Ed writes: Which console maker won 2019? Let's look back at how Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony all did in the gaming sphere throughout 2019.
1. PlayStation. 2. Nintendo. 3. Xbox.
I'd put Nintendo at #1. They're entering into the mid growth of the next generation while the other two are slowly transitioning to the same generation as Nintendo. I believe they had the highest growth rate in both hardware and software sales while the other two had reduced hardware and maybe equal to previous year software rates.
Nintendo definitely. They got the girl, the gold watch and everything this year.
Nintendo killed it this year with exclusive offerings, recieved the best version of Dragon Quest, and delivered a port many thought to be impossible in the Witcher 3. No idea why you have so many disagrees.
Agreed. If we're being objective we go with Nintendo, and I'm not even big on Nintendo, but I have to acknowledge that they had some great output this year and just a great year overall. That said, Sony still had a fine year.
How on earth do you seriously think Nintendo was better than Sony's ps4 offerings this year?? I'm looking at their games and I see nothing that would make me purchase a switch... Ps4 on the other hand had the following... Err, you know what Google it, I don't want to waste my time proving my point. Happy new year! Time to get wasted!
@ArmyOfDarkness Because I have both a PS4 Pro and a Switch, so I have played what both has to offer. Meanwhile you, who claims PS4 has the better offering, have admitted to not owning and therefore not playing what the Switch has to offer. Go figure.
Delusional. SONY came out on top smoking everything in site. SONY is already at the finish line for the 8th gen. Nintendo gave UP on their Wii U and came back with the switch where as SONY messed up with the PS3 but made a comeback. Nintendo and MS are quitters
Gonna have to put Nintendo at #1 I'm afraid. If we try to look at things as objectively as possible they definitely had the most successful year.
I understand where you're coming from but games wise was nintendo enough? Good games sure, great sales yes but number 1? Either way I guess it's down to personal preference but either playstation or Nintendo is fine with me. As for MS I don't even know why we mention them this gen?
On no !!!! You dint put the PS4 in second place lol - gonna be a lot of toys thrown out of the proms now !
Sony had a B year and Nintendo a B+ but overall solid. Microsoft isn't even on the radar for me and their XSX reveal was pretty underwhelming. Top 3 Games: Days Gone Luigi's Mansion 3 Outer Worlds So it's been a good mix.
"Microsoft isnt even on the radar for me" *Names Microsoft game in top 3*
*Names 2 exclusives and a multi-platform title.
*names a Sony game, Nintendo game and an MS game meaning MS is on his radar FTFY
*Names a game that per usual for Microsoft buys instead of creating ones on their own. Other than forza, none of their studios have created a worthwhile game on their own under Microsoft's umbrella. And forza is just a run of the mill racing game.
TK Do you know what an exclusive is? Please list Xbox's exclusives.. You been asked a couple times but you've swerved well
To everyone replying about TOW MS had nothing to do with the creation, development, nor the publishing of The Outer Worlds. Stop trying to give them credit for it. They get to claim credit for making the eventual second game whatever it turns out to be. It being a decent-good-great game is on Private Division and of course primarily Obsidian. He named a Sony game a Nintendo game and a 3rd party game that is now owned by MS.
@The Wood You would need to demonstrate why I need to list them. Why should I care exactly? I pointed out a factual observation that the Outer Worlds is a Microsoft game as it's developed by a studio owned by MS. Problem? elaborate. @vfl523 Cool story brah. I take it you're a big Forza fan? @mkis007 Ah I see. Publishers just buy studios and then have zero interaction with them for a year.
Do you know what an exclusive is? 'You would need to demonstrate why I need to list them. Why should I care exactly? I pointed out a factual observation that the Outer Worlds is a Microsoft game as it's developed by a studio owned by MS. Problem? elaborate.' ........ The article is about who had the best year. What differentiates one from the others are the exclusives be it games, services, peripherals. Maybe its easier for you to ignore or sidestep the point. Multiplats are multiplats so using those are mute points no matter their publisher. You've been asked to list MS's exclusives but spin why you cant or wont... Its kool tho bro, we understand your reasons. I see the radar comment irked ya but think of it as hyperbole..... in the grand scheme of thins xbox has produced very little this year and for the majority of people, services aren't as important as output
I stopped playing Days Gone when I walked into a game breaking glitch, less than 2 hours into the game, when a gas canister glitched out of existence, requiring me to do the mission over.
@The Wood "Do you know what an exclusive is?" I'm afraid you need to answer my question first. Why should I care? "The article is about who had the best year." This might be difficult for you to understand but I responded to a comment and not the article. If you have such a issue with me briefly pointing out an illogical statement within a comment that you then want to assume my position/opinions then you don't actually deserve a response to your questions. You engaged in bad faith and made some stupid assumptions. I know you find it very irritating that I don't dance to your tune, but you cant always get your own way buddy ;) "You've been asked to list MS's exclusives but spin why you cant or wont." Tell me why it logically follows that I need to list Xbox exclusives when all I effectively said is that Outer Worlds is an MS game? Why am I having to list exclusives exactly for pointing out an inconsistency in someones comment? Also, since reading comprehension isn't your thing, you were the only one to ask me to list exclusives. No one else; just you. " I see the radar comment irked ya but think of it as hyperbole....." Oh, trust me. I have a little army of drones posting PS4 sales figures in my PM's for some reason. People appear to be very irritated with me pointing out such a simple fact XD
Playstation? They won with what?
