NPD: Consumer Spending on PC Games Hit $1.4 Billion in 2005

When The NPD Group last issued research on the PC games sector, it promised that future reports would incorporate digital downloads and online subscriptions in addition to standard retail sales. With this new focus in mind, NPD recently conducted a study during the fourth quarter of calendar 2005. Over 13 weeks they collected data concerning online subscription behavior from nearly 60,000 respondents. What The NPD discovered was that consumer spending on PC Games reached $1.4 billion in 2005, with online subscriptions to PC games and gaming web sites estimated to account for $344 million of that total.

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The future of Xbox: Will history remember 'the end of exclusive games' as the right choice?

A gamble that could pay off, or backfire.

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Jin_Sakai1d 4h ago

Xbox is pretty much irrelevant at this point and PlayStation will open up a massive player base for Xbox games.

Obscure_Observer7h ago

Yeah, it´s so "irrelevant" that even publishers and developers that used to skip Xbox and keep their games exclusive to either or both Nintendo and Sony, are now heading towards to Series Consoles.

Playstation "massive" player base couldn´t prevent Sony from losing freaking 10 Billion after its latest financial report, and PC which used to be treated as Sony´s *main* competitor according to Andrew House, is now their main partner.

Those are the facts.

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Crows903h ago

Another fact for you. Developments is pretty standardized now compared to before.

Many games still skip Xbox consoles.

Ironmike1h ago

Sony going to be doing the same watch next Yr

BobManoak1h ago

“Another fact for you. Developments is pretty standardized now compared to before.”

Spoken as someone who has no idea what he’s talking about. Still entirely different SDKs, OS, graphics APIs, tools and so on… not standardized at all.

Obscure is right - Sony are essentially going in the same direction. PS isn’t doing great right now.

S2Killinit55m ago(Edited 55m ago)

Xbox has never been as irrelevant as it is today. So much so that they are releasing their games on other consoles to make a profit.


anast12m ago

It will be up by 20 billion by the end of the 4th quarter.

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-Foxtrot23h ago

I hate the idea of consoles losing exclusive games, I'd be gutted if Sony or Nintendo started putting their games on whatever willy nilly as you've got to have that special "ooomf" to justify the purchase of each one.

However in Xbox's case they've been heading down this path for years now, not just because of Microsoft's new business goals but because of their own silly decisions. Microsoft buying up two massive publishers paved the way for them to become a huge third party publisher themselves and in years to come more games will come to other consoles

If you think they will stop at just 4 games then you are lying to yourselves

Lightning774h ago

Nobody suspects they'll ll stop at 4. They're just testing the waters. If they succeed expect more of those types of games to make the jump.

EvertonFC4h ago

"If they succeed" well we know the answer to that already, so basically a 3rd party company in 3 years.

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heywardTV1h ago

I expect more and not just those types of games no matter how desperately you keep pushing that narrative. Man you must love eating crow.

Lightning773h ago

@Ever riiiight They're releasing a new gen console.

So much for 3 years I guess.

@landy get lost spam bot.

EvertonFC44m ago(Edited 38m ago)

Of course they will have a console, but they will love the profits from Nintendo and PlayStation gamers buying the games.
It's gonna actually be a great move for Xbox, I'm not in the playstation has defeated Xbox camp fella I can assure you.
Playstation fans won't like me saying this but Sony will see the profits MS is actually making and will no doubt offer at least some exclusives imo at some point nxt generation.
It's about profits for these companies at the end of the day and they all love the €/£/$

Obscure_Observer2h ago

"If you think they will stop at just 4 games then you are lying to yourselves"

Well, I believe more games will come eventually. Just not the ones you´re expecting.

They´re already announced their plans to release another powerful next gen system. So to assume they´ll release their major system-sellers on both Nintendo and Sony´s systems is silly to say at least.

"I'd be gutted if Sony or Nintendo started putting their games on whatever willy nilly as you've got to have that special "ooomf" to justify the purchase of each one."

I wonder if Playstation consoles will be worth for you in the future as more and more games will making its way to PC.

I believe Nintendo will be the only one of the big three to remain loyal to console gaming only for the foreseeable future.

heywardTV1h ago

I believe you will be eating another plate of crow but you must be use to it by now.

MrDead1h ago(Edited 1h ago)

It's funny now MS is multiplatform it's own platform will be it's smallest customer base. They purchased publishers and studios that profit the least from Xbox and now MS is taking control away from Xbox heads and making multiplatform games multiplatform again!?!.. MS is the worst thing to ever happen to the gaming industry so far, lets see what damage their dream of rentals only does to gaming, their horrendous mergers have already crapped on the workforce and left fans of franchises in limbo.

anast11m ago

Nintendo can't, it would destroy their console sales. Their consoles are always the weakest every gen.

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XiNatsuDragnel20h ago

I won't like exclusives for platforms entirely go away because it negs the validity of a purchase.

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isarai2h ago(Edited 2h ago)

My thing is, making a game exclusively for one console allows the developers to get closer to to the medal, and get more out of their games than other developers on their platform. That's why first party games no matter the platform or generation have always been a step above everyone else, and have spearheaded technology far ahead of anyone else besides the rare outliers like Rockstar.

That has always been a huge draw for me as a gamer, and it would really suck to see that go away.