Features, not game titles driving console adoption

Survey of purchase motivators shows specific game titles least important factor

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Echo3074583d ago (Edited 4583d ago )

Wow, not for me. I bought the console to play games... console and network features are cool, but they take a back seat to the actual games.

EDIT: Despite what I said above, the fact that the PS3 has a blu-ray player did hurry along my purchase of a PS3... so I suppose it's a tad more important that I originally thought.

Darkstorn4583d ago

I looked heavily at features. I'm a very frugal person, and just didn't feel that I would get my money's worth with a 360, thus, I got a PS3 (and I don't regret it one bit :D).

That being said, last gen I chose the Xbox over the PS2 because IT had the more enticing feature set. I guess I just go for the more powerful machine...

Persistantthug4583d ago

and proud of it. :)

I'm also proud that I chose wisely and correctly. :)

kaveti66164583d ago

I'm poor and I over-spend. I got both consoles and now I wish I had waited longer to buy just one of them.

Imperator4583d ago

Well if that's the case then you'd be pretty dumb to buy anything other than a PS3. I mean, honestly, what does the 360 have over the PS3? NOTHING.

Hotel_Moscow4583d ago

the only thing i hear from 360 fanboys is that the

controller is better which is true but they make it seem like the ps3 controller i unusable

and cross game chat

duplissi4583d ago

controller better, well thats a subjective point - if it werent for the 360s horrible dpad i would think they're equal.... so um i think it has uh oh yeah cross game chat. well with that being said, regardless of the ps3's mountain of features the 360 still has a sizable amount of features on its own to be honest.

DaTruth4583d ago (Edited 4583d ago )

The last thing I want to do while playing games is talk to people, especially if both of us are playing games. I mean, how interesting is that conversation really gonna be and I won't be paying attention no matter how interesting that conversation is.

I don't ever talk on the phone and play games! Either the game is on pause or I'm not really paying attention to you.

Anon19744583d ago (Edited 4583d ago )

I've been saying that all along. Ever talked to someone on the phone while they're playing a game? It's gotta be one of the rudest things you can do next to taking your phone into the bathroom with you while you're talking. If you can't give me your attention in a conversation, talk to me when you can. Cross game chat is the exact same thing.

I never used cross game chat on the 360, I won't use it on my PS3 if they bring it over. It already has chat and video chat outside the game. That's good enough, in my opinion. The time spent on developing cross game chat is time and money that could be spent on a worthwhile update, like MKV support.

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Shadow Flare4583d ago (Edited 4583d ago )

correct me if im wrong please but doesn't the 360 have less features then the xbox 1?

- Arcade SKU has no HDD / Xbox 1 did
- Has less room on dvd then xbox 1 discs had
- And is less reliable

Thats a pretty crappy portfolio to show off

Darkstorn4583d ago

Eh, the original Xbox had no USB ports. The main thing I use my PS3 for aside from gaming is putting video files and music on the console, so it's very important for me.

For the record, you could rip music on to the original Xbox, but you needed the original CD.

duplissi4583d ago (Edited 4583d ago )

lol, well darkstorn if you wanted to be technical, the original had 4 usb ports (the controller ports were proprietary shaped usb ports..) and some xboxes let you rip off of burned cds, but they needed the right drive.

just nitpicking.

no shadow the original only had one feature over the 360: every signle on had a internal hdd.
it did not have:
DivX/XviD, and any other video container formats.
windows media center extender
wireless controllers
ability to play dvds without proprietary remote
DLNA compatability
ability to install games
rrod.... i kid i kid.

now its another story if you had xbmc on it but....

Wrathman4583d ago

number 1 and 5 are probably the only 2 factors in my purchase of a ps3.

i was laready gaming online with the 360 before the ps3 came along.and it was bought practically just for the have to remember that at that time a BR PLAYER WAS £1000

HolyOrangeCows4583d ago

Wait...why did the game attachment rate soar up to 8.1 recently, then?

Why a person would purchase a system for the features over for the games is quite beyond me. It's all about the games, and that's why I bought a Ps3.

waltercross4583d ago

Some Fannypack disagreed with you, guess they think It's all about the Features these days.

tinybigman4583d ago

i bought my consoles for the games not features which are bonuses.

bruddahmanmatt4583d ago (Edited 4583d ago )

Sony has been the console of choice for a variety of killer games ever since the late PS1/early PS2 era. I jumped ship during the 5th gen (the N64 was my last Nintendo console and the PS1 was my first Sony console) and haven't looked back since. I've had the opportunity to play a few xbox, 360, GC and Wii exclusives thanks to my friends but I have yet to play any "need to own" games. As such, when it came time to get on the 7th gen ship, there was no question that I'd be buying a PS3. I usually wait a full year after launch before buying a current gen system to allow the major bugs to be worked out, to allow better games to be developed and let's face it, to finish off playing some of last gen's greatest.

That being said, when I bought my 80GB in late '07, it would still be a year or two before Sony had a shelf full of titles that could stand toe to toe with the PS1's and the PS2's best. But I knew that based on the quality of games they delivered with the PS1 and the PS2, their stumble during the PS3's launch would eventually be corrected. And I was right. Not having to go out and buy a separate blu-ray player is nice, but I own a PS3 for Killzone, Uncharted, Metal Gear Solid, Resistance, InFamous, Ratchet and Clank, ModNation Racers, Little Big Planet, God of War, Heavy Rain, The Last Guardian and Gran Turismo.

