adopters where as Xbox fans like myself are waiting for a more realistic price tag. And when it comes to price drops you know Xbox will be first to drop te price probably in the new year or more likely e3. Ps4 will be stuck at the "$400 USD" price mark for atleast 2 years. Any gamer who "switched" sides is a liar. Either you bought both consoles and are pretending to favour one over the other or you stuck with the console all of your buddies play on.
Why do you think the xbox one will get a price drop before the ps4? I think you are forgeting that micro has the console and kinect components to try and make cheaper, sony has just the ps4 to make cheaper, i dont see the one ever being cheaper than the ps4, there will be gamers who switch sides so to speak, nothing wrong with that and the people that say they did switch are not automaticaly lieing, i myself usually buy two or so consoles every gen so i never really switch sides but there are people that only own one console per gen that may swap and change.
This is a question that could never truly be answered! Just like it will never be known how many PS fans switched over to the Xbox1. If someone just wanted to take a guess; it'll probably be similar to the previous generation, where the majority of the gaming community will wind up with both the PS4/Xbox1 and probably the WII U also.
How many PS2 fans switched to x360, then bought a PS3 and haven't looked back since?
worldwide yes but united states nope even if i like beyond 2 soul and tlou 360 was a success for ms.
"Considering the current sales tally, it seems clear that at least some loyal Xbox followers jumped ship heading into this generation" Just because PS4 sells more doesn't mean Xbox fans have jumped ship. Current prices could be a concern for a number of people, the holidays are coming up, people don't have as much disposable income, etc. Maybe people are waiting for their tax returns before purchasing their console. A hundred dollars savings is quite substantial for a number of people but clearly you can't assume people are switching.
Great work! I approve ;-)
Stoppppp! This is not news!!!
With both consoles selling over 2 million I would say not many. Other than a cheaper price Sony hasn't given any Xbox fan a reason to switch. Are they gonna switch because of : Another killzone------no. Not while halo is still coming Online service------- he'll no. Xbl is still better and psn has a pay for multiplayer subscription now so no advantages there anymore. UI------ no Xbox still easily wins there too Features------ not even a contest there Games------ xb1 has a better launch lineup and they have the edge in upcoming games in 2014 Cloud service------- again, the edge goes to xb1 since Sony won't have theirs till around the end of 2014. If you really wanna talk switching sides, original Xbox only sold 20 million and xbox360 sold over 80 million. Ps2 sold over 150 million and ps3 only 80 million. That should tell you all you need to know about switching sides......and vita looks like it won't ever reach psp sales, let alone be able to compete with 3ds.
"Another killzone------no. Not while halo is still coming " Another generic hack and slash? Not while a new God Of War is coming. Another generic 720p zombie game? No thanks. "Online service------- he'll no. Xbl is still better and psn has a pay for multiplayer subscription now so no advantages there anymore. " Used XBLG for years, only bought ps plus this year and i can tell you for a fact that ps plus is better. "Free" games and ive never had any problems joining matches or playing online. Why ypu keep insisting that XBL is better i don't know..... "UI------ no Xbox still easily wins there too " Nope. The PS4 UI is faster (proven), simpler, easier to navigate, not filled with ads, and not cluttered. "Games------ xb1 has a better launch lineup and they have the edge in upcoming games in 2014" Nope, every multiplat looks and runs better on PS4, the X1 has a couple more exclusives at launch, but Killzone is still the best selling exclusive out of any of them so far. And as for 2014....Inafmous SS, Driveclub, The Order 1886, Planetside 2.....X1 has no "edge" in 2014. Also i think its important to add that the majority of games that are released next year will be multiplats....and multiplats look and run better on PS4. Just like i chose the 360 as my main console last gen because multiplats looked better on the 360....i will do the same this gen with the PS4 (and also because the PS4's exclusives will be amazing, just like the PS3's). "Cloud service------- again, the edge goes to xb1 since Sony won't have theirs till around the end of 2014. " And when they do it will blast MS's out of the water, backwards compatibility is bigger than anything MS has done so far with cloud capabilities, all they have done so far is stuff we have had for years on both consoles (cloud saves and dedicated servers). BC is HUGE for some people. And dedicated servers aren't a MS exclusive feature as you seem to think they are. PS4 is the best, fastest selling console for a reason. No one is switching sides.
Realistically... Nobody but casuals Unless your entire friends list goes with you.. People will stick with their platform of choice.. Granted.. Quite a few of mine are indeed waiting for tax time like someone above mentioned. One buddy needs one for him and one for his son.. That's gonna hurt even if he sees a price drop by then lol.. Not one switched.. Not a single person I game with.. And my friends that prefered ps3 went ps4.. They didn't switch either
Its just too damn early to make such assumptions... give another year or two. I personally feel both consoles will do very well.
Most of friends went pc still catch up on steam but I don't know anyone who has a ps4 yet.
You must know very few people.
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