2007 Analysis: Strong franchises push 360 and Wii; PS3 lineup is muted

Since before the launch of Xbox 360 in late 2005, Screen Digest has tracked multiple data points regarding every single packaged retail title confirmed for 256 bit home console platforms. This article does not contain all the data from the Study but does highlight some key points for the console sales for Holiday 2007.

Key findings:

- With around a year less in the marketplace, Nintendo Wii will offer customers a games library with just twenty less releases than Xbox 360 has managed to generate in twice the time.

- Vigorous third party support and new releases of their strongest franchises in Super Mario Galaxy and Halo 3 will drive games sales for Wii and Xbox 360 in Q4

- PlayStation 3's release pipeline is muted by comparison despite a pared down version of Gran Turismo, new IP in Uncharted and possible hardware related announcements before year end.

- Publisher commitment is shifting to Wii with eighty six releases in Q4 compared with forty seven for 360 and thirty eight for PS3. Of Wii Q4 releases over a quarter are exclusive to the platform, compared with eight for Xbox 360 and five for PS3

- With the most abundant development resources in the industry, publishing giant EA leads the way into the Christmas shopping season with the most releases scheduled for Q4. Ubisoft and THQ follow.

Screen Digest believes that games based on IP licensed from other media constitutes more than a third - around 37 per cent - of all releases in Q4.

- For casual games publishers have shown a marked preference for Wii with nearly forty titles aimed at the casual gamer scheduled for release in Q4, compared with barely a dozen between Xbox 360 and PS3.

Q4 releases cement the UK's position as a key territory for console games developers, leading European territories and, given its size, more than holding its own against the US and Japan.

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Meus Renaissance4060d ago (Edited 4060d ago )

Before November, certainly since last November, the argument against Sony not having enough titles on their platform to compete against Microsoft was very true and valid. But how anyone, analyst or not, can suggest that that there are not enough games on the PlayStation 3 is absolutely beyond all common sense. In the next month or so, customers can get their hands on these games plus the ones that have already been released.

There is a game here for every taste. I'm not comparing to the other games on other platforms because that is irrelevant. The article is trying to imply the console doesn't have enough games and enough variety games. That's hogwash.

Ratchet & Clank
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War
LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga
Assassin's Creed
Need for Speed ProStreet
Soldier of Fortune: Pay Back
WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw 2008
Kane & Lynch: Dead Men
College Hoops 2K8
Rock Band
Time Crisis 4
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
Blazing Angels 2: Secret Missions of WWII
Orange Box, The
Simpsons, The

If you disagree, bring forth your point and leave the blind fanboy ignorance outside because its derogative to your own sense of intelligence to just disagree with anything. I didn't even refer to the Xbox, just the PS3 so why feel insecure. The PS3 has games. I'm not interested in comparing exclusives, both have great exclusives. But to say the PS3 has not enough games is clearly have ulterior motives for thinking.

Chris_GTR14060d ago

say what u want.. ur just an angry fanboy versus the words of "analysts" lol

cloud360-7th_account4060d ago (Edited 4060d ago )

As soon as Square became Square Enix all of their games have been a big dissapoinment, i thought all orginastion XIII members in KH2 would be extremely cool and powerful like in scret ending, i thought FFXII would be Awesome with the new Battle system it just got repetitive.

Or maybe i think that becuase my expectations for those games wer to high. Games are getting CRAP short.... a lot of people are now xbox fanboys since there favourite series e.g FF became a big dissapointment

360Jamaican40GigFL4060d ago

Well dont mean to be an a*shole but u did bring up the 360 when you said " I didn't even refer to the Xbox, just the PS3 so why feel insecure." that makes u look insecure, but really and truely only 3 of the games on your list arent already out on the 360 or isnt gonna be on the 360 which is Rachet, uncharted and Haze, so u gonna have to try harder dude.

Meus Renaissance4060d ago (Edited 4060d ago )

What in my post implies I am a fanboy? The PS3 this holiday, from November onwards, will have a great boost of software quantity. A few months ago the idea of it not having enough games was true.

This argument was actually passionately bought forward by you. I can understand your reluctance to accept that things are changing in the games department, but what I am saying is true. There will be more games.

What about that is there to dispute?

I just listed about 20 games and there are alot of different type of games being released in November. So the amount isn't an issue and neither are the genre of games. If you have a counter argument i WOULD LOVE to read that and get your sincere point of view


EDIT: Whoa that's all you do, press disagree? lol

Meus Renaissance4060d ago

I said the word Xbox after people disagreed with me. There was no reason to disagree with the fact that those games are being released as they are. So I thought those who are disagreeing with me are the fanboys from the Xbox camp who disagree with anything that isn't negative towards the PS3.

It's not like I said "these games are better than what is on the 360", did I? No. I just said that these are the games and there are plenty. But it got several disagrees for some reason. It's like saying Sony are the company behind the PlayStation 3 (100 disagrees to that) lol. It's silly to be honest.