Even when they're bad - they're good. Nintendo are enjoying some deserved success - it just shows how bad ms is.
Days gone, death stranding, ace combat 7, concrete genie, dreams early access. Do you want me to go on? Medievil, blood and truth, Everybody's Golf Vr, Shenmue III, Mlb plus stellar games like re2 and sekiro.
You guys just list a bunch of third party games which could also be played on PC/Xbox as well. The only notable games from PS4 are Death Stranding and Days Gone, and maybe Judgement, and that is a third party game just like DS. I mean, I had fun on the PS4 this year with DS, but let be honest here.
"let be honest here" Honestly, PS had just as much right to say who "won" as the other two. To me, it wasn't a particularly good year for any of them. But to suggest there is one "honest" answer is a bit absurd.
“ To me, it wasn't a particularly good year for any of them” You are kidding right? The one that release high rated exclusive after high rated exclusives did not have a good year? Is third party suddenly a selling point now? I thought it is an afterthought?
Third party is a selling point when it is available on one console and nearly absent on another. If you want to ignore what games are missing entirely from a platform then you are choosing not to look at the whole picture. When exclusives are discussed in the context of Xbox and PS then it is with the understanding that the majority of third party games are available on both. This is not the case with Switch and that has to be factored in whether you like it or not.
Why do people sleep on judgement like it didn't score a good score.. Some people will never see the good unless it's in line with their own narrative. Donkey of the day goes to . . . . 'The wilfully ignorant' whatever side you're coming from. I know there's a bag of Nintendo games I haven't played or I'm unaware off so I won't act like I am. What I do know is both Sony and more so Nintendo released more games than Microsoft did and there was enough quality to compete but Sony had a slight advantage of having some of the multiplats that weren't on the Nintendo. It's not impossible to call the year Sony or Nintendo's. . Hope that clears it up
@King_Noctis Well considering that PlayStation, unlike MS, actually RELEASED exclusive games, I would say they won by forfeit, regardless of the multitude of outstanding exclusives released by Sony during the whole of 2019.
Days Gone, for me, was only notable for how lacking in overall quality it was for a PlayStation exclusive. I think Days Gone epitomizes the 'okay' video game. Death Stranding I thought was brilliant, and its release secured Sony a place in 2019. I found the colorful, whimsical Concrete Genie to be an utter bore to play. Couldn't stick with it. I'm not into baseball games like MLB, and I'm not into VR so Blood and Truth I cannot play. Dreams is a fantastic application and creation tool, but I wouldn't really consider it a game. Sony didn't have a 'weak' year - I wouldn't use the word weak, but for me it was definitely one of Sony's 'lightest' years, which is forgivable all things considered, such as the output of previous years and the fact that many of their studios and teams are working on PS5 stuff.
Third party is absolutely a selling point, all of the must have titles are absent on Switch. That’s definitely going to weigh in on someone’s decision when they’re selecting a console. Switch has exclusives but minimal third party. Xbox has third party but no exclusives. PlayStation has exclusives and third party. PS4 having all the hottest third party titles gives them a significant edge when comparing with the Switch.
Sales wise, Nintendo. Innovation wise definitely Microsoft with the BC, gamespass and software features. Exclusive wise I’d say Sony won. All depends on the metric used.
Nintendo and Playstation did well. Xbox is a disappointment this gen
Based on personal use its ps, xbox, switch, but objectively nintendo has had the best year in terms of growth, understandable as the other two are winding down this gen and getting the next ready, while the switch is really just reaching maybe its midway point, but no matter what system you go with, they all had games to enjoy this year.
I dont care, i just know i had fun and 2020 looks friggin bonkers for everyone
Nintendo Switch had an excellent year.
#1 Nintendo #2 Microsoft #3 PlayStation
I’d agree with that. Nintendo crushed it again with their games, Gears 5 was a great game and the Gamepass additions this year were stellar, especially the day one launches like Outer Worlds. Playstation had the most mediocre year of all. Underwhelming exclusives, no real trade show presence, and other then The Last of Us 2, i don’t have a lot of excitement for their next years lineup as well
I find it funny when someone includes Death Stranding during discussions like this and they have to out an asterisk next to it. "currently leads with 44 GOTY awards" Basically you're saying you think it's good but can explain why, so you need to mention the awards it's got as a way to validate your opinion.
Krib Xbox had a very poor year. Their big hitter Gears 5 being just okay, and to top it all off the Xbox Live Gold free games have been terrible throughout.
TK - got hung up on Death Stranding haha, didnt see that coming. neversaynever34 listed another 9 games - but let's not address those.
Unbelievable kribwalker, what "neversaynever34" said below is correct.
