Dylan Warman: Xbox has lagged behind PlayStation, especially during this generation. However, the brand has already taken steps to close that gap going forward.
Depends on what gap we're talking about. I would be shocked if Sony doesn't outsell Xbox in consoles by a big margin. Maybe it will be closer if they handle pricing really aggressively, but I don't see it being substantially closer. With their PC multiplat strategy, xcloud, and this more gradual cross generation approach to next gen, MS obviously knows that they've significantly reduced to their ability to move consoles. With that in mind, it doesn't preclude them from "closing the gap" in other ways. Close the gap in the quality and quantity of titles. Keep expanding the market to close the gap in revenue. Those are achievable goals for them.
Is Xbox really trying to 'close the gap'? Is that their main objective?
It doesn't seem like it, does it?
They said they're not trying to go head to head with Sony. Maybe they know that's futile unless they have a head start. A lot of ground to cover to compete so they're taking a new path
Xbox is not trying and will not try to close the gap. An Xbox boss recently confirmed it on an interview so this article is pointless. Do not approve this garbage.
PlayStation 2 sold 155 million Xbox sold 24 million PlayStation 3 sold 87.4 million Xbox 360 sold 85.8 million PlayStation 4 sold 106 million Xbox One sold 46 million There’s never going to be a time when an Xbox system would outsell a PlayStation system. Microsoft’s gaming brand doesn’t have the global appeal to ever pull it off.
I'm okay with that. Whoever is leading doesn't matter. That these companies deliver a quality product does.
I disagree. When Microsoft was in the driver's seat for the time, it was all dude bro shooters and westernized Japanese games. Sony in the drivers seat brought things back to normal where there was more variety and Japanese games were Japanese games again. I don't want to go back to shooters being the dominant style game.
@apocalypseshadow No one was stopping Sony from putting out whatever games they wanted.
Yeah, Sony dropped the ball hard at the beginning of ps3 and they still couldn't manage a win. Even the loyalists have kind of given up on the idea.
@FallenAngel PlayStation 3 sold 87.4 million Xbox 360 sold 85.8 million Context: *Close the Gap* You pretty much proved that MS can achieve that goal, then you changed the subject to "best selling console".
sony outsold MS that gen with one less year of sales time. the gap is bigger than the numbers show.
And Sony proved that they can widen the gap. Depends on how you look at it.
@MasterCornholio "And Sony proved that they can widen the gap. Depends on how you look at it." Further proof that nothing is set on a stone.
If anything, MS has closed the gap. The PS2 outsold the og xbox like 6-1 but the PS4 is only outselling the xbo by 2.5-1. I'd say they have done okay for themselves but obviously the 7th gen was a fluke for both seeing as it was nearly a tie and they both lost to Nintendo. Everyone sees things differently.
"According to the head of Microsoft Studios, Matt Booty, Xbox will not be competing in a “head-to-head bout with Sony”, they will instead focus on self improvement and “continue building characters, stories and worlds that can transcend generations, devices and platforms."
I don't need my toy to be the most popular toy to enjoy it.
If their current plans are any indication, they have no intention of trying to close the gap.
By continue studios acquisition/creation while empowering those studios with big name talents even from Sony itsef? Yeah... right.
and after aquiring all of this - they now announce that there will be NO exclusives for the seriesX for the first 1-2 years after launch - yea, THAT makes perfect sense. S
@nucky64 It does make sense. Quality AAA next gen aren´t made overnight. I´m dying to see how Sony´s next gen launch games will fair in comparisson with Xbox Series X´s current gen games Halo Infinite, Forza 8 and Playground´s new RPG. Soon.
They certainly won't do it by not releasing any exclusives for almost 2 years after a new console launch lol.
By not having exclusives on release.
By giving people zero reason to upgrade their new console apparently, lol
They just opened a new gap of having no exclusive next gen games.
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