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History repeating: Xbox One is following PS3′s rocky first year

It’s easy to criticise the Xbox One for a pre- and post-launch period that has seen the console change almost entirely from what it set out to be – an all-in-one connected entertainment box – to a more refined and honest video games console.

But the console business comes and goes in cycles. There are always fads and novelties, some of which last a few months (3D) and others years (Wii). But mostly the cycle of new hardware, followed by a barren period of games launches and gradual improvement in quantity and quality – until the new-gen is a solid market and the old-gen recedes – is a reliable constant.

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xJumpManx645d ago

Spot on article. Should be interesting to see if Microsoft can rebound.

Lightning Mr Bubbles645d ago (Edited 645d ago )

Well, if this is an XBOX fan feel good article, about look how PS3 started slow against XBOX 360 also, and then eventually sold more consoles worldwide, then I'm not sure I see things the same way as this article.

But then again, I didn't read the article, just the title.

Eonjay645d ago (Edited 645d ago )

I understand what you are saying. But I think the bigger point is that no one saw the Wii coming; let alone selling 100M units.

A rebuttal would be to say that that Wii caught on early. Once the mass market got ahold of it, it took off. And again, it did so early. Are we past that point for Xbox One?

A third viewpoint would be to say that the PS4's pace puts it really far ahead, but there is more than enough market to go around.

Lightning Mr Bubbles645d ago

Eonjay,

I didn't understand a damn thing you said, but politically correct comments that don't offend anyone are always a good way to get bubbles.

nix645d ago (Edited 645d ago )

360 sold more because

- of the RROD (which meant many rebought 360 mulitiple times).
- they had one a year head start.
- most of the multiplats games looked better on 360.
- PS3 was expensive as hell initially (600 dollars).

Now over the years PS3 overtook 360 in spite of all those stumbling blocks. let's look at the situations now:

- One is less powerful than PS4.
- multiplats are shining better on PS4.
- they both had the same release year.
- both are priced equally.

Did anyone notice that PS4 has absolutely no disadvantage here unlike the previous gen? One will sell well but will never beat PS4. that's the bitter pill xbox fans will have to learn to swallow. or a harsher way to put it out would be #dealwithit.

Lightning Mr Bubbles645d ago

I'm not sure if PS3 sold more consoles that XBOX 360 did, but I think on a worldwide bases, the PS3 is still going stronger than the 360, and it should continue for at least another year, so if it hasn't sold more consoles, it might by the time last gen is fully over.

Utalkin2me645d ago (Edited 645d ago )

How is it a spot on article? Ok, when the PS3 came out. It was a year later then the 360 and was way better in tech. Blu ray, wireless, HDMI, Bigger HDD, rechargeable controllers. And the PS3 still outsold the 360, at a higher price.

And look today to the Xbox1, they released the same year. It's a higher price for less tech. Or same price for less tech.

It's not even close to being the same.

AngelicIceDiamond645d ago

What you just said wasn't even right.

timotim645d ago

When the PS3 hit the market, the Xbox 360 had a 8 million plus console lead on it. I don't know if PS3 has outsold 360 at this point (doesn't matter), but Sony was able to at least catch up over time in units sold at least. The difference between X1 and PS4 is a lot less than that at this point and theirs no telling what deals, innovations or financial situations will transpire over the next few years that changes the landscape. Personally, as long as they both maintain profit then the industry can thrive. But just to look at units sold as your only gauge would be unfortunate.

TheWackyMan645d ago

Do you even remember the early years of the PS3? PS3 was absolutely terrible, all the way up until 2009, when it finally had some games worth buying. Not to mention that PS3 always had the inferior multiplats and worse online services.

If you think about it, it's really amazing that the PS3 bounced back like it did. (maybe not that amazing cause all those glorious exclusives)

Double Toasted645d ago

The PS3's scenario was way worse...for the consumer, IMO. Having to wait 2-3 years for a better than average game to arrive along with dealing with a weak online offering. MS may be a little jealous but I think they're happy also, I know as a customer I am. Its about the games and with the XB1 I need to rarely look over to see what the PS4 and Sony are offering.

LonDonE645d ago

@Utalkin2me
Agreed 100%
Also the fact that the PS3 was always known to be more powerful then the 360, it was just a case of the developers getting to grips with the cell! where as with the X1 vs the PS4 its completely different! EVERYONE KNOWS THE X1 IS WEAKER THEN THE PS4! and so in no way can it catch up eventually! the PS3 vs 360 situation was completely different!

This article is not spot on and is bull! everyone knew the cell when used properly would make the PS3 more powerful, but with the x1 the esram/cloud/secret sauce is not going to do jack tidily squat! the PS4 is more powerful in more then 1 way compared to the X1! just deal with it people.

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AngelicIceDiamond645d ago

Its interesting because regardless of MS bad messaging and marketing being allot worse than PS3's, its still bouncing back much, much faster than PS3.

DanielGearSolid645d ago

What do u consider bouncing back?

strickers645d ago

Incorrect. The PS3 sold more than 360 every year but 1( where it was outsold by 80000 , I believe).
The situation is nothing like the same.
XB1 could make a comeback in US and UK but EU it has no chance. Would take years to get worldwide parity IF it could outsell PS4 . It will probably always fall further and further behind, globally.

Kingthrash360645d ago (Edited 645d ago )

Smh....angelic ...did truefan hack your account? Because your comment seems just as blind as his. You do realize the ps3 outsold 360 almost every month...the only reason it played catch up was the year head start. In this case the Xbox dropped its price, doubled its sales and STILL DIDNT OUT SELL THE PS4. in no way is the x1 bouncing back...it in fact the gap widens every month as the ps4 out sells it month after month...and I know you know this...so truefan stop hacking angleics profile your making his comments as delusional and untrusted as yours.