Fanb0y4583d ago

To be honest, N4G users are a tiny tiny TINY minority in the massive gamer popoulace.

sikbeta4583d ago (Edited 4583d ago )

I look at almost Everything, From Games to Features and HW even IF is not The Most Important Thing, The PS3 For me is more about Games + Blu-Ray and then the other Features, Best Money Spent in My Life

RageAgainstTheMShine4583d ago (Edited 4583d ago )

Its the features that made the PS3 so irresistible!

It was the price that was the obstacle!

When Sony dropped the price at $299 it made many jump to it but not so much like that for the Wii.

On more drop and it will be game over for 360 and Wii even if the PS3 system is not pirated and modifiable.

The sales of the Wii can be attributed to primarily

1) its very cheap hardware price - in a recession time Wii is a no brainer for soccer moms to buy for their kids

2) cheaper software - legitimate ones

3) software piracy -

4) modifiable hardware - meaning it can play pirated software

5) marketed as a fitness machine - what soccer mom wouldn't fall for that?

6) cute games for the millions of kids and younger gamers: meaning more people are allowed to buy Wii games than many mature PS3 games

7) increased demand in poor 3rd world countries where piracy is rampant - that's the meaning of " expanded broader market"

8) All of the above applies to the Nintendo DS too but multiply the results by 2!

Software piracy, modification & 3rd world market also applies to the 360 but it doesn't have the 'appeal' of Nintendo product nor the PlayStation brand. Both have the APPEAL & TRADITION Xbox will find it hard to erase in the culture of gamers around the world.

I hope Sony is listening and applying these facts to it development & marketing departments. PS3 needs more games that more people are allowed to buy- games for the younger gamers like Mario, Sonic and Pokemon.

Sony must go back to its PS1 and PS2 roots- Balanced Gaming for the young and old plus good price points.
These are some of the stuff that made the PlayStation brand and video gaming mainstream.

And for those that say the PS3 is mainly bought other than gaming the PS3 tie in ratio and attach rate ( which is highly accurate) says other wise.

RageAgainstTheMShine4583d ago (Edited 4583d ago )

And if the PS3 will be able to surpass the 360, piracy free, then that will be milestone in video gaming!

And if the Ps3 will surpass the Wii numbers, piracy free, then not only PlayStation won against its rivals but it won a glorious victory for the video games industry, music industry, movie industry and software industries all together. Blu-ray FTW!

Oner4583d ago (Edited 4583d ago )

@ GHINASKY ~ Your whole point cannot be overlooked or understated. That would be an ABSOLUTE key factor in what happens from here on out with console support by devs in the future. Great post Agree +Bubble

UltraNova4583d ago (Edited 4583d ago )

I went with the ps3 first due to its hardware being more powerful and for MGS games. A year later I bought a 360 as well to see what the fuss was all about Halo 3 and gears.

To be frank I did not enjoy them that much. Now Mass effect we can talk about, for me its the best game on the 360 by far! It caused me my first RROD. I said what the heck it happens to everybody (literally)and I fixed it.

Then 2 months later I got my 2nd RROD. For some time (2 days :p)I didnt know what to do..fix it? leave it? Thats when it came to me! I had just realized that MS had achieved the biggest thing in the history of marketing and electronics! To make certain consumers forget how stupid it is to buy the worst, most unreliable piece of electronics probably ever made again and over again. (A former colleague had RROD 5 times and still bought a new one).

Thats when I said to myself 2 maybe 3 games are not even remotely worth this and for me late last year the 360 was officially finished. I do not deny that there are games coming out that I want to play but I m far off better with my reliable ps3 which i can use for nearly everything I need without ever worrying if its going to die on me anytime.

So for me the ps3 has the games, it has the features (more to come, 3D, Move etc), it has a future proof design and above all it has the reliability I came to respect and expect from my console.

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zetsuei14583d ago

great article, i did enjoy reading that and made much sense too.

jack who4583d ago

yet another reason why Surveys and poll aint always right

HolyOrangeCows4583d ago (Edited 4583d ago )

The problem is, you usually get a very small, limited group. And there can easily be a minority of the overall demographic, that ends up being the majority in that small group.

ape0074583d ago (Edited 4583d ago )

some people love consoles that have more flare without knowing the potential games that gonna be released

Trroy4583d ago (Edited 4583d ago )

The table says "% of features mentioned in the 1-5 ranking". No where does it say "other features rated higher than gaming". more people find utility in the other features, is the only thing this fact states. That's kinda.. obvious.

Also note that the 1-5 ranking includes several game-related points, and fewer non-game related points. Thus, people are going to spread their 5 votes amongst more gaming options, and miss some, while almost everyone will choose "Blu-Ray capability" for at least one of their top 5, which is the top item. It gets counted as "one of the top 5", even if most people rate it as the #5 reason, just to include it.

Total BS journalism and misinterpretation of the data, with regards to the headline.

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