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Submitted by MariaHelFutura 176d ago | opinion piece

Xbox One Losing Console War

It is no secret Xbox One is losing the console war between it and counterpart playstation 4. Microsoft has since been developing a series of marketing strategies to help win the edge in the video-game console wars. The strategies have consisted from branching out to social media outlets, to rumors of a cheaper, more affordable version of Xbox One. Although a two-tier pricing system was seen with the release of Microsoft’s Xbox360, that proved pretty successful for them, the shocking new detail of the cheaper version is the lack of a optical disk drive. (Industry, PS4, Xbox One)

BigFnHooters  +   176d ago
Can't really be surprising to anyone.

The Xbox 360 came in last place in worldwide sales despite:

* Being 200 dollars cheaper than the PS3
* Was rushed out the door a year early(a year and a half in Europe) to try to pad out the installed base numbers
* Tens of millions of duplicate Xbox 360s sold due to the RRoD fiasco
* A massive smear campaign against Sony in the US gaming media

All that and Microsoft still ended up in last place.

Microsoft won't have the RRoD fiasco to pad out their installed base numbers this gen.
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Lukas_Japonicus  +   176d ago
In other news, the sky is blue and water is wet!

Who would've thunk it?
PeaSFor  +   176d ago
Truefan1 just shed a tear.
NatureOfLogic  +   176d ago
If Xbone is losing in its home territory, MS doesn't stand a chance worldwide. So far, Xbone is not relevant outside of NA. We're already seeing the Xbox camp panic with price cut rumours and controlled leaks.
Sammy777  +   176d ago
MS has cash at hand. They could have easily launched a more powerful console and tomorrow when Tomb Raider numbers are out , we would know how detrimental are those negative articles which reported xb1 version running at half the frames
kreate  +   176d ago
'MS has cash at hand'

agreed with this statement.
MS does have a financial advantage over sony.

though im not sure how much of that cash MS is willing to invest on the xbox division.
medman  +   176d ago
Uhhh...Ps4 Tomb Raider outselling Bone Tomb Raider 2:1. And if Microsoft could have launched a more powerful console, they should have. Sony did, what's Microsoft's excuse? Kinect and TV? Good lawd!!!!
GamersHeaven  +   176d ago
Couldn't have said it better my self.
doolin_dalton  +   176d ago
@Hooters

Xbox brand - 25 million to 80 million
Playstation brand - 150 million to 80 million

You can ramble on and on about what "place" each finished. It's all you've got to distract the uninformed masses from the numbers that REALLY matter. Same with duplicate purchases from RROD. You have ABSOLUTELY NO EVIDENCE to back up your opinion, but the uninformed masses will gladly agree with you so you can all sleep better at night thinking you're actually right. Ditto for the "media smear campaign" that exists only in the minds of the most radical haters.

Only in the most delusional world is is better to lose 70 million customers than it is to gain 55 million. Welcome to that world.

PS3 "beating" the 360, after what happened in the previous generation, is like an NFL team needing a last second field goal to beat a high school team. If a "victory" like that is so important to you, then by all means keep posting your BS.

As far as this generation goes, after just witnessing a console that launched at a higher price eventually catch up to it's lower priced competition, do you really think it's impossible for it to happen again? Just because you don't WANT it to happen doesn't mean that it won't.
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AngelicIceDiamond  +   176d ago
@Hooters Last place? they are tied. Every PlayStation fan says this but link me proof of this.

Waiting.
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medman  +   176d ago
Thank you for your discernment Biffnhooters...everything you stated is fact. Too bad so many among us can't handle the truth.
dedicatedtogamers  +   176d ago
"It is hard to pinpoint one reason why the Sony Playstation 4 is beating the Xbox One in this generation’s console war."

No, it really, really isn't hard at all. People who puppet this line are only allowing the problems that is causing the X1 to sell less to persist.
Lukas_Japonicus  +   176d ago
""It is hard to pinpoint one reason why the Sony Playstation 4 is beating the Xbox One in this generation’s console war."

Lmao, i could list 5 off the top of my head.

1.Their strong attitude/focus towards gamers.
2.POWAH.
3.Price.
4.1st party studios.
5. Their 2 decade long reputation of delivering great games. People know what they are getting when they buy a PS4 based off past playstations. Many of us grew up with the PS brand.
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stuna1  +   176d ago
Master Lukas, I ask that you train me in the ways of the force!?

