Survey of purchase motivators shows specific game titles least important factor
Wow, not for me. I bought the console to play games... console and network features are cool, but they take a back seat to the actual games. EDIT: Despite what I said above, the fact that the PS3 has a blu-ray player did hurry along my purchase of a PS3... so I suppose it's a tad more important that I originally thought.
I looked heavily at features. I'm a very frugal person, and just didn't feel that I would get my money's worth with a 360, thus, I got a PS3 (and I don't regret it one bit :D). That being said, last gen I chose the Xbox over the PS2 because IT had the more enticing feature set. I guess I just go for the more powerful machine...
and proud of it. :) I'm also proud that I chose wisely and correctly. :)
I'm poor and I over-spend. I got both consoles and now I wish I had waited longer to buy just one of them.
Well if that's the case then you'd be pretty dumb to buy anything other than a PS3. I mean, honestly, what does the 360 have over the PS3? NOTHING.
the only thing i hear from 360 fanboys is that the controller is better which is true but they make it seem like the ps3 controller i unusable and cross game chat
controller better, well thats a subjective point - if it werent for the 360s horrible dpad i would think they're equal.... so um i think it has uh oh yeah cross game chat. well with that being said, regardless of the ps3's mountain of features the 360 still has a sizable amount of features on its own to be honest.
The last thing I want to do while playing games is talk to people, especially if both of us are playing games. I mean, how interesting is that conversation really gonna be and I won't be paying attention no matter how interesting that conversation is. I don't ever talk on the phone and play games! Either the game is on pause or I'm not really paying attention to you.
I've been saying that all along. Ever talked to someone on the phone while they're playing a game? It's gotta be one of the rudest things you can do next to taking your phone into the bathroom with you while you're talking. If you can't give me your attention in a conversation, talk to me when you can. Cross game chat is the exact same thing. I never used cross game chat on the 360, I won't use it on my PS3 if they bring it over. It already has chat and video chat outside the game. That's good enough, in my opinion. The time spent on developing cross game chat is time and money that could be spent on a worthwhile update, like MKV support.
correct me if im wrong please but doesn't the 360 have less features then the xbox 1? - Arcade SKU has no HDD / Xbox 1 did - Has less room on dvd then xbox 1 discs had - And is less reliable Thats a pretty crappy portfolio to show off
Eh, the original Xbox had no USB ports. The main thing I use my PS3 for aside from gaming is putting video files and music on the console, so it's very important for me. For the record, you could rip music on to the original Xbox, but you needed the original CD.
lol, well darkstorn if you wanted to be technical, the original had 4 usb ports (the controller ports were proprietary shaped usb ports..) and some xboxes let you rip off of burned cds, but they needed the right drive. just nitpicking. no shadow the original only had one feature over the 360: every signle on had a internal hdd. it did not have: DivX/XviD, and any other video container formats. windows media center extender wireless controllers ability to play dvds without proprietary remote DLNA compatability ability to install games rrod.... i kid i kid. now its another story if you had xbmc on it but....
number 1 and 5 are probably the only 2 factors in my purchase of a ps3. i was laready gaming online with the 360 before the ps3 came along.and it was bought practically just for the blu-ray.you have to remember that at that time a BR PLAYER WAS £1000
Wait...why did the game attachment rate soar up to 8.1 recently, then? Why a person would purchase a system for the features over for the games is quite beyond me. It's all about the games, and that's why I bought a Ps3.
Some Fannypack disagreed with you, guess they think It's all about the Features these days.
i bought my consoles for the games not features which are bonuses.
Sony has been the console of choice for a variety of killer games ever since the late PS1/early PS2 era. I jumped ship during the 5th gen (the N64 was my last Nintendo console and the PS1 was my first Sony console) and haven't looked back since. I've had the opportunity to play a few xbox, 360, GC and Wii exclusives thanks to my friends but I have yet to play any "need to own" games. As such, when it came time to get on the 7th gen ship, there was no question that I'd be buying a PS3. I usually wait a full year after launch before buying a current gen system to allow the major bugs to be worked out, to allow better games to be developed and let's face it, to finish off playing some of last gen's greatest. That being said, when I bought my 80GB in late '07, it would still be a year or two before Sony had a shelf full of titles that could stand toe to toe with the PS1's and the PS2's best. But I knew that based on the quality of games they delivered with the PS1 and the PS2, their stumble during the PS3's launch would eventually be corrected. And I was right. Not having to go out and buy a separate blu-ray player is nice, but I own a PS3 for Killzone, Uncharted, Metal Gear Solid, Resistance, InFamous, Ratchet and Clank, ModNation Racers, Little Big Planet, God of War, Heavy Rain, The Last Guardian and Gran Turismo.
