The Ultimate Proof Sony Is Winning

Jane Wells of CNBC Writes:

"Forget the analysts. Forget the NPD sales figures. Forget the CEO's. I live with the ultimate expert on the video game industry-my 16-year-old son.

He not only plays video games, he watches every show about them on G4, he participates in chat rooms about them on the internet, he competes in a variety of games on a variety of platforms. He always tells me the latest trend three months before I read about it in the media.

But he's never been a PlayStation fan. Sure, he had a PS1, but as soon as the Xbox came out, it was game over. He loved the Xbox graphics, and once he was old enough to play "Halo," he loved the games. He graduated to the Xbox 360, Xbox Live, "Gears of War," etc. He even hung in there during the overheating Xbox "red ring of death" phase. Other than a two-year detour/obsession playing "World of Warcraft" on his computer, he has always been an Xbox fanboy. Sony just didn't have great games."

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i_eatbreakfast4lunch3740d ago

winning? since when is being in last place winning?

Dark vader3740d ago (Edited 3740d ago )

Its good to see that people realize the value of the ps3, but this isn't news, its more like a nice story. I would like to congratulate the kid on making the right choice.

AuToFiRE3740d ago (Edited 3740d ago )

Think about it for a moment, the consoles werent released at the same time, in fact, a year apart. if you were to put them side by side (released same day) the playstation 3 would be in the lead. not only that but is microsoft counting RRoD'd 360s in their 'shipped' figures? 19 million minus 33% equals 12 million 730 thousand units shipped if they are including it in their figures

lil Titan3740d ago

when you where typing your post you really thought people wanted to read that huh, maybe im oldskool but "if ya dont have anything nice to say dont say anything at all"

i_eatbreakfast4lunch3740d ago

its wasnt mean or nice, it was informative, if you were losing at something would you call it winning, i really dont give a shat about consoles here but you cant be last and first, its simple physics

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StephanieBBB3740d ago

lol everything you say is so unintelligent...

253740d ago

i guess someone never heard of a story about a race between the tortoise and the hare. it starts off with the hare having a year head start, so it squanders it. = )

Common Sense3740d ago

how can the 360 win when it'll be in last place?

To be honest, I don't the 360 to be in last place, that spot should be for the Wii.
In my book, it's like this:
360 extremely close 2nd
Wii- dead last

lil Titan3740d ago

its simple physics..? do you know...*takes deep breathe* i think you mean common sense but forget it any way it wasnt about u saying something nice or not (i guess u never heard of Analogies) it was you saying something that you thought would contribute to the subject and i didnt see your post as a worthy contribute more of and problem starter so i identifyed it to you more of an hypothetical question mixed with a lil sarcasm to say short and simple since you didnt get it the first time "your post wasnt necessary"

BulletToothtony3740d ago

oh oh someone is gonna get some forced vacations...

xJxdOggyStYLe3740d ago

thats how u can tell sony won huh?
what a dumb article...why was this approved? slow news day ?

La Chance3740d ago

but thats it...a simple story.

My brother switched from PS3 to 360 though he's a Sny fanboy , does that mean 360 is winning ?

(Lol , my story isnt true just in case )

TheMurderer3740d ago (Edited 3740d ago )

There are too many outside forces in that equation to matter. If they had released side by side it may be different, but it probably wouldn't. The 360 prepared the market for the next generation. Developers had an extra year to get used to making next gen games, the consumer market got to experience the next generation through 360, and advertising and marketing was shaped by this change.
If they had been released side by side, the 360 may have still come out ahead because of it's lower price points (also, Gears of War may have even launched WITH it). We all know the 360 failure rate, but if they came out at the same time, that extra year may have worked out the RROD problem.
The bottom line is, Microsoft made a good move (hardware problems aside) by releasing their console a year early. Whether side by side the PS3 would have come out ahead doesn't even matter, because the whole situation would/could have been different. The 360 is currently ahead of the PS3, and that's just the way things are.
Plus, it's their sales figures. If they included all the replacement 360s they sent out, then they'd be closer to 30 million. So... yeah.

Also, that article was really stupid. "My son saw a terrible press conference and switched allegiances because he is a fan of waiting for something to happen that may or may not. My poor, poor son."
The ultimate proof? OR! The ultimate.... spoof?