TheMART4060d ago

Meus only a few problems there.

Most are multiplatform games. You don't need a PS3 for that.

Furthermore, of those exclusive IP's, the only proven one is Ratchet & Clank.

Uncharted new IP doesn't have a real public yet. It'll sell loads to current PS3 owners, but will it sell many systems?

Haze is even less important then that. Halo 3 beats it any day in attractiveness to new buyers.

In the end, the PS3 is still having the wrong image with customers. MGS4, FFXIII, GT5, KZ2 all delayed to 2nd half 2008. Wii also only has Mario, Zelda, Metroid Prime 3 (on or over 90% average reviews and exclusives), after that a big pile of minigames (many of them worthless). But still more attractive then a PS3 and so overpriced it still is.

A 360 just is the better choice. Has all those multiplatform games you mention, but also prove IP's like Halo 3, Gears of War (although 'new', it has proven itself to be a system seller), Bioshock (also new, but also proven killer app), PGR4 and all those other exclusives that sell the system.

Chris_GTR14060d ago

ur a fanboy cause u have a picture of a ps3 as your avatar.

where have u been all this time? dont u listen to podcasts and stuff like that? check out anypodcast from any NON ps3 fanboy site and theyll state many times that there is absolutely no reason to buy a ps3 yet. and mgs4 got delayed so that would of been their first must-have game. theres still no reason to buy a ps3.
lol at al the dumbasses that bought it at day 1 for 600$ that have been playing resistance for the past 11 months

ruibing4060d ago

The 360's recent exclusives:

Halo 3
Mass Effect
Ace Combat 6
Lost Odyssey (JP)

The PS3's recent exclusives

GT 5 Prologue
Heavenly Sword
White Knight Chronicles (JP)

I would hardly call that muted in comparison to the 360. Analysts are a dime dozen and I've read about plenty that had much to say on the contrary to this guy's conclusions. Color me gray and call me unconvinced.

Meus Renaissance4060d ago (Edited 4060d ago )

"Meus only a few problems there.

Most are multiplatform games. You don't need a PS3 for that."

That is true, but the point here is what games does the PS3 have? Only two titles there are exclusive, but it doesn't retract the fact that there will be several titles for the PS3, correct? This article is trying to say there won't be any, that it'll be "mute". That's nonsense.

I was NOT trying to compare the two set of platform games. I was only speaking about Sony's machine. Do you now understand? It's one thing to say "this is better on this" but its an entirely different matter to say "this one has nothing".

Hope you understand

Bnet3434060d ago

all those games are on Xbox 360 except 2 of them. reason ps3 lineup is muted s because there arent any killer apps out yet. sure ratchet scored high, but it got outsold but ace combat 6 on xbox 360, thats sad.

Meus Renaissance4060d ago

I'm a fanboy because I have a PS3 avatar? Funny, I thought it was that I actually made a comment about it. Well it shows how immature you are unfortunately.

I'm sorry but you'll go on my Ignore list. I just waited bubbles responding to you.

MikeGdaGod4060d ago

you must suck Dr. Phil's d!ck because you have his picture as your avatar, right?

right, that makes no sense.

maybe he likes PS3 more than any other console. that doesn't make him a fanboy, it just means he isn't a sh!thead like you.

gamesR4fun4060d ago

Heh one game like ff13 = more fun than all the xbox games ever made so the number of games a system gets means nothing. Besides a real gamer looks for quality over quantity.

ActionBastard4060d ago (Edited 4060d ago )

While the 360 has a stronger 07 lineup, is this something we didn't already know? In a year with games like Bioshock, Halo 3, and Mass Effect exclusives, of course the 360 is looking good in 07. However, the PS3 is closing 07 stronger than many, including MS, expected. This is nothing new, but what about 08? I see many posts with people listing games that haven't even been offically announced. I'm talking about the games we SEE. The games that are passed around gaming sites. What else is there? The PS3's 08 is killer. All those laughable delays are what are making the PS3's lineup so compelling. Roughly 8 million people bought a 360 @ $399. I wonder how many PS3s will sell at that price? MGS4 is Sony's Halo 3. That's the reality.

HeavyweightInTheGame4060d ago

I definetely agree with your comment about Square Enix. Enix and Square are great companies, but their merge was not a very smart move in my opinion. They should have stuck as independant companies.