To be honest, N4G users are a tiny tiny TINY minority in the massive gamer popoulace.
I look at almost Everything, From Games to Features and HW even IF is not The Most Important Thing, The PS3 For me is more about Games + Blu-Ray and then the other Features, Best Money Spent in My Life
Its the features that made the PS3 so irresistible! It was the price that was the obstacle! When Sony dropped the price at $299 it made many jump to it but not so much like that for the Wii. On more drop and it will be game over for 360 and Wii even if the PS3 system is not pirated and modifiable. The sales of the Wii can be attributed to primarily 1) its very cheap hardware price - in a recession time Wii is a no brainer for soccer moms to buy for their kids 2) cheaper software - legitimate ones 3) software piracy - 4) modifiable hardware - meaning it can play pirated software 5) marketed as a fitness machine - what soccer mom wouldn't fall for that? 6) cute games for the millions of kids and younger gamers: meaning more people are allowed to buy Wii games than many mature PS3 games 7) increased demand in poor 3rd world countries where piracy is rampant - that's the meaning of " expanded broader market" 8) All of the above applies to the Nintendo DS too but multiply the results by 2! Software piracy, modification & 3rd world market also applies to the 360 but it doesn't have the 'appeal' of Nintendo product nor the PlayStation brand. Both have the APPEAL & TRADITION Xbox will find it hard to erase in the culture of gamers around the world. I hope Sony is listening and applying these facts to it development & marketing departments. PS3 needs more games that more people are allowed to buy- games for the younger gamers like Mario, Sonic and Pokemon. Sony must go back to its PS1 and PS2 roots- Balanced Gaming for the young and old plus good price points. These are some of the stuff that made the PlayStation brand and video gaming mainstream. And for those that say the PS3 is mainly bought other than gaming the PS3 tie in ratio and attach rate ( which is highly accurate) says other wise.
And if the PS3 will be able to surpass the 360, piracy free, then that will be milestone in video gaming! And if the Ps3 will surpass the Wii numbers, piracy free, then not only PlayStation won against its rivals but it won a glorious victory for the video games industry, music industry, movie industry and software industries all together. Blu-ray FTW!
@ GHINASKY ~ Your whole point cannot be overlooked or understated. That would be an ABSOLUTE key factor in what happens from here on out with console support by devs in the future. Great post Agree +Bubble
I went with the ps3 first due to its hardware being more powerful and for MGS games. A year later I bought a 360 as well to see what the fuss was all about Halo 3 and gears. To be frank I did not enjoy them that much. Now Mass effect we can talk about, for me its the best game on the 360 by far! It caused me my first RROD. I said what the heck it happens to everybody (literally)and I fixed it. Then 2 months later I got my 2nd RROD. For some time (2 days :p)I didnt know what to do..fix it? leave it? Thats when it came to me! I had just realized that MS had achieved the biggest thing in the history of marketing and electronics! To make certain consumers forget how stupid it is to buy the worst, most unreliable piece of electronics probably ever made again and over again. (A former colleague had RROD 5 times and still bought a new one). Thats when I said to myself 2 maybe 3 games are not even remotely worth this and for me late last year the 360 was officially finished. I do not deny that there are games coming out that I want to play but I m far off better with my reliable ps3 which i can use for nearly everything I need without ever worrying if its going to die on me anytime. So for me the ps3 has the games, it has the features (more to come, 3D, Move etc), it has a future proof design and above all it has the reliability I came to respect and expect from my console.
great article, i did enjoy reading that and made much sense too.
yet another reason why Surveys and poll aint always right
The problem is, you usually get a very small, limited group. And there can easily be a minority of the overall demographic, that ends up being the majority in that small group.
may be true.
some people love consoles that have more flare without knowing the potential games that gonna be released
The table says "% of features mentioned in the 1-5 ranking". No where does it say "other features rated higher than gaming". more people find utility in the other features, is the only thing this fact states. That's kinda.. obvious. Also note that the 1-5 ranking includes several game-related points, and fewer non-game related points. Thus, people are going to spread their 5 votes amongst more gaming options, and miss some, while almost everyone will choose "Blu-Ray capability" for at least one of their top 5, which is the top item. It gets counted as "one of the top 5", even if most people rate it as the #5 reason, just to include it. Total BS journalism and misinterpretation of the data, with regards to the headline.