See what I did there? Brilliant.

Mr Fancy Pants3740d ago

it's not about winning people it's about that the guy says: "He always tells me the latest trend three months before I read about it in the media" and now he loves the PS3....

who said that? his son or something. people you should start to go school again and learn how to find the principal ideas in lectures...

--anyway, his entire point it's based on what his son it's saying, pretty stupid if you ask me.

Pr3-M3d_G4M3R3740d ago

Breakfast you need to stop posting in the Gamer zone all of your comments are nothing more than a little incentive to cause someone to flame. Your comment has absolutely nothing to do with the article, GET OUT OF THE GAMER ZONE!!! Why dont you take a hike and go into the open zone and cause a war out there?

Monchichi0253740d ago (Edited 3740d ago )

You can tell this lady has NO CLUE what she's talking about when she mentions that her son decided to switch to a PS3 after hearing the MG4 news at E3. E3??!!!! MG4 was out WEEKS prior to E3....

PLUS, you guys notice how this lady admitted buying her Son a game that wasn't even rated for him!!! Parenting At it's Best!!!

Sad, sad lady talking what she doesn't know about.

Nevers3740d ago

wow... this is front page news... If this random lady says the sky is falling, will that be on CNN tomorrow?

I'm sorry but I don't give a rats ass what some random person blogs. THAT IS NOT JOURNALISM... THAT'S PATHETIC!!!!

Again - just to reiterate. THIS IS NOT NEWS WORTHY....

Megatron083740d ago (Edited 3740d ago )

I laugh so hard at this article it is beyind stupid. IF this kid knew so much about games then how come he never heard of MGS4 or blu ray till watching the sony pc at E3. He didnt know about blu ray dics are scratch resistant. Then to say he an "expert" and "the latest trend three months before" This might of been news if they had posted it back in 04. Seriously did this kid just wake up from a comma or something ?

btw why is this even in the 360 section when its about sony winning

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Cinos1233740d ago

Your numbers make no sense its just theory craft on your part, do you really think not one of the RROD users sent in there 360's to get repaired? and they got it back in working condition. 19 million is 19 million you can't shave off numbers like that.

thebudgetgamer3739d ago

when did news for gamers turn into storys for gamers

Ohohoho3739d ago

In this instance, she's referring to the fact that her son previously didn't like Playstation, didn't play any of the awesome PS2 games that came around, and STILL traded in his 360 for a PS3 because of what he saw on E3, which was INCREDIBLY underwhelming.

She's saying that if such a thing became a trend, where Sony could underperform yet still entice because even that lack of a quality showing is still better than the competition, then Sony is the ultimate winner for being able to attract people, even former haters, when they aren't even trying to.

Did you not read the beginning of the article where it says "Forget numbers"? I guess you didn't, otherwise your comment wouldn't exist.

Rock Bottom3739d ago

This is my first post in this topic...

It's also my last post in this topic...

So much for your simple physics. :P

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i_eatbreakfast4lunch3739d ago

yeah exactly my point dum dum, you can only be first and last at the same time if you are the only one, why dont you post two more times and still tell me that your first one is your last one, kinda like the console race, the first cant be last, unless its the only and we all know thats not the case here....

psiom3739d ago

rofl at the physics of winning.

The physics of your posting style is awesome.

Scottama3739d ago

Actually, you're wrong. Firstly, your first post only refers to Sale (sorry..., shipped) numbers. Secondly, your second post referring to the first post as "informative" was wrong, given that you actually requested information.

Also, about your first/last physics (and I will even bring ACTUAL physics into this); it is possible for a photon to be in two places at the same time, and so, if a photon and say... a neutron were in a race, the photon could be first and last, assuming that the photon moved directly in one place, and indirectly at the other. Note, this is not two photons, nor one photon splitting into two. It is one photon, in two places.

Cease and desist.


so because the authors son bought a ps3, everyone lived happily ever after? what the hell was that rubbish?

