Nintendo and Microsoft are making the right moves to cut into Sony's lead in video games

Being the underdog counts for a lot in the video game industry. Both Nintendo and Microsoft are making smart moves against Sony's dominant position.

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UCForce127d ago

Well, I think Microsoft and Nintendo going to make Sony have wake up call.

Chaosdreams127d ago

In retrospect to what exactly? Games? All platforms should have them so... it's about time Nintendo got their first party power back in line. As for Microsoft, they boast about power while offering games that can be played on multiple platforms. Power is nice, but that won't put you in first place if the exclusives don't exist (besides their trio).

I believe a more accurate statement would be that Nintendo has finally begun to wake up, and Microsoft is flexing its muscles, saying words like "exclusive" in the vaguest of ways, while it yawns and rubs its eyes.

Now, that being said. Sony has been in the lead for awhile, and like everyone who hangs in first place for awhile, they do begin to slow down. Be it them holding back at this year's E3 (and the more I think about it, the more it felt kind of, odd, cold even), or the fact they are refusing cross platform play (a move, not for the gamer, but for the investor - which irritates me, but I get it).

Sony will wake up when it's own player base says "what gives?" But, Microsoft/Nintendo, have their own hurdles to overcome before being given a golden medal for trying. If Sony makes the same mistakes as its competitors (getting full of itself, not listening) then they will rightfully so, lose chunks of the market (over a period of time).

Competition is great. Crowning a king in three seconds, doesn't help (all the "winner" articles, annoy me, even the ones that go towards Sony). Sony earned their position this gen because they focused on games, games, and games.

Now it's time to see what they'll do when Nintendo/Microsoft close the lead.

yeahright2127d ago

Sony's slowing down? have you seen the number of games this year alone?

Chaosdreams127d ago

Yes, I own many of them. I'm not questioning Sony's commitment to releasing games, they do that superbly. What they are slowing down in, is the way they go about revealing them (this years e3 was different) and their stance on cross-platform gaming / backwards (for those who care - I don't).

All it takes are a few differences, a few choices of dragging the feet towards change, and that's where competitors strike. Nintendo and Microsoft are coming at the gaming industry from vastly different approaches than Sony is.

A vague breakdown:
Sony - A lot of games (exclusive and multi), VR
Microsoft - multi-plat games, a silly name for the most powerful console soon to be on the market
Nintendo - Strong exclusive games (IP's that never die), mobility/niche

If Nintendo and Microsoft then make a move on cross-platform, and Sony doesn't. That's Sony being slow.

rainslacker125d ago

Damned if you do, damned if you don't.

Sony has plenty to show without revealing much right now to try and stay relevant. On top of that, if they announce things more than a week from release, people accuse them of announcing too early, because people apparently have the attention span of a gold fish.

Sony's not really doing wrong on the new games front. Even if they don't have something of their own coming, they have plenty of support from 3rd party. They could open up BC a bit, and that might be nice if they wake up to it, but Sony is doing what a console maker should do in every other case.

masterfox127d ago (Edited 127d ago )

I wonder what right moves they are talking about ?

* Nintendo pathetic E3 presentation, sorry a few seconds of a title screen of Metroid won't make me go insane.

* Or a average MS presentation that lack the games to justify that 499.99 price tag , that Anthem game should it have been a game in console release date, it look pretty awesome, but in the end is a EA/Bioware/MS game so who knows how much of that was real, remember that Forza game running on nvidia GTX and MS claiming was realtime from the xbone ?, shameful.

Sony already have lots of heavy hitters multiplataform games coming in with exclusive content, has the best exclusives that any other console, has the best price, and it looks like the PS4 already has 2018 on its pockets after all those exclusive announcements.

In the end everyone later this year will have something play and they should be happy, Nintendo fans will play only Mario Odyssey for months while putting a Metroid 4 wallscroll in their rooms for a 24/7 watching too, MS fans will try to find games to justify its 499 purchase, and Sony fans will have the best games from any genre for their disposal to play, so in the end everyone should be happy.

Woolly_127d ago (Edited 127d ago )

Nintenod's conference was certainly not pathetic . . Its was very good.

MS also had a good conferece... you guys are always bringing up stats... did Microsoft not show more games on stage than Sony?

I think Sony's doing so well now they don't have to try as hard anymore... I'm actually glad they're going well.. 'cause it brings out the best in the others.

GamingIVfun127d ago (Edited 127d ago )

Neither Nintendo's nor Microsoft conference were in any way mind blowing. Sony's wasn't terrible, the conference was short but they also had a hour long pre show where they showed a lot of games.

