Sony has made all the right moves with the PlayStation 4 thus far, and the PlayStation brand is the strongest of the big 3 when considering all time console sales.
There’s little for me to comment on regarding Sony’s future in the gaming industry. Their $380 million dollar purchase of Gaikai, and upcoming features such as SharePlay on PS4 shows their future in the gaming industry is in the clouds. For Sony, PlayStation will be a service rather than a device per say. That is not to say we won’t have PlayStation consoles, because we most certainly will as technology advances, but ultimately most PlayStation gamers will spend just as much time gaming from non-PlayStation devices (HDTVs, Phones, Tablets, Laptops, etc...) as they will on dedicated PlayStation hardware.
Hardware-wise Sony is the only one of the big three who shouldn’t change. The “PlayStation 5” should stick to the unique offerings of a console, but like the PlayStation 4 should be founded in traditional PC hardware to allow easier porting between the 3 platforms. A multi-core high end AMD CPU + high end AMD GPU, turned APU backed by high-end RAM should keep the PlayStation brand competitive each generation. The sole reason PlayStation hardware will continue to exist outside of being a big profit for Sony via hardware and software, is because technology advances much faster than internet speeds. Streaming full games in 1080p is demanding enough, but what happens when the PS4‘s successor ask to stream 4k content in households? Most homes just aren’t ready for that, and until the average internet speed in the majority of households exceeds 25 Mbps for single homes or 100 Mbps for families we will always need PlayStation hardware.
There’s so little to say about Sony in this 3 platform future, because they’ve pretty much secured their future already, and for this generation they’re the leader in hardware. So to wrap things up I’ll go over the full benefits of what each console in my 3 platform future brings to the table and what they bring as a whole.
Sales average per platform (excludes current platforms):
The one semi-trustful part of VGChartz
Nintendo = 118.7 per handheld (The success of the DS pushed Nintendo’s handhelds back to the number 1 gaming brand, but 3DS vs. PS4 will determine if Nintendo and Sony switch places once again.)
PlayStation = 115.5m per console (PS2 best selling console of all time, even without it PS averages 94m per consoles, and with the PS3 still selling that number will continue to rise)
Xbox = 54m per console (not bad for the newcomer, but needs one more generation under it’s belt to get a concrete average, although XBO seems like it might sale around that average)
Nintendo = 53.8m per console (The Wii’s success seriously saved Nintendo’s numbers or else it would have been 41.75m)
This data proves that if Nintendo and Xbox want to catch up to the success of the PlayStation brand they have to change their home console business strategy. The PlayStation brand as a console is the most successful and only needs to improve upon what it has accomplished each generation to stay ahead.
Nintendo’s success is easy to see, it’s completely in their handheld division, which is why the N-Fusion device makes complete sense. The home console business averages less than half the PlayStation division, and even the Xbox division has surpassed it on average. Focusing on a fusion device eliminates the alienation of their audience, and puts Nintendo’s entire workforce on maximizing the potential of one wildly successful platform.
Xbox on the other hand has to try completely different tactics. The Xbox 360 and PS3 had nearly identical game libraries, the PS4 and XBO are nearly identical consoles, and on a worldwide scale Sony is going to win. This is why I believe that making PC gaming accessible to everyone is an area Xbox can dominate on their own with no real competition besides PC gamers making their own gaming PC. Their 50+ million users will continue to support the brand as long as it’s extremely familiar with their current Xbox offerings, and not full on PC, and at the same time PC gamers who often game on low-end rigs have an option to simply buy a PConsole and be set for every 6 years.
Together this will lead to 3 very different, but 3 very healthy and still competitive gaming options. Gamers will only need to purchase 3 platforms and have access to everything instead of purchasing a PlayStation console, PlayStation handheld, Nintendo console, Nintendo handheld, Xbox, and Gaming PC for the same results and saving traditional multi-console gamers hundreds of dollars.
A one console future is a golden utopia that multi-console owners wish for where Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft can join forces and create the ultimate home console. That’s not going to happen, but this is the closest thing to giving gamers that future. PlayStation and Xbox gamers may be able to play with and against one another for the first time, with MS taking a stronger direction towards PC gaming, and Sony already willing to play fair with PC, and could ultimately allow you to play with your friends regardless of what platform you own via multiplatform games.
The greatest reason I can think of for this 3 platform future is simply “One console, One focus”. Microsoft doesn’t really have this issue, but Sony and Nintendo would benefit from it the most. Their first and 2nd parties can focus all their efforts maximizing one platform instead of splitting teams up among 2 / 3 different platforms. First party abundance would be extremely healthy among those 2 platforms, and in the case of Microsoft going PConsole means they scoop up exclusives that are normally PC only titles. Gaming will be healthier than its ever been, and all 3 platforms will thrive with exclusives, and multiplatform support.
Is a 3 platform future the kind of future you want, or do you still want consoles from the big 3 + handhelds from the big 3 (if Xbox ever enters) = a gaming PC. If you’re normally a single console owner, would you be willing to be a multi-console owner for the first time? Once again let me know what you think and how you feel in the comments.
PS5 is all about the controller upgrade, oh and great hardware as usual.
Simple design, great POWAH!!!!!
What will 5 look like?
3 Platform Future FTW
Add PC to the mix, and this current 6 platform has to go IMO.
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