Anon19743739d ago (Edited 3739d ago )

Seriously, the 360's tenuous hold to second place is about 5.5 million worldwide, less than what they sold in their first year with no next-gen competition. The PS3 outsold the 360 by 1.4 million consoles from Jan 08 till the end of June. You do the math. If everything were to stay the same and Sony's momentum doesn't continue to pick up steam the 360's lead is gone at this rate in early 2010. If momentum does continue the PS3 will overtake the 360 next year sometime. Sony is gunning for 150 million PS3's sold during it's lifespan. It's clear the race has only just begun.

AuToFiRE3739d ago

wrong, if the 360 was released a year later after fixing the overheating issues, disc scratching issues, the infamous 'being a microsoft product' issue it would actually be a better console than the ps3, the 360 is only a money maker, it uses the same software, same developing tools as windows (durr) so technically its a computer with a controller that cant use a keyboard or mouse and yet it crashes just as much as its desktop brother known as Windows PC(Piece of Crap?) . the playstation 3 is technically still a console because it brings new technology unlike the 360 which brings last gens computer technology in a new vertical position(WOW!)

Even if the 360 was released in a bundle it would not save the console from epic suckage(now yours for only $300)
Plus on the closer to 30 million part.. no, they 'refurbish' the RRoD'd 360s and send them back to you(or in the case for some places in europe that sell them as new..) so why would it take them an extra year to come out with better games for it? and where are all these games now? its a computer, where are the games for the computer? nowhere, so if there are no games for a PC there are no games for the 360. period.

now im too tired to really think about what i wrote so please inform me on anything i missed in my rant

yes, the 360 is a good console, if it wasnt for the fact that its main priority is to make money, not make the customer happy

Sanhlami3739d ago

Sony is winning the hearts of people.

The Lazy One3739d ago

I owned a PS1 and PS2. I preferred sony hands down. I was a huge sony fanboy. I bought almost every RPG for the console, and at least rented most of the others.

I bought an xbox, I loved it. I bought a 360, I love it.


Lukatoll3739d ago (Edited 3739d ago )

mmmmmm... Dude, your avatar makes me hungry.

i_eatbreakfast4lunch3739d ago (Edited 3739d ago )

yeah but that's only because a photon can exhibit wave-like functions, it can act as both a wave and a particle, no console (particle) can exist with wave properties, a photon has zero rest mass which makes this possible, but a console or actual being, that does have rest mass cannot exhibit these functions

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LastDance3740d ago

i did EXACTLY the same thing with my N64. Packed up all of it and got a ps1...thing is...i remeber enjoying the Hell out of my N64 and zelda was 1 of my All time fav games....not sure why i took the plunge and got a ps1...but i was like...10 years old and the guy sold me a copy of this "crazy new steal game called Metal gear solid or something"......good times:P

metalhead3740d ago

Used to be a big time Sega guy then when I saw the PS1 my life was never the same when it comes to games. And when I bought the PS2 ppl said that it won't top the Dreamcast and look what happened to that. Now ppl are saying that the PS3 won't top the 360, hmm I see repeat in the future just not involve the retirement of a console.

gaffyh3740d ago

Yep Not news AND a pointless story

tojfs79313740d ago

Terrible story if you ask me.

Superfragilistic3739d ago (Edited 3739d ago )

If all I had to do was ask my 16yr old son, I would've never joined N4G in the first place!

Fishy Fingers3740d ago

"He graduated to the Xbox 360, Xbox Live, "Gears of War," etc"

Nice to see someone buying their 16 year old son an 18 certificate game. Good to see there isn't double standards within the media ;)

TheMurderer3740d ago

In the US, he only has to be 17!
Closer, but not quite.

flash743740d ago

I agree, if her son is only 16 now, that means she let him play Gears at 14. A fairly adult game for a young kid, great parenting idiot!

potenquatro3739d ago

and that's why we have litle kids spaming mics on every console and pc around the world on 17+ games. amirite

003740d ago (Edited 3740d ago )

So is this person the ultimate evidence?.

myothercar3740d ago (Edited 3740d ago )

If her son knows about the latest trends three months before she reads about them in the media, but it took him til July '08 to know that MGS4 was on to PS3, he needs to watch more G4. The boy genius could actually learn something from them.

tojfs79313740d ago

Remind me never to trust CNBC with my financial questions.