Wtf? Do they fail at reading or something? It says 62% for the library of games available.. that includes all of the PS3's exclusives, I doubt many people buy a system just for 1 specific game, which is why its at the bottom of the list. There might have been 1 title specifically that pushed it ahead of competing consoles but that doesn't mean you'll only buy and play that title. I can't imagine buying a PS3 and only picking ONE exclusive.
I bought my console only because of Metal Gear Solid 4. I probably wouldn't even own one now if this franchise didn't exist.
Best game this gen. Hands down :D
"War has changed... XD (I finally got my PS3 last friday...,I'm on Act 4,so many memories!) On topic: As somebody before me put it, features are bonuses, the games are the key factor to buy a console.
I buy Nintendo and Sony based on their GAMES first. Features like reliabilty (lol), free online, wifi, blu-ray (for PS3) are extra icing on the cake. :)
I dont care about the bells and whistles. GAMES GAMES GAMES
To be serious I bought my PS3 as a bluray player. The games were just an extra, I don't buy all games, only some exclusives. But yeah my PS3 is a media device. And if anyone wants to know I am 32.
Joking. Yeah if I was big on blurays the PS3 is easily the best choice great value.
Wow, disagrees because people were butthurt about the fact you bought it as a bluray player. They need to understand that it's not an insult, but an honor for the PS3 to be the best bluray player out there.
I think the integrated applications the 360 has are very appealing to, maybe a causal gamer. So, I guess the presumption (article) would be that most games are on both consoles anyway.
hardcore gamer are socially inept?? some feature on 360 simply add more fun in games, look at the ps blog every FW update
Not socially inept. They just don't care as much.
This study is about ONLY PS3 PURCHASES. Meanwhile the wii has nearly double the sales due to mario and wii sports. This is a horrible misstatement of the study that generalizes it to all consoles. It applies to ps3 as that was the only console studied. If you doubt this, note the console with almost twice as many units sold has no features and sells on Mario alone. If anything this study only suggests people buy ps3 for blueray, not to play games. This argument gets modded into oblivion here.
GAMES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1st movies 2nd
Wii sports comes with the Wii, so everytime a Wii sell they add 1 sell for Wii sports to, Thats kind of unfair, but in a way smart on Nintendos part making a game look better then what it is. As for Mario, That's like Halo on steroids, It gets marketed up the yin yang and often times you'll see Pictures of mario everywhere nintendo is.
"Wii sports comes with the Wii, so everytime a Wii sell they add 1 sell for Wii sports too" Most people bought the wii for wii sports. That's why old people play it in nursing homes. What are the sales for wii sports resort? Massive despite the fact you need a peripheral to play it. I think it's top 20 of all time. What other games are these people playing? Mariokart, NSMB, and Wii sports (resort or not). "As for Mario, That's like Halo on steroids, It gets marketed up the yin yang" It still drives console adoption as a game, not a feature. They fact they market Mario just proves my point. "I bought my [ps3] for GAMES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1st" I'm talking about the study, not your opinion. My point is that this blog misinterprets the findings of this Nielsen study as applicable to everyone and not just ps3 owners. This is clearly wrong when you consider the wii. Despite lacking even DVD playback it has dominated this generation.
Yep, I said its years ago, the HUB and Extras and online content will outpace games, who doesnt see this , is not apart of the new gen movement but old school
Explain the wii in your model. No DVD playback and murdering both contenders? I am intensely curious.
I got for Gran Turismo 5 only
I bought one when I realized there would be no other way to finish the Metal Gear Solid story or play Gran Turismo 5. Finally, the free online play gave me that motivation to go out and get one. "I can do what my 360 friends can do without spending the cash!"
I bought my 360 to play games. I bought the PS3 originally play games as well, but also for a Blu Ray Player and when I realized how bad the online was for the PS3 I strictly started using it for media.
Most of my friends are still on 360 due to this... Cross voice chat and the other features 360 has over PS3 are keeping them over there.
.................... . 1. Casuals want to play CoD, Madden, GTA, etc. they are all on PS3 & 360. . 2. Casuals look at the price tag on the shelf 299.99 each. . 3. Casuals then see the PS3 w/ Blu-ray, Wifi, Free Online, and other features. . 4. Casuals purchase PS3. . ...................
i bought playstation 3 because it's playstation, blu-ray and whatnot was just a nice bonus. in all honesty if the ps3 didn't have blu-ray i'd still be using standard dvd for movies, i don't care enough to buy a standalone player. i'm a blu-ray consumer by default lol.