Not saying that Microsoft won't sell a boat load of consoles, but to any conscientious buyer there is where their issue lies! In this economic climate people do realise the value of saving an extra hundred dollars. For those saying it doesn't, perhaps to you it doesn't, but the fact of the matter you are the minority! A new PS4/Xbox1 sets them apart from your everyday run of the mill Tablet/Iphone, The Iphone/Tablet scenerio is quite easy to understand when you have different iterations coming out every 6 months to a year with not huge leap ahead in technology, thereby making it more reliable in many peoples eyes, because they pretty much know what their getting! Why do you think we see mass exoduses when people are not getting what they have come to expect out of a phone/tablet, to them power means nothing to them, but feature on the other hand are a different story.

Consoles having long lifespans actually work against them, because most can't establish a reference point as far how powerful they should be at the time of release! Many know this to be true, because if it wasn't we wouldn't have PC gamers stating how outdated consoles are when theres any mention of specifications in the conversation. Here's another example; When the WII U released, didn't it automatically become the measuring stick to all other consoles before it? Yes it did, but it also became an up to date reference point for the consoles that were to follow!

The PS4 has presented a unique take on getting more value for less money, and the fact that good news travels fast, but bad news travels faster! Is exactly why things are happening the way they are.

@Lukas

I was agreeing with you, the spin on your name was in response to something that popped into my head.
KNWS  +   176d ago
Sony is broke, they're even letting of staff to restructure the company, if they don't they'll go bankrupt.

This is recent and it should worry PS4 owners. This is the reality not some conspiracy theory!
http://www.vg247.com/2014/0...

There is reason Sony is struggling bringing out new IP's and this will continue. Sony will be heavily depend on Indies and Multiplats this generation to keep PS4 owners happy.

Infamous, Killzone, uncharted are not new. The only true new IP to arrive on the PS4 is the Order 1886. And very little of anything of the game has been shown since E3.
Lukas_Japonicus  +   176d ago
@KNWS

My comment above must have made you upset for you to go on such an off topic rant. You sound like Belking, resorting to arguing financial states because you have no other arguments. Face facts, the PS4 is dominating. There's no other way to put it. The reasons i listed are perfect reasons why that dominance is occurring.

"There is reason Sony is struggling bringing out new IP's"

Or they are still being made....maybe? Sony doesn't just buy the rights to games from 3rd party developers and call them exclusives. Titanfall, Ryse and Dead Rising 3 are just that....mutliplat quality games that are exclusive for one reason and one reason only....payouts from MS. I want quality from my exclusives....and judging from past releases, the PS brand offers the best quality games.
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johndoe11211  +   176d ago
@KNWS

OMG!!! What the hell does any of that have to do with the topic at hand??? You're making truefan look like a sony fanboy.

O.T. I don't know how badly microsoft will loose this console war but I do know they are not gonna have repeat sales to boost numbers this time.

I still think the system will sell well enough for them to make an xbox two but this gen will belong to sony.

@Lukas

I don't think there are any other reasons besides the ones you just listed. You basically covered everything.
SLUG  +   176d ago
KNWS i read this to thats very true someone told me not to buy a ps4 because of this i think that xbo is going to be in a very good in the console wars
avengers1978  +   176d ago
@knws... Sony the company maybe struggling a little bit right now, but they also have there hands in everything, movies, music, TV show, making electronics like, TV's, radios, phones, computers... Etc. but the playstation brand has done very well in the video game competition PS1, PS2, and PS3 all sold more than 75 million units, and they own quite a few of the best game studios out there.

MS pays money to other devs to make there games exclusive to XBOX.
For Sony to lose out on there exclusives they would have to sell there studios, for MS to lose exclusives it only takes those third party devs to decide that they might make more money selling there game on all consoles. (Bioshock, Mass Effect come to mind)
AngelicIceDiamond  +   176d ago
"Their 2 decade long reputation of delivering great games. People know what they are getting when they buy a PS4 based off past playstations. Many of us grew up with the PS brand."

That's only half true. When the PS3 released it wasn't nearly as popular as the PS2 and MS starting taking huge chunks of market share away from Sony. Despite unappealing games (at first), hard to develop hardware(shady ports), weird advertisements, and cocky PR it was mainly the price.

Now the PS3 has redeem itself from the pit and now the PS4 is soaring now.

So name brand can be good but quickly be a downfall.
Sammy777  +   176d ago
@lukas
the power difference will be a big selling point i guess. We will certainly see when UK and eu numbers are out
MasterCornholio  +   176d ago
Oh yeah like its difficult to locate Dons epic screw ups with the system.

