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Is the Xbox One Making Its Comeback?

Is the turnaround Microsoft has been waiting for upon us? The Xbox One is a very different machine than the one that landed in the video gaming world like a brick around this time last year. It’s cheaper, it has none of the most controversial parts of its digital rights management policies, the Kinect is no longer mandatory, the graphics processor may soon have a little more horsepower to play with, and the generally agreeable Phil Spencer is sitting at the helm.

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NextLevel1555d ago (Edited 1555d ago )

Lol, No.

A comeback would mean closing the gap. The Xbox One is going to lose tonights NPD. Them doubling sales leaves them way below the PS4s worst month. Since when is coming in a distant 2nd in the US is a comeback? The standards for the Xbox One are so low, it selling lower than the 360's lowest 4 times already is considered a comeback and it displaying cross gen games in 1080p with various problems are considered a success.

The bar is set so low it's ridiculous.

NatureOfLogic_1555d ago (Edited 1555d ago )

A comeback from Xbox One lowest selling month? Kinectless Xbox One helped MS recover from embarrassing low sales to mediocre sales. Not much of a comeback.

xHeavYx1555d ago

Comeback? Yeah right. Just some hype for the $399 price, that's it

SilentNegotiator1555d ago (Edited 1555d ago )

They sabotaged their own sales in May by announcing a new SKU way ahead of time and only sold a little better than April in June. Not much of a comeback.

People are way too quick to announce "comebacks"

kickerz1554d ago

Next level u need to get a life, seriously

doolin_dalton1555d ago (Edited 1555d ago )

"Since when is coming in a distant 2nd in the US is a comeback?"

Well, the PS3 came in a distant third after PS2 absolutely dominated, and it's still considered a success. Not to mention, the PS3 had serious issues with multi-platform games early in it's life too.

I know you must have just started gaming this generation because you seem to know absolutely nothing about gaming history, but console races are marathons, not sprints.

We spent seven years waiting for PS3's comeback. Now, you want to stop counting after eight months so you can declare PS4 the winner. Keep moving those goalposts.

You are right about one thing - the bar is set ridiculously low. You're setting the bar for an entire generation's success at the first eight months, well before the biggest games are even released, just so you can continue your tireless crusade against the company you hate (but can't seem to stop talking about).

How do you think the people who said "PS3 will never catch 360" are looking now? You're this generation's equivalent of them.

EDIT @ below - none yet. But just remember last generation. When Xbox's big games are released, the resulting sales surge for one month can easily wipe out three or four months of deficits. It's a proven fact. Declaring victory before ANY of those big games are released just screams of desperation (which is what NextLevel is all about).

EDIT @ bcfitness - The Xbox brand went from 25 million to 84 million. That's pretty powerful good will, and a big advantage considering Sony lost nearly half it's customer base over the same timeframe. The key word is "eventually". Like I said, it's a marathon, not a sprint. This generation mirrors last generation in almost every aspect.

Chevalier1555d ago

Which country is the One beating PS4 in sales? None.

bicfitness1555d ago

PS3 had all of the Playstation brand's good will behind it, the might of Sony's 1st party studios and competitive, or more powerful hardware (depending on the developer and resources invested) than its nearest competitor. It also launched a year, to a year and a half later than the Xbox 360, and it still managed to catch up, and eventually surpass the 360. MS has none of the advantages Sony had last generation.

DragonKnight1555d ago

@doolin_dalton: Your comment is laughable. The PS3 outsold the Xbox 360 globally every single year since it came out. That you're trying to argue that the Xbox 360 was selling better because it had a head start and didn't stop selling once the PS3 came out is, again, laughable.

The difference between last gen and this gen is monumental. Last gen the PS3 still outsold the Xbox 360 but had to play catch up due to a head start, this gen both consoles released nearly at the same time and the Xbox One is being crushed.

By no means is the Xbox One a failure, but to equate it with the PS3 is the height of ignorance when the two are absolutely nothing alike. Nowhere has the Xbox One outsold the PS4, let alone globally, in the first year. There is no year head start or complete lack of competition for either console to contend with. Your defense is pitiful.

"When Xbox's big games are released, the resulting sales surge for one month can easily wipe out three or four months of deficits. It's a proven fact."

No it isn't. Each new generation is a clean slate. The people that wanted an Xbox One for Halo would have bought one as soon as the MC Collection was announced. The last Gears of War game left the taste of mediocrity in the mouths of that franchises fans, and Epic isn't even developing it this time. Forza 5 is long gone, and FH 2 isn't going to move the units you think it's going to.

