With Nintendo reporting a $97 million loss even with Mario Kart now out, is it all over for console gaming?
This is a very odd article. It poses a question (see title) talks about what the last generation had and what this generation has, then proceeds to ask its readers on what they should do. Why post the question if your not going to attempt to answer it. Anyway. The jump last generation was quite huge. Hence we got big titles fairly early on. It is going to take longer. It doesn't mean it needs saving
This is the first year for two of the consoles this generation. Like with any generation the best is yet to come and people are writing it all off way too quickly.
i have got to agree. last gen i never got a next gen console early on and i remember gamers and gaming media complaining about no games to play especially with the ps3 that had only motostorm and i think resistance in its first year of release. OT: i had a thought today about sony and psnow. not sure if sony understands how important psnow is. with mobile becoming really powerful and claiming "console quality experience" sony could be ahead of the curve by being the first to that provides ps1,2,3,4 games to be able to be played on such devices thus stealing back some of the gamers they have lost to the ipads and andriod devices. obviously this would only be possible once mobile graphics does allow these complex games to be played on them. this approach in my opinion could keep their console and eco system relevant for quite awhile
They know, publishers clearly don't yet-hence the pricing of everything but the 7 day rentals... but it'll change with time im sure.
I didn't know the ps4 needed saving.
@johndoe It does, from opinion pieces like this.
exclusives exclusives exclusives that makes each of the console special
IMO I think this is the first time a lot of people complaining have been early adopters to the new generation of consoles, because for old time gamers this is nothing new, and no big deal. WII U sales are improving, XB1 started off better than 360, and PS4 has been selling great since it's release. No saving needed.
They need to stop development on last gen, focus all resources on new gen and bring us games faster. The more choice people have to play on a consol, the more sales they will get. Why did nintendo fail so much this gen. Weak hardware, not enough games, a lot of empty promises. Why is MS falling so behind Sony. Because after last gen people now know Sony can deliver games from all their first party studios compared to MS and the more power isn't helping much either with Multiplats looking better for Sony which went in MS favor last gen. With 8.7 mil PS4s sold I think Sonys do very well considering there isn't a big selection of games out yet. But all that will change in the next 6 months
All the consoles in existence need saving now ? What kind of religion is this? lol
The religion is that of Hate. It's practiced worldwide by a new, more vocal group of entitled, ADHD generation gamers. LOL Seriously, I understand the mentality. But, I don't understand the need for them to constantly complain about any and everything just for the sake of having something to complain about. I get valid criticism but the rest is just having to have something to say.
What Can Sony, Microsoft And Nintendo Do To Save Their Consoles? hire more talents. I noticed most devs can't handle making games in a timely manner for the game engines of today. Its seem as though that the more RAM Devs work with, the crappier the games get; or the more time they have to spend producing their games. Personally speaking, I think most devs just has to own up to themselves on what they can't or can handle. Open world doesn't cut it either. We need more variety in play mechanics. game engine's game play development structure are too repetitive from one game level to the next. Nintendo has the right idea...They try to make every level different in play mechanic but the problems is they can do it in fast enough. They need to hire more talents as well.
smoking the good delusional stuff eh?
Sure thing dude. Care to join me? But on the real though, Give it some time and you'll see for yourself.
I hope this article don't get approved. Makes no sense at all! they don't need to do anything. Sony, nintendo, and microsoft are doing just fine. This sounds like somebody looking for hits.
Never knew any of them needed saving :/ must be flame bait.
That's what I'm saying. Even with X1 not doing as well as Sony with sales it's still doing well. Nothing needs saving. This is a joke of an article.
So this guy thinks that because PSNow could use some work that the whole PS4 needs "saving"? What logic is that?
Don't go expecting logic out of whatculture. Ain't gonna happen.
All the consoles need saving! Save the consoles quick... THEY ARE DYING!
Ummm, the loss Nintendo put out there was for Q1, Mario Kart didn't come out until Q2 towards the end at that. Why do so many writers keep messing that up? We believe that Nintendo should hopefully made a profit for Q2.
Their fiscal year may start in 2nd quarter, therefore it is their first quarter results. ... December would therefore be 3rd quarter. Regardless their losses are decreasing and hopefully Oct to Dec will turn things around for them.
you do realize, that the financial Year of Nintendo is, like most of the tech companies, NOT aligned with the calendar year? So while you keep blabbering about Mario Kart WiiU not releasing before Q2 2014 here is the definition of "Q1" from Nintendo themselves: Earnings Release: First Quarter Ended June 30, 2014 ( http://www.nintendo.co.jp/i... ) ENDED JUNE 30 end of June ... JUNE ... The month between July and May ...the 6th month of the calendar year ... the end of Q2 of the calendar year. Now go and try again with your claim that Mario Kart WiiU was NOT released in Q1 financial of Nintendo... Seems that so many writers got that RIGHT, cause they know what they write, other than certain people claiming otherwise without checking their facts, right? On the topic of the "Article": neither of the 3 Companies needs "saving" right now. This doom nonsense is getting ridicules. (note to self: FIRST hit 'post' then bio-break, otherwise someone might sneak inbetween :p )
Smash is coming. Thats a for sure system mover. MS needs to pump out the next installment of the same games that kept the 360 on top. Halo, COD, GEARS.