Microsoft tried to pass off timed exclusives, many of them indie games as exclusives. Indies having short time exclusivity on one or the other console is pretty common, PS4 has lots of them too. They showed pc footage for Metro. And we find out later that many of the games on Xbox One X will be 4k 30 FPS.

Nintendo's conference was OK not mind blowing at all, showing a tittle screen for Metroid Prime is great but if they are just showing a tittle screen it's probably a long way from being released. Also Nintendo showed quite a bit less content and was only twenty five minutes long. I love Nintendo and I love my Switch but the conference was just OK.

donman1127d ago

Nintendo video presentation was predictable as expected every year. Heavy on their own IPs (often no new IPs in gaming genres they have no presence in) and extremely lite on 3rd party support once again. None of the announced AAA titles from 3rd party are coming to the current Nintendo console/portable device. This trend has been consistent for 3 generations now.

Once again....This will be a 3rd generation were Nintendo gaming systems will not get any AAA 3rd party games. At this point its safe to say it will never happen moving forward. The real continued troubling pattern here is Nintendo have given zero effort in expanding their own 1st and 2nd party studios to offset this. For me, the last time I owned a Nintendo console was the GameCube. Its been PS3 and now PS4 since. As much as I love Mario and the Metroid Prime games... I just cannot invest in the Switch just for those two.

Eiyuuou127d ago

"MS also had a good conferece... you guys are always bringing up stats... did Microsoft not show more games on stage than Sony? "

That's the thing. Both were just bad.

MS showed a lot of games, but almost all of them were either multiplats. The only real exclusives the showed were

a) SSDD (Forza 7)
b) Just plain bad/boring (State of Decay 2)
c) Not what they should have shown (Crackdown 3)
d) What we've already seen (Cuphead and Sea of Thieves)

I know d) is inevitable but it a platform also needs a lot of new fresh IP's.

Sony fucked up royally as well. They showed pretty much nothing new either. Some multiplatforms, DLC, VR stuff andstuff we'd already seen.

Tldr; both Microsoft and Sony did not bring enough new exclusives to E3.

Moonman127d ago

Yet on amazon, most of the games in the top pre-orders are for Nintendo Switch. Super Mario Odyssey and Metroid Prime 4 in the top tier slots. Days Gone is not even in the Top 100 and it's available for pre-order. Sit down, be humble.

frostypants127d ago (Edited 127d ago )

Nintendo actually has a decent lineup coming though, even if their presentation sucked. Nintendo has always been OK early on in lifecycles, when they get their heavy hitter franchises out. It's after that initial wave that they've been screwing up the last couple of gens.

MS though was relying on too many 3rd party non-exclusives to pad their presentation. Timed exclusivity is not exclusivity. They need to get their crap together and invest in the real deal.

sk8ofmnd127d ago


Exactly... Keep poking the sleeping giant. Sony said themselves that they held back content where nintendo and ms prob gave e3 everything they had... When youre the market leader you dont need to be or act desperate.

ShottyatLaw127d ago

MS said the same thing

Nintendo obviously held back just based on some games only getting mentions and teasers.

Quit drinking the Kool Aid. All three are gearing up to deliver in the coming years.

yeahright2127d ago (Edited 127d ago )

Nintendo is doing it right. This late in the gen, shoot for being people's second console. Plus offer something their main console can't. gaming on the go. with xenoblade, Metroid (if it ends up looking good, need more than a title screen) and Mario xcom, I only need to see 2 more games before I make the plunge for a switch.
As for MS, I'm in the minority here, but I have a PC so an xbox is just redundant. But If I didn't, I'd say they're making some right moves but they haven't nailed it like Nintendo has. They're banking too much on new hardware, they're not truly investing in new games and they're moving away from a nice sized chunk of the gaming community by talking smack about single player games and moving towards games as a service which to a lot of us means micro transaction city.

ocelot07127d ago

Nintendo is getting it spot on in recent months. I was very dismissive of the Switch when it was announced. But I did buy one at £200 (thanks Gameseek). At first I didn't get into BOTW but I love it now. I love Mario Kart. Am exited for Pokemon RPG in 2018. I like how bethesda took advantage of the Switch motion control for Skyrim. That Mario/Rabbids X-com type game looks so good. Nintendo are doing very well and I do think they will force Sony to take note and to up there game even more.

As for the Xbox. Am not going to get into another debate. But in my opinion no they are not making the right moves at all. Mabe some baby steps here and there. But they need to put there hands in there own pockets and start making some good first party titles.

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