@oldboy You cant resist me, lol. Its fine babe; I'm here for you <3 I give you full permission to follow me around N4G and display your saltiness.
lol you try too hard guys. I don't think you guys are capable of admitting MS's L's Game pass is the go to argument instead of exclusive content. The list of games are ignored or titles are cherry picked because 'reasons' You say sony had a mediocre presence because they didn't attend a trade show.....REACH Remember sony made their presence known with a tweet which done a great job. Let me help you brothers. The games sony released aren't all top level but the net output is better than MS's and has been for the majority of the gen. Excuses like what doesn't appeal to you or games you hunt for low scores on aren't changing the facts. Please list MS's exclusive 'games'. because if you wanna shoehorn other things then you'd better include sales.
@the wood - what you guys don't understand is the list above to someone like me is just a load of tat that I have no interest in playing. Death Stranding could have 1000 awards but it wouldn't make it play any better for example. This is no different than you guys criticising Gears 5 or Forza because they are not your thing. And the old narrative that a game is multiplatform because it's on PC is just a deflection, PC is still part of the MS system and games will continue to be released for it. One day some of you will learn it's just a plastic box and you've wasted an awful lot of your life trolling a console you don't want, in many cases due to an irrational hate of the manufacturer.
"PC is still part of the MS system and games will continue to be released for it" PC is not part of the MS system. PC is bigger than any one company. MS owns the most popular operating system on PC: Windows. Within PC, there are multiple operating systems and multiple gaming platforms and some, such as Steam, are spread across those multiple operating systems. So to say PC is part of MS is just incorrect. And other than MS first party, most games released on PC have nothing to do with Microsoft at all. Windows is not a closed ecosystem.
One day some of you will learn it's just a plastic box and you've wasted an awful lot of your life trolling a console you don't want, in many cases due to an irrational hate of the manufacturer. Irony What part of my comment was irrational. Nobody professed you should enjoy what you don't enjoy. That's a very myopic view of the outputs. You should also take into account who and what I was replying to. If you ignore that or see no reason why anyone would take issue then you're exactly what you accused others of being. Please tell me the bit about PC was a joke. . . . .lol
Playstation rules again.
Of course for me it's Playstation but I can't deny the Switch has had a good year for sales & far as the XBO when it comes to AAA exclusives it's mostly crickets.
I think it's valid to say Sony or Nintendo won, based on whatever your preference is. I'm more in camp PlayStation, but the Switch had a good year too. MS earns a participation ribbon. At least they had a big exclusive this year, even if it's not the gamechanger they were hoping for. Yeah...they really need to step things up if they want to be awarded anything but a participation ribbon. Is there any point in having a bronze medal in a race with three participants? Yeah...I know it's all metaphorical, but they really are trailing the competition.
Sony and Nintendo killing while MS is standing in a corner saying... i did good too! Here have a trophy for the most players in any particular game
No.1 is either Nintendo or Sony but certainly NOT Microsoft. The latter may have announced its third new console in 6 years (One in 2013, 'X' in 2017 and now the piece of log for next year) but that does not win much considering Sony will also be releasing a new console plus big releases for existing console! (namely, TLOU 2, FF7 Remake, Ghost of Tsuhima, and Nioh 2 and probably a Yakuza game somewhere as they have been pouring out here in the west over the last two years). In addition, Sony had big releases this year, its final full year that simply outdid anything Microsoft had to offer. From the above, I would say Sony had the best year but Nintendo is also doing well and so it is a flip of the coin but as usual MS brings up the rear.
Sales wise Nintendo did it was the best selling console for months and it past Xbox sales in 2 and a half years that's pretty incredible if you ask me.
its sooooo obvious. i won. by not purchasing any game this year and only playing my mates copies /s
lol leeching rules
Nintendo does Nintendo, they don't play the game...after GameCube they decided they were not going to match hardware for hardware with the Wii. After Wii U they decided their strength is portability and released a new portable hybrid console in the middle of an ongoing generation. With the launches being unaligned for the foreseeable future I doubt we will get a good comparison of the competition.
1. PlayStation/Nintendo 3. PC 4. Xbox
I have both, so both of them
Comparison between 3 consoles and you say you have both....? Sure.
I didn't even see Nintendo on the list 😅.
Switchs is not a home console bro, even reggie said switch is not competing with xbox or playstation, quit being delusional. No doubt switch is a nice handled, but home console, please.
@TheHateTheyGive No-one mentioned home consoles "bro". The article is about Sony v Microsoft v Nintendo and how they performed in 2019. Nothing delusional there; it's there in the title of the article. (BTW I don't have a Switch)
The only thing that everyone agrees with is that Xbox is last place. At least we have a community consensus there.
It can't be denied that out of the three in terms of games, Xbox is dead last. That said I still very much enjoyed gaming on my X this year.
It's a tough one for 1st. I will have to give it to Sony by a hair but that's because I played all of Sony's exclusives this year. So second would be Nintendo and 3rd PC.
Lol, how is this even a serious question?