SilentNegotiator645d ago (Edited 645d ago )

It's clear that people have fallen for MS's trick of sabotaging their own May sales with a $100 cheaper SKU announcement (a month ahead of time) and comparing their June sales to make it look like Xbone had a massive boost (and hilariously pretending like their E3 showing was a significant part of the reason it saw an uptick). I wonder how many of their investors are just as gullible.

There was no "bounce back". There was a month with its sales potential cut in half with a conveniently early announcement and a month in which the people who were swayed to wait a month went out and bought it.

Why o why645d ago (Edited 645d ago )

Damn angelic . . . .

Put ms a year behind in release date then tell me about better than the ps3. . . The gap is widening as it stands so how can it possibly be in a better state than the console that clawed back an 8-9 million deficit. This basically means the ps3 was selling faster than its competitor which the x1, currently, is not. You see what I'm saying .

I think a lot of the 'selling poorly' rhetoric was based off NA numbers and perpetuated by the western media who had their own console to champion.

UltraNova645d ago

The xb1 is priced a lot better than the ps3 in its first year (600 dollars in 2006 money vs 400-500 in 2014)and is nowhere near the ps3's "bouncing back" momentum as the ps3 sold more units than the 360 and xb1 in their respective time-spans all while receiving hate and being priced higher the whole generation.

Stop spreading bullshit.

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HAC522645d ago (Edited 645d ago )

N4G users are getting ridiculous. you posted a comment with the intent of sharing a thought and stimulating conversation, and instead you get down voted.

Now, i love my PS3, i like my ps4, and do not intend on buying an xbox, but almost all the users on here have become the fanboy extremists that we hated with the 360. just look, every single comment that does not preach PS4 superiority and does not bash the xbox to hell is unjustly downvoted.

the community here is shot.

SilentNegotiator645d ago

He shared that he felt the same way as the article and people who didn't feel the same disagreed.

That doesn't even remotely justify your little tirade about how no one can not dislike Xbone without getting disagrees and blah blah blah.

stuna1645d ago

People don't agree with the comment, plain and simple! That's what the agree and disagree buttons are for. Seems like you need to grow a thicker skin!

Plenty of times I've made comments that were swamped with disagrees, but I had to come to the realization that everyone doesn't necessarily think the way I do! And to be honest, It's some really cool cats on these boads who don't necessarily agree with every comment I make! Even some of the diehards are cool, and good for a laugh.

But on topic, the PS3 and Xbox1 aren't similar situations! IMO the Xbox1 was a train wreck waiting to happen out the starting gate. Microsoft made a nearly lethal mistake from the beginning that will potentially cost them this generation, they made a product geared to what they wanted! Not to what their fanbase wanted, and they have expended all this excessive time that they don't have, trying to reverse course to a direction they should have been going in from the start, if they had only listened to those who support them! Their fanbase.

GrandpaSnake645d ago

"Both consoles had ridiculously high prices, way above the nearest competitor"

yes, but the ps3 was actually innovating with blue ray and backwards compatibility(ps3/ps2/ps1/psp remote play). they were also pushing it as a super computer. learning how to acces the os was actually pretty cool, something people in the world took advantage of for pirating and modifications.playstation had to take a hit and remove some of these features but still offered the premium choice for someone who didn't mind to pay for it. even after they stopped offering BC they still released limited edition like the much sought out for metal gear solid ps3, that offered extra usb slots memory card slots, BC ,upgraded internals, touch sensitive power and eject buttons all in a package in size comparable to the 360.

"Now those issues are dealt with, it’s time for a clear run back to popularity " holy sniping jesus!
what the hell happened to customized consoles, just because you slap a sticker on it doesn't make it special. if it is a custom paint job then i stand corrected.this is slighly comparable to the ps4's that are considered released by sony. they are engraved though but it is just the face plate.im not sure wich i would like more...thats why i went for the white destiny bundle sku i would of liked the power up sound to upgraded but thats my point.

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user7402931645d ago

The only difference is that they released at the SAME TIME! so as a matter of fact it is NOT true. Xbox 360 was released an entire year in north america BEFORE ps3 even came out and STILL got OUTSOLD. So any assumptions that it's in the same situation will be shot down by FACTS.

DanielGearSolid645d ago

Yup...

Besides the X1 is getting way more early support than ps3 did (cough cough EA)

Remember Bioshock, Mass Effect, and even a f***** Tales of game were exclusive to 360 at one point

xDHAV0K24x644d ago

it had time to release with features that the 360 didn't. wifi, bluray how can it NOT outsell the 360? AND all those exclusives? c'mon son

Sy_Wolf645d ago

Rocky first year? Try rocky first 3 years. And Microsoft just assumed that everyone would buy their hardware just like Sony did with the PS3. Sony was able to turn it around and sell more than Microsoft so the Xbone isn't doomed. Also, before you say Microsoft shipped more unit's than Sony remember that the PS3 came out a year later.

Thatguy-310645d ago (Edited 645d ago )

Microsoft brand isn't as strong as Sony IMO. I mean there is a reason the PS4 took off the way it did. The reason the ps3 caught up to the Xbox last generation was simply because people hold off for it. I mean both consoles released around the same time and the PS4 sky rocketed to success with no "games". BTW when I'm talking about brand power I'm simply referring worldwide.

masterfox645d ago (Edited 645d ago )

lol this ain't the same, PS3 wasn't a weak hardware ;) and since released the PS3 outsold the 360 globally like every month.

the xbone was 100 bucks higher and 50 % weaker than the PS4, yeah pretty much the same as the PS3 release. lol

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