RBlaze4060d ago (Edited 4060d ago )

...I agree with you, and i do own an xbox (see, we arent all bad!:P). 'The PS3 is getting more and more titles' is the argument you made, regardless of what other consoles are getting, and you are right with that call. It is not fair anymore to say that the PS3 has no titles, but in my opinion, the 360 still has the better ones. But that doesnt change the fact that i agree with your argument! xx

Chris_GTR14060d ago

lol! look shure the ps3 will have good games eventually next year, and THATS when i will buy one! right now the ps3 is a POS. ill wait till KZ2 and MGS4 come out in october 08 to get one.(since theyll be delayed till then)

ActionBastard4060d ago

A POS you'll BUY next year? You really are a moron.

bluebrad19744060d ago (Edited 4060d ago )

We all know that you are a sony fanboy, but when compared to 360 and Wii you can't deny that the ps3 has a library that is left wanting.

[email protected] disagreeing. I can walk into any Gamestop, Wal-mart, Best Buy ANY store that sells all three consoles, and prove that your a fruit cake.

sanderFVCKINcohen4060d ago

but if you were to do a little more research, Xbox 360 comes very strong in Q1 and Q2 of '08. With "EXCLUSIVE TITLES" Such as:

Alan Wake
Fable 2
Lost Odyssey
Banjo Kazooie3
Infinite Undiscovery
Ninja Gaiden 2
Kingdom Under Fire

1 game I believe that will be a surprise is Banjo Kazooie3, because it is in its 3rd year in developement and must be pretty good game. Also, to add unto all of that are he multipltform games like GTAIV, DMC4, and many others...

ruibing4060d ago

I think we are all talking about the 2007 lineup right now, but PS3's 2008 lineup is much stronger than the 360's.

Disgaea 3
Gran Turismo 5
Driver 5
Eight Days
Final Fantasy XIII
Final Fantasy Versus XIII
Killzone 2
L.A. Noire
Metal Gear Online
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
MotorStorm 2
Shin Megumi Tensei: Persona 4
Tekken 6
Valkyrie of the Battlefield
White Knight Story
Yakuza 3

BrianC62344060d ago

Whoever wrote that trash is a joke. Sure 2007 hasn't been great for the PS3 but then it's an expensive console. But now you can get it for $399. And 2008 will see a ton of great PS3 games. 2008 will be the Year of the PS3. I heard China is going to call 2008 the Year of the PS3. :)

I'm fed up with analysts and the media attacking the PS3. They seem to want it to fail bad. But anyone who is smart enough can see the P3 has the best future long term. It's the most powerful and has Blu-ray which means better HD games. DVD just won't be able to handle much when it comes to big HD games. They're too small.

As for all those Wii third party games, third party developers will be jumping off the Wii bandwagon fast when they see small sale. They're already worried about that. The Wii isn't powerful so it can't keep up. It can let you have gimmicky controls but most gamers have got past that already. That leaves the new casual gamers for Wii sales. But how many games will casual gamers buy?

jackfatal4060d ago

dont worry about them!! u r like talking to donkeys that is happened that they can write too!!:D

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360Jamaican40GigFL4060d ago

lol the title is a real messed up way to say it

Meus Renaissance4060d ago (Edited 4060d ago )

It's the standard thing. Each set of group thinks the other is trying to find flaws in their console of choice so, they will automatically present articles in a bias way e.g. the heading of the article, as a defence mechanism. Sorta like " your face!".

80% of what people call "fanboys" are really just people trying to defend their console, have no interest in attacking others sincerely but do so to "make up for the criticism" their console received from that group. Vice versa. Applies to all. It's their way of discussing gaming news.

cloud360-7th_account4060d ago (Edited 4060d ago )

"PS3 Line up Muted".

No it isnt. FFXIII is all i need.

But if Square Just mentioned an FFVII Remake no one would say oh PS3 Line up is crap, no games blah blah.

Becuase FFVII was a past Flag Ship title. So its like getting an Ally who is extremely strong and was once a savior. Come on Square

Xbox is just a FPS console really. No joke it has crap Jrpgs and its only 360 fans that think Wrpgs are better. Shut up with your white Supremacy...

sephiroths_revenge4060d ago (Edited 4060d ago )

Why do you say FFXII is crap.

Thats a lie. Its the worst f* game ever.

Anyway yeh, we fans can still hope for an FFVII remake and WRPGS sucks coz their always abouts knight and castle. i like FF coz its always different and has nothing to do with kinghts they aint important in FF. Mayube they are in the ones b4 6 ....

WilliamRLbarker stop being a girl... just admit it it Jrpgs are better its just coz you are a a$$ fanboy

Bnet3434060d ago

that's like saying JRPG's are about metrosexual teenagers falling in in love and have spiky hair. Makes no sense.

cloud360-7th_account4060d ago

go back inside the crap hole you came out of. ok you can crawl back now.

if you wernt talking about me then sorry but still

Spike474060d ago

this analyst has his head up his ......

what does the 360 have this november? mass effect.

the ps3 has haze and drake's fortune.

the wii has mario.

cloud360-7th_account4060d ago (Edited 4060d ago )

You are a dir*y piece of .....

But i agreed with your comment. becuase of you i couldnt EAT and you know what am talking about