You talk about desperation, yet cling to those games being the saving grace of the Xbox One?

Let's see what has been the saving grace so far.

Titanfall - Did nothing.
DRM removal - Did nothing.
Kinect removal - Didn't do enough yet.
DX12 - Phil Spencer downplayed it himself.

So now you expect people to believe that Halo, Gears of War, Fable Legends, and Forza Horizon 2 are going to be the Xbox One's Messiah? Come off it.

This article is ridiculous and just a symptom of a huge problem with gaming journalism. All these journalists are incapable of seeing successes within the parameters of the console itself and instead can only see successes when compared to other consoles.

It's been a year and there's already gloom and doom articles. That's really pathetic and sad.

TurfTyrant1555d ago

You make great points. Its kinda like how some people are now talking about how this might be the last generation of consoles, and devs and console makers are outraged by the claims. which they should be. we are not even a year into this console life cycle and people are claiming victories, defeats, and an end of a multibillion $ market.
1. its too early to tell
2. both consoles will sell 10s on millions of units so these numbers do not make all the difference
3. first party games will still sell consoles on both sides
4. devs are not going to quit making games for a console that is in second, Microsoft will make sure of that with $ incentives
5. with millions of consoles sold for MS, there is a large audience and plenty of room for devs to make money
6. even if sony ends up with more games, which at this point there have been better announcements from ms than sony IMO, then there would be less competition for a dev to release a game on the xbox1

All of this talk is to create internet chatter and to get people reading articles that don't carry too much weight. its too early to tell. with the new SDK for xbox one the resolution and frame rate debate is almost gone. ddr3 is harder to dev for just as the ps3 in past gen. once devs get more familiar and also use the new sdk from the beginning life cycle of the game we are going to see comparable graphics throughout the life cycle of both of the consoles. I think what is going to end up making the difference in console sales is going to be how to two companies can handle cloud computing and game streaming. lets have this conversation in a year or so

doolin_dalton1555d ago

@Dragon

"The PS3 outsold the Xbox 360 globally every single year since it came out"

I don't know why this pitiful lie keeps popping up, even from people who seem somewhat informed about gaming. The PS3 did NOT outsell the 360 every year - there were several head to head years in which the 360 outsold PS3 globally.

"The people that wanted an Xbox One for Halo would have bought one as soon as the MC Collection was announced."

That's just wishful thinking. We all know that console sales surge when a game is RELEASED, not when it's announced. You may want to ignore history because it doesn't suit your views, but there are certain historical patterns that can't simply be dismissed by saying "clean slate". Human behavior doesn't change that quickly.

Also, Titanfall continues to perform well, often remaining in top ten sales charts months after release. Using a blanket "did nothing" dismissal of it is laughable and ignorant.

DragonKnight1555d ago

@doolin_dalton: "I don't know why this pitiful lie keeps popping up, even from people who seem somewhat informed about gaming. The PS3 did NOT outsell the 360 every year - there were several head to head years in which the 360 outsold PS3 globally."

Because it's the truth. The 360 never outsold the PS3 globally except for one year, 2011, and by a small margin. You're obviously thinking of the U.S. of course.

"That's just wishful thinking. We all know that console sales surge when a game is RELEASED, not when it's announced. You may want to ignore history because it doesn't suit your views, but there are certain historical patterns that can't simply be dismissed by saying "clean slate". Human behavior doesn't change that quickly."

Wishful thinking? You're telling everyone that Halo fans will wait instead of guaranteeing they have the console and the game A.S.A.P.? I think you're the one with wishful thinking. And in case you don't want to believe that each new generation is a clean slate, how well did the Wii U perform until just recently? How well received was the Xbox One when it launched? Humans aren't machines, we all have opinions that can change at the drop of a hat.

Again, your defense is pitiful.

"Also, Titanfall continues to perform well, often remaining in top ten sales charts months after release. Using a blanket "did nothing" dismissal of it is laughable and ignorant."

Who cares how well Titanfall is selling? How much has it helped sell the Xbox One? Not at all.

You sound like a politician with your goal post shifts and "but it's successful in this way" that doesn't amount to anything.

doolin_dalton1555d ago (Edited 1554d ago )

@Dragon

"Because it's the truth. The 360 never outsold the PS3 globally except for one year, 2011, and by a small margin. You're obviously thinking of the U.S. of course."

Well, which is it? Did PS3 outsell 360 EVERY year (like you said earlier), or did 360 outsell PS3 in 2011 (which would mean that saying EVERY year is a lie)? Of course, you qualify your remark by adding "small margin". Talk about being a politician. You can't deal with the FACT that you've been caught in a lie, so you try to spin your way out of it by saying "but it was only by a small margin".