LOL

Or Microsoft telling us "All your games are belong to us"

ROFL
Megaton  +   176d ago
I spent 30 minutes today calling around trying to find a PS4 I could buy. Just about every time someone said they were out of stock, they jumped to tell me they had plenty of bones if I was interested in that instead. Retail is as desperate to get rid of them as Microsoft is desperate to make you believe it's a success.
ReBurn  +   176d ago
I walked into Target on Friday evening and just picked one up. There were 7 that just came in that afternoon. Probably didn't last long, though. If you're looking for one and there's a Target in your area ask the folks in electronics when their trucks come in. You might get lucky.
Hicken  +   176d ago
We've got four PS4s and four XB1s at my store. The XB1s have been there since Christmas, but most of the PS4s have been around since the restock. For the most part, people have stopped checking to see if we have them because we were out for so long. I don't watch TV like I used to, but I imagine there should be- if there isn't already- a campaign to let regular folks who don't come to gaming websites know that there ARE PS4s in stores right now.
Megaton  +   176d ago
I ended up finding one at a GameStop on the other side of the valley (I live in LA). All the Targets, Best Buys, Walmarts, etc. I checked were out, as well as a couple of the non-chain gaming stores I called like GameDude in North Hollywood.

$501 and a 20-mile round trip later: http://i.imgur.com/XvisvzV....
GameSpawn  +   176d ago
Congrats Megaton and ReBurn for your finds. It's like finding a rare gem at this point. Sony might as well engrave everyone's name on the damn things at this point because they are sold before they've even left the assembly line -- demand is ludicrous.

There is not long until a few more games drop in February and March (just enough time to play what interests you of the launch games), so maybe it's fate that you found them when you did.
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Megaton  +   176d ago
I was gonna wait for Infamous before getting mine, but I was sitting at my computer this morning thinking that I should just go out and get one. Realized I had $780 cash on me, so I just decided to do it. It was the 2nd time I had ever been to a GameStop. The first was to get Kojima's autograph. Only under the most dire of circumstances do I step foot into a GameSlop.
CernaML  +   176d ago
Yo Megaton! Im also in the San Fernando area and freaggin love Gamedude.

I can confirm that the PS4 was completely out everywhere I went to look around the area. Had to resort to craigslist to get mine. :P

I was surprised to see a few at Target in Pacoima not too long ago.
KNWS  +   176d ago
Two months since November launch. Losing the console war. Lets see who is winning by the end of the summer?

Microsoft when it starts selling in China. Sony will be behind. Chinese are not buying Japanese goods as much due to the tensions between both countries.
cycofoo831  +   176d ago
Nah. The chinese are smart fuckers. They know what the trends are world wide and they know whats the better brand. That's why theyd sell a kidney for an iphone
Majin-vegeta  +   176d ago
* Chinese are not buying Japanese goods as much due to the tensions between both countries.

Wow,Talk about being uneducated and ignorant.As someone who is dating someone that is mix of both Japanese and chinese with some Hispanic thrown in there I say you're full of sh*t.The only ones who still hold a grudge are the nutcases just like all other countries out there who have people that don't like an other race.

OT:Why xbox is losing is simple.M$ thought people would just bend over accept what ever they threw at them.But M$ made one big mistake.WE THE PEOPLE ARE THE ONES THAT KEEP YOU IN BUSINESS NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND.
BlakHavoc  +   176d ago
Seriously dude? Lol, and you think the Chinese just love American goods simply cause it's "American"? The Chinese understand what the most popular products are out there, they are for what ever will help generate the most money. If the PS4 continues to do well, it'll do fine in China.
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edonus  +   176d ago
Losing? Ha!

The Xbox One has generated more money than the Ps4 so far. What exactly are they losing?

The competition is selling a cheaper product in more places and not generating the same monetary results. We are 2-3 months in and you got people trying to pick winners and losers. This is why the internet is broken...... they keep on giving these skewed views to herd the ponies and they fall for it all the time.

The X1 is selling great! Success is not measured based on what other people do. Do you think selling consoles is like football the most points on the board wins.
The X1 is currently outpacing MS most successful console. It doesnt matter if Sony moves a trillion units it doesnt stop what MS has accomplished.

Articles like this are a cancer on the gaming community and make the hobby of gaming look stupid.
cycofoo831  +   176d ago
You must have been born without a neocortex.
MysticStrummer  +   176d ago
Yeah the internet is broken all right, because it has people like you cheering for a company who built a cheaper product and made it more expensive than the lower priced yet more powerful competition.

*slow clap for the MS shareholders*
BlakHavoc  +   176d ago
I thought the PS4 sold better than the X1?
chobit_A5HL3Y  +   176d ago
still sony. sorry, things aren't gonna go the way you want them to lolz
Shad0wRunner  +   176d ago
XBox One isnt losing anything, least of all, the console war.

I say this as a proud Sony fanboy...but even the most intelligent fanboys know when to pay homage to their competitor's. Microsoft has been playing a decent game, thus far. Granted...they could do better, but XBox One has been fairing well against PS4. It's been neck and neck, give and take and XB1 has been lagging behind PS4...but not by much. It's like watching a good football game. The superbowl of game consoles and it's Sony Vs microsoft on the green.