Lol are you serious? 'Pumping out the same games' over and over is precisely why most don't take Microsoft seriously in the first place. They need to do the exact opposite of what you're suggesting
no I wasnt being serious. I was mocking last gen.
True, but you'll never convince them to do so as long as those franchises have die-hard fans.
The answer is easy release good exclusive titles for your console. No wait! Media updates and rental services, yeah that's it! Games are secondary for gaming consoles!
It's not even been a year for two of these consoles and people already talking about saving?
What can you say? People are so impatient nowadays. When webpage loads longer than 5 seconds these people start to get angry and destroy their computer.
Turn-based RPGs are the only thing that can pull me in. I need at least 3, before I consider buying a console. I don't "buy" digital, and I don't buy shovelware. So...nothing. They'll never get me to buy them. I only bought a PS3 and Wii because I never expected the death of the genre. I've wised up, now.
Didn't knowing the PS4 needs saving ? PS Now needs saving but not the PS4.
PS4 needs saving ? no it's more like the Vita. It needs more fps type of games. Wii U needs saving ? some aspects yeah in terms of more variety of shooting games that are like Killzone, Resistance etc, but in Nintendo's style.
They can do this just listen my fellow gamers I've been trying to get the big 3 Sony Microsoft and Nintendo to make a cross play game.. Now listen in the game it's a MP shooter/almost anything now hold your like how's that?So if your playing on the WII u you get to pick nintendo owned and third party ips that we gamer think in our own gamer hearts belong on nintendo and each one will play kinda like how the would in there game so TUROK Samus FPS MArio one jump you get what I mean for game play and link hack and slash and same for the other 2 sony and Microsoft and each will have its own list only on there system and each one built to go with that ones strength wii u gamepad/ second screen 3DS remote play. XBox one connect/cloud /touch screen thing app. PS4 touchpad/ six axis/ remote play and then third party neutral IP character that all sides that can pick and some only 2 sides can pick just one that belong and have been on one there systems and here's the best part they can market it about fanboys now they can fight each other in that system video game world and see witch ones the best so let's all join together speak up show them we want this they want money we want great video games that are new and fresh but have what we love and this is the next big thing in gaming if done right I will buy all 3.. let's get the game we all been dreaming of since we were kids.. and no DLC just make a new one every gen let's make this happen sorry for wall of text and very bad grammar but yeah come one spam all there emails pass the Word on!!
If the PS4 needs saving then the x1 and Wiiu are are steps away from cardiac arrest.
Why exactly do these consoles always need "saving"? Oh wait, they don't. It's just a click bait title. Won't be reading it.
I think Microsoft and Sony already know where gaming needs to go. Nintendo does need saving if it doesn't want to become a niche product by gaming standards. Contrary to what Sony fanboys think, gaming is headed to teh cloud. Compute and all. And the console of the future is already in your hand. Or pocket. Chips are getting smaller and more powerful. Bandwidth is becoming more readily available. The chip in both the Xbox One and PS4 are mobile chips. And they will both receive die shrinks that will take them down to the 14nm size during this console cycle. The Puma cores that AMD developed will replace the Jaguar cores used in the current consoles in a month or so. They are 30-40% faster and the GPUs in them are more powerful too. Nintendo could modify one of those APUs and own this generation. Just take a look at AMDs chip roadmap and you will see the chips in the new consoles will look old very quickly. And DX12 and Mantle will make every new chip increase the gap between PCs, phones and tablets look huge in just a few years. But the savior for Microsoft and Sony is those phones. People willingly upgrade phones at a far faster rate than consoles. So we may see fully compatible phones in the next few years to soften the transition to a completely phone gaming system in the next six or seven years. This will also allow consoles to better keep pace with those new PC APIs. There is a reason Sony is pushing Xperia and a reason Microsoft bought Nokia. Phones are the next consoles. They'll have HDMI output, cloud support for streaming and compute. And you'll take it everywhere you go. With the new storage that allows TB levels in small cheap packaging and better speeds you won't need a console under your TV. You might need a battery pack though. So get ready for a console upgrade every three years and expect it to be subsidized by your phone service provider. Not a bad deal to me.
Don't worry for PS4. One and Wii U only are in trouble.
What can they do??? Get online more. Be more like PC. Be more open. More mmo's, more varied content, more exclusives. I thought this would happen last gen but was severally disappointed.
So, the PS4, one of the best selling consoles in years, needs saving? Or the X1, which is selling more units than the 360 did in it's first year even when it had no competition needs saving? The only console that isn't doing so hot is the Wii U, and Nintendo has been going down this path for years.
Didnt know the Xbox One needed saving?The X1 has made profit since launch and this past quarter ending june the Xbox division profits was up again.Also its the second fastest selling console of all time at this point in its life and its only in 13 countrys right now.I know nintendo has been losing money for the past 3 years now and the playstation division has lost over 6 billion since 2006.This past quarter the playstation division finally made profit.So it might be ok now?Nintendo is the only one that is in trouble and needs to leave the console market.
Wii u is recovering from its losses, and great games are releasing for it soon, so no. They don't need to leave the console market.
Give us games....period.
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