I was looking for a BluRay player, they were $200+ for a decent one. Given that the PS3 had just had a price drop to $300 it was a logical choice ... plus I no longer had a games console so I would be buying one eventually. So I killed two birds with one stone :) So I'm in the same camp as Logosz (same age too!) in why I bought my PS3, I too don't buy tons of games ... with a family to take care of some things are more important so I only buy a few ones I like.
I bought the ps3 because I had a ps2 last gen, and all my game series were on the ps3. Also because free online was very enticing.
This is crazy. I was just thinking about this earlier. I was just surfing some game sites, cheaking the comments, and I realized that people who manly use the 360 for their gaming talk more about Live than the actual games. I think Live is pretty cool, but I wouldn't place an online service or any other features over the actual games. That's just my opinion anyway. To others, Live or PSN or Steam or whatever services or features that gamers use may be the reason they game in the first place. I just don't really see the reason to have a gaming console, if the features are actually more important than the games. E: Man what is up with the reply system lately?
why settle for features when one can have excellent exclusives also
well I originally bought my ps3 for the bluray alone. matter of fact the first year I had the console I had 0 games for it. Granted I was still playing ps2 games I had missed over the years and I had a 360. I did however know i was going to get games for it so the bluray was a value add. Other than that though the features argument is pretty subjective all around. Especially considering both the ps3 and 360 have more features than the wii which is outselling them both.
Nope, that list doesn't reflect my purchasing influence at all. I bought my systems to play GAMES. I don't even use the blu-ray player for movies on my PS3 and I bought my 360 to ensure that I could play every game I wanted to, regardless of what system it was exclusive to. If the Wii were cheaper and had more games that I like I'd have that too, as it stands it would just collect dust since I outgrew mario and zelda a long time ago. Don't get me wrong, the features each system are a bonus, but that's all they are, a bonus. FOR ME.
because I know sony will bring me the best collection of games at any genre, like what they did in ps1 and ps2. That's the thing that microsoft and nintendo cannot do!!!
and i like games in many different genres and not just shooters, i also like blueray and other features to get the full use out of my hdtv becuase i hate wasteing money and not useing everything i got. I also love the innovation of games and genres sony has. Its a breath of fresh air to always find new games in different genres and play online for free. I have a life so i dont need cross game chat and kiddy club bs, and kids swearing at me online. Im a grown man so i chose the grown mans console and when i play games I focus on the game and not the convo like its some tea party lol. ps3 is just better and you would own one if you are a serious gamer. serious gamers dont just play shooters..
If this is true then explain the success of the F'N Wii. Its damn near bare bones
library of games,hello.
I bought the console with the most features and games. Yes the PS3. No one can argue against the fact that the PS3 has the best games and the most exclusive franchise. Anyone with half a brain knew this. No one can argue against the fact that the PS3 has the most features. PS3. It only does everything.
It was a mixture of both for me. I knew that the PS3 would have the games I wanted, but what really pushed my need to buy it was what else I could do with it. The PS3 was marketed as a media hub and that was what I was looking for with my gaming systems. "One system to rule them all" I am not a casual gamer by any means. I just don't spend money on stuff that I would not get everything that I wanted. @slave2Dcontroller - The success of the Wii is due to the price for one, motion controls, and it is built for kids in mind. Systems like the PS3 and 360 are not.
Depends. If you got a hardware need, it might. But then people bought the PS3 for playing BluRay movies, which isn't pushing game sales that much. I never even used a BluRay movie in my PS3, just to be sure I won't stress that laser any more than needed. A dead BlURay diode after just 3 weeks I got my first PS3 Fat 80GB was enough for me. I bet most gamers buy a console for its games. If not, its fail and the console has been sold to non gamers IMO. For LBP, Uncharted 2, GOWIII, Motorstorm 2, MGS4, Killzone 2 I think the PS3 has been a good investment for me. The other hardware features? Not so much. I also think that: "In the study of God of War III--a PlayStation 3 (PS3) exclusive--Nielsen found that the new game title had some influence in the sale of the console, but far less than would have been expected. In fact, buying a specific game was at the bottom of the list of purchase motivators." One shouldn't specify one game, but the mix of games over different genres, its total library, is that attractive or not. Last but not least, we see that friends as fans of a system are the preachers for the system in their friend groups. Like I've been jumping into next gen early at the beginning of 2006 and my friends that are interested in gaming all own a 360, thats about 10 people that bought a 360 because the group that start playing online has grown overtime. Non of them bought a PS3. Only one guy thats reviewing games for the newspaper owns both, but just because he got them for free and needs it for his work. Oh and I got both 360 and PS3, and even the Wii. For BluRays I would buy a separate stand alone player, so I wouldn't have a dead BluRay diode in the PS3 again...
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