Besides, it wasn't just 2011 - there was also another year in which 360 outsold PS3 globally. And no, I'm not just thinking of the U.S.

Also, by your reasoning, I guess Destiny, Uncharted, The Order, LBP, Driveclub, (or any other game coming out in the next 18 months) won't help sell PS4's because everyone who wants to play those games will have already bought a PS4, thus guaranteeing they have a console ahead of time. What a ridiculous excuse.

DragonKnight1554d ago

@doolin: "Well, which is it? Did PS3 outsell 360 EVERY year (like you said earlier), or did 360 outsell PS3 in 2011 (which would mean that saying EVERY year is a lie)? Of course, you qualify your remark by adding "small margin". Talk about being a politician. You can't deal with the FACT that you've been caught in a lie, so you try to spin your way out of it by saying "but it was only by a small margin"."

Do you read what you write? Seriously, do you? Look at what you're harping on about. I didn't lie, I clarified an omission. A lie is saying the Xbox 360 outsold the PS3 globally more than once. Politician.

"Besides, it wasn't just 2011 - there was also another year in which 360 outsold PS3 globally. And no, I'm not just thinking of the U.S."

Non-VGChartz Links or GTFO.

"Also, by your reasoning, I guess Destiny, Uncharted, The Order, LBP, Driveclub, (or any other game coming out in the next 18 months) won't help sell PS4's because everyone who wants to play those games will have already bought a PS4, thus guaranteeing they have a console ahead of time. What a ridiculous excuse."

*sigh* I give you points for being stupidly persistent in your ineffective, pathetic defense, but at this point the only adequate to your response is this...

http://img3.wikia.nocookie....

Darkstares1554d ago (Edited 1554d ago )

DragonKnight,
"The PS3 outsold the Xbox 360 globally every single year since it came out."

You can't even admit when you're wrong. Then when you get called out on it you brush it off and say it was by a small margin. t just goes to show your character and how highly you think of yourself and how much respect you have for everyone else.

"The people that wanted an Xbox One for Halo would have bought one as soon as the MC Collection was announced. The last Gears of War game left the taste of mediocrity in the mouths of that franchises fans, and Epic isn't even developing it this time. Forza 5 is long gone, and FH 2 isn't going to move the units you think it's going to."

Just stop dude, it's getting pathetic. Let me guess, everyone who bought a Wii U did so months in advance when Mario Kart 8 was announced, not when Mario Kart was actually released. Wow, just wow. Just when you thought some diehard Sony fans couldn't sink any lower because they HATE the Xbox brand we continue to be shocked at just how ignorant some people are who get caught up in the console wars.

Do you guys ever grow tired of arguing about the same thing day after day? Apparently not.

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CptVimes1555d ago

You're seriously in danger of becoming a caricature of yourself with all this anti Xbox bias.

Naga1555d ago (Edited 1555d ago )

@ NextLevel

Did you seriously just submit this article and then make the first comment in response to it?

OT: I think, barring an enormous blunder by Sony, Xbox One might never "come back", per se. However, it is on track to have a very strong showing this year, and it will continue to be a significant player in the years to come.

Financial statistics do very little to negate how enjoyable a console experience is.

dcj05241555d ago

DONT CALL IT A COMEBACK, I'VE BEEN HERE FOR YEARS.

VforVideogames1555d ago (Edited 1555d ago )

Lol, yes.
the bar was set low when the ps3 launch and look at it now.

DJustinUNCHAIND1555d ago

You submit the article then proceed throw feces at it as soon as it goes up.

It must be tough having diarrhea of the mouth.

MysticStrummer1555d ago

A comeback compared to it's lowest month of sales, using 5 weeks of data.

*The ghost of Casey Kasem appears*

Here's a long distance dedication, from XB1 sales numbers to the XB1 fanboy spin doctors… (off mic) Is Don on the phone?"

https://www.youtube.com/wat...

MelvinTheGreat1555d ago

What the hell is your problem? Did u like wasting your time? Why arent you playing the "100s" of games on the ps4?

turdburgler10801555d ago

Suprise suprise next level is first to comment and bash Xbox one. It truly is amazing how he can be first to almost every article just to post fanboy hate. He likes to say he's just posting the truth but when you do it with such intensity and frequency you are without a doubt the worst fanboy on n4g.

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user74029311555d ago (Edited 1555d ago )

it if wanted its comeback it would have wiped it off mattriks face.

on topic. i doubt it.

