Software and hardware both see a major plunge in sales over last year, due to the lack of new releases and under-performing titles from 2011.
There's nothing "rosy" about this certain occasion (unless you're a... <.< |.| >.> Microsoft fan).
@ Titanz Yay? 2011 NPD for the 360 in Jan. - 381,000 units 2012 NPD for the 360 in Jan. - 270,000 units http://www.youtube.com/watc... Edit: Sucks for all three companies.
It does kinda suck for all three, but sucks more for two.
Well you have to figure I'm sure most people who wanted a console already purchased one at this point.
I disagree. It's very rosy because it's telling them it's time for a new round on next Gen systems. Think of it like this. If sales are better then ever then we will be stuck with current gen another few years.
or maybe more consumers have smarten up and is telling the industry we will no longer put up with the crap they've been shoving down gamers throat. just a thought
The Xbox 360 will continue to dominate in America as long as this tired generation drags its feet forward.
Well this is one of the first signs that the video game industry is slowing down, March starts a new quarter with a ton of new releases so let's see what happens hope the numbers and growth goes up.
So, publishers......are you ready to embrace the teachings of itunes and lower price and restrictions, or are you going to wait for the next game crash to fully take effect? Your call. You'll probably just try even harder to make games more "accessible", expensive, and with more strict DRM/passes. More dance games, $80, and an online pass for 50% of the songs, probably.
^THIS Sales are low because people aren't finding value in games anymore. Between the ridiculous mark ups placed by stores making games anywhere from $65 to $70, the horrendously priced and milked DLC, online passes that many are against and that split the game's content. Not to mention the over-saturation of the shooter genre which makes it difficult for anyone to notice an actual unique game. Games like CoD charging the same price on an annual basis for a very marginal difference in content (almost nothing is new), games being "accessible" which turns off the core gamers who bring in loyalty dollars (these are gamers who consistently spend money on gaming because they are passionate about it, not because it's a fad), the fickle nature of the casual crowd, games being too short to justify spending money on, the overall condescending or dismissive nature of developers/publishers... This gen is the reason sales are down. People aren't finding value for their dollar, and in an economy where everything is getting more expensive, you'll have to give people a damn good reason to want to buy your particular game.
could not have said it any better. they seem to think ALL gamers are idiots, hope this shows them otherwise.
Does anyone really expect console sales to continue growing year after year? Although I do agree with the comments above, I despise the flood of the casual audience that is currently ruining gaming.
To me, best thing to happen to this console gen has been Demon's Souls, for three reasons: 1. It's an amazing game. 2. Then From gave us Dark Souls too. 3. Sony's been vocal recently about how they made a mistake by now backing Demon's Souls more than they did. I love the Souls series so much, and my greatest hope with it is that it inspires the industry to move in that direction. I hope Sony mean it when they say they learned from their mistake with Demon's, and that they'll grow the balls to support and give us some real core games in the future. Less of this casual shit, more of this Souls awesomeness.
I agree, I love games like Dark Souls, we need more games like that.
Shit, too late to edit. I meant to write "made a mistake by *not* backing"...
This is good news. The worse these old consoles do, the more sooner we'll get next gen ones. I think we're reaching the point now when almost everyone who wants a current gen console has one. There can't be many more people left. Not in Europe and America anyway. Sony can't eventually flog the PS3 to the Indians when they have finished buying PS2's in another few more years.
The reason why the industry is down is because of a lack of good games and too many rehashed sequels that have failed to live up to expectations. Its funny how much hype both BF3 and MW3 got, yet barely anyone on my friends list plays either of those two games anymore. There were only 4 high points for last year, the release of Mass Effect 3 on PS3, Portal 2, Uncharted 3 and Gears of War 3. Pretty much all other games failed to meet the hype that was generated before they released. Another reason why I think the industry has gone soft is because not only are the quality of alot of games going down, but there's way too many games being released over the course of the year, and so large online communities have broken apart because everyone is playing something different, and so it becomes harder to play with your old clan mates and friends. The fact that game developers rarely listen to what their loyal communities ask for is another reason for the slump IMO (examples: Socom 4, Resistance 3, and Killzone 3) The only people who actually thought these games were good are all the noobs that have infiltrated the online space. Now of course if the rumor of a remake of Socom 2 is true, then I can guarantee the my friends list will bustling with activity when and if this game actually gets re-released.
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