Let's respect Microsoft for their efforts. Hell...theyre the only ones giving Sony a decent challenge, right now. We all know we wont see major plays like this, from Nintendo.

Know what I mean? LOL
Hicken  +   176d ago
A decent game? I can't agree with that. The game they've played has resulted in, quite possibly, the most controversial console/reveal in history. Tons of bad press, a PR nightmare. It's a Christmas miracle that the XB1 is selling as well as it is. And that's not at all due to Microsoft having done the console any favors.

It was, roughly, neck and neck after a month or so, but that's changed, and the gap between the two consoles is only going to get bigger. Really, I'd like to give kudos to Microsoft- and, in fact, when they first reversed their DRM policies, I did just that- but the fact is that they've done an amazing horrible job with the XB1, and are suffering NO consequences for it, based on sales.

I can respect the efforts of some of their developers(not Turn 10), and I can respect a few other people like Phil Spencer, but I give NONE to Microsoft and the majority of their PR people, who have only lied or twisted reality in order to present a certain message.

The XB1 may well be successful, but winning the console war is and always has been based on one thing: selling the most consoles. In that respect, the XB1, like the Wii U, is losing.

I'm not paying homage to anybody who does or attempts to do to my (second) favorite hobby what Microsoft tried.
Shad0wRunner  +   176d ago
Yeah, youre right.

Then again, the war has just begun. Were only a few months out the gate. I dont refute anything youve said. I agree with you. This gap you speak of...probably will grow larger, over time. But somehow...I dont see Microsoft just laying down for Sony. Not just yet.

I have a feeling we havent seen Microsoft's "best play" in this game. Let's see where XB1 is a year from now. If theyre in no better shape...then this article may very well be right.

Time will tell...
BlakHavoc  +   176d ago
Agreed. MS won't lay an egg though, like Shadow said I think MS hasn't shown their hand yet. The best has yet to come, but the same can be said for Sony lol. PSNow, VR headset as well as their biggest first party studios may change the look of things in a year or two. Naughty Dog and SSM are growing and may produce more than one game at a time, SSM may actually produce two or more projects at a time this gen.
muddygamesite  +   176d ago
I think buying both consoles is definitely the way forward.

They both have exciting games irrespective of their internal differences (and similarities).

It's too early to say who is winning for definite and who is loosing seeing as we are less than a year into the new generation, and anything could happen.

In the end, both consoles are selling well, which is good for the gaming industry as a whole.

We are yet to see the Impact the Steam machines will have on the console war.

But it's an exiting time to be a gamer!
ReBurn  +   176d ago
I grabbed PS4 first, but when Xbox One drops in price I'll get one of those, too. I hate missing out on exclusives. And I like to make sure I get the best multiplat experience. I think that for the foreseeable future the PS4 will provide that.
Shad0wRunner  +   176d ago
LOL. Steam wont have any impact on the console war.

Theyre lucky if they can even get a scratch in. xD
urwifeminder  +   176d ago
Loosing has never been so much fun Forza ,ryse and DR3 are fantastic so many laughs thankyou MS.
BlakHavoc  +   176d ago
It's way too early to dictate who's going to win this war. MS IMO still has plenty of guns to flaunt as well as Sony, we haven't seen the best of either party IMO. Once Titanfall drops we'll see a spike in sales for the X1, I honestly believe it'll dethrone CoD and cause a few FPS faithfuls to flock over to the new king of the block, that means a few people will trade in their PS4's for X1's just so they can put massive hours online into a new MP shooter. I know it sounds kind of crazy but if there's one thing we've learned last gen, it's that games that have addictive online MP normally collect the most crowds. Titanfall will even things out for MS but Sony isn't stupid either, they know they don't have a game with the same kind of online appeal as a Titanfall or Halo so they will do what they do better than they ever have IMO, and that's drop top notch exclusives. Were not seeing the goods now, but I think after E3 the picture will be clear on what Sony has cooking in the kitchen, they have the devs, the hardware and finally the funds to produce like never before. All in all both parties will do very well, and both understand now what brought them to the success they have today. I think Sony understand they need to try and repeat what they did with the PS2 and that's to try and create a massive library for their console with games that can only be played on a PS console.
Buzz7S  +   176d ago
Not even 3 months into what will be a 5+ year battle, and we're already calling who won the 'war'? Yep, okay!
Max-Zorin  +   176d ago
This so called console war nonsense need to die in a fire. It's 2014 for crying out loud.
quaneylfc  +   176d ago
i wish they would stop posting shit like this and focus on game news.

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