Testfire1555d ago

Trying to be funny I guess, just comes off as immature.

lifeisgamesok1555d ago (Edited 1555d ago )

Of course

No more mandatory Kinect for people that disliked it

X1 had the better launch games and are finishing this year with Halo MCC, Sunset Overdrive, Ori, K.I season 2, Forza Horizon 2

And for 2015 and 2016 Scalebound, Phantom Dust, Halo 5, Quantum Break, probably D4, Gears of War, Forza 6, Fable Legends

Microsoft is increasing their in-house development teams

Sony is promoting indies now because they don't have the revenue to create as many big budget games like the PS1/PS2/PS3 life cycles

SpinalRemains1381555d ago

I'd explain to you why you're 100% wrong, but seeing as you have 1 bubble, its already apparent. That and you've already returned to the MS bridge from which you slumber beneath.

y7jzdgy1555d ago

So explain why you think that he's wrong instead of just disagreeing and trying to insult him. Wait, let me guess.. you have no argument and that frustrates you so instead you insult him and make reference to him being a troll when in actual fact, you're the one being the troll!

Angels37851555d ago (Edited 1555d ago )

@y7jzdgy^^^^

You must be new here...

When it comes to "lifeisgamesok" people can have dissertation length arguments...but if you know his history its not worth wasting the energy.

Especially on trolls and "selective hearing" nut jobs.

Flamingweazel1555d ago

LMaO everything you said was BS (Sonys studios are all working on games as we speak), x1 is just back to where it was in april, losing, price drop did NOTHING. Gun be a hard gen for you Dogg.

Bennibop1555d ago

What are you smoking?? Sony is not focusing on indies small game companys are keen to get on to PS4 because of ease of development and number of user. Sony still has the largest number of AAA of the big three all of which are activbely developing AAA exclusives!

Back to the point anyway no Microsoft are not making a comeback (not at the moment) double a poor months sales is not fantastic. Notice Microsoft never mention what they sold either May or June.

y7jzdgy1555d ago (Edited 1555d ago )

So how do you explain all the sudden indie love from Sony then this generation? They've never pushed for indies like this before. Why is Yoshida being quoted as saying things like this; "I do realise that some people are only interested in big-budget AAA games. I don't really understand those people"

http://www.gamesindustry.bi...

Yeah just ignore it and it will probably just go away.

I disagree that Sony has largest number of AAA out of the three (especially this gen) but since you didn't go out of your way to post proof of it I won't bother with it. Btw, it costs big money to make AAA games you know.

Pain1555d ago (Edited 1555d ago )

@Life

"Of course" - In la la land thats what u meant to say right?

"No more mandatory Kinect for people that disliked it " -True.

""""X1 had the better launch games and are finishing this year with Halo MCC, Sunset Overdrive, Ori, K.I season 2, Forza Horizon 2""

""""And for 2015 and 2016 Scalebound, Phantom Dust, Halo 5, Quantum Break, probably D4, Gears of War, Forza 6, Fable Legends """"" ""

-In your deluded opinion.

"Microsoft is increasing their in-house development teams " -But cutting 16'000 jobs across devisions.

"""Sony is promoting indies now because they don't have the revenue to create as many big budget games like the PS1/PS2/PS3 life cycles"""

-Indie games are like the good old fun Arcades games many of us enjoyed in our Childhoods ( or before most Xbox fans was a smirk in there daddies pants) and sony knows this so they support them and help them thrive.

and you really think Sony is not creating new I.P's? stop sniffing glue.

FITgamer1555d ago

Unless it starts to consistently outsell the PS4 it's not making a comeback.

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JBSleek1555d ago

Don't call it comeback/ I've been here for months

Hellsvacancy1555d ago

Do you not have a PC you should be stroking?

JBSleek1555d ago

Why? Because in your world you can't enjoy multiple platforms?

Master-H1554d ago

On the shelves gathering up dust perhaps.

Abash1555d ago

June's numbers saw a big increase because people were waiting on the $399 SKU, the launch of that SKU was of course going to show a rise in sales.

Now that it's been out for weeks, we'll know with the numbers of the next few months whether or not the Xbox One is making a comeback

JeffGUNZ1555d ago

Well they didn't announce the kinect-less Xbox one unti May 13, which is half the month. It's not like everyone was waiting for it before they announced it. I think it's just more reasonable now then what it was priced before. We will see how it does over the fall and holiday season.

OT: I don't think it's a comeback. The PS4 is like the highest selling console ever, so that makes it look worse then it is. Xbox is still doing well overall.

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