Originally Posted by DoomDash
Sony is not playing catch up with MS anymore, period. They have the best exclusives every year and have had the best for the last 2-3 years, even if you look at the amount purely by the numbers. They are near passing 360 up in worldwide sales with a year later launch.
That and Vita is a great product, and the price is very good considering the specs and quality. I find it funny you guys think the phones are real comp... those are nothing more than casual crappy games, if people want real games on the go they will get a Vita.
I'm guessing most of you guys haven't had a chance to play the demo units yet... don't be surprised when you gotta clean up the drool when you do.
You may think the games are good but its what they earn from those games. The console sales are split with MS earning way more on software sales, plus xbox live generates another billion each year on top. Sony and MS don't earn much from the console hardware and actually take a loss early on.
Both the xbox and playstation are side ventures, Sony made some decent profit on the PS2. Sony vs Nintendo and Sega was easy for them, the first xbox didn't do well and Sony had it all to themselves, they earned 6 billion. MS turned around the xbox with serious advertising and getting all the devs onboard for xbox 360, establishing xbox live which really helps xbox 360's profitability.
Sony blew the 6 billion on the PS3, you should know it costs billions to launch a console. Sony as a whole are only keeping themselves above water while MS still earn billions outside of xbox gaming related things. Xbox 360 is earning a profit for a few years now but even shareholders question whether Microsoft should continue with the xbox division. They lost billions on the first, xbox 360 costs billions to launch and since 2008 they've been making money on it but it doesn't compare to what MS earn elsewhere. MS have got a few billion profit now over the whole xbox investment, not a great deal to show for 10 years though but MS have enough clout to fund another console just to keep their brand name in the public.
Does Sony really want to go against MS again with their funding and blanket advertising? If you think back just after the original xbox, the 360 was seen as another doomed console and Sony would eat it up, its actually split now meaning not much profit for either. I don't think Sony are in a position to fund a fickle console scene. Console launch is a long slog with only decent profits coming in if you dominate. With MS pushing this hard, Sony can only hope to do as well as the PS3 which really isn't good enough investment. Without the Xbox Sony would clean up and Nintendo would do their thing, unfortunately for Sony the xbox 360 has taken more than half the market profits and I don't see the next box slacking in any way.
Sony PS3 is behind in online and software (not games). Just hardware Sony can compete but when you need operating software and online to define your product they haven't got a clue and are dinosaurs in the industry.
Like I said, these are small ventures for Sony and MS, more about further brand naming, PS3/360 earn around a billion a year in software profit and MS cleverly earn another billion on top with Live. Both are under threat as the work involved to keep relevant and cost of launching plus the oncoming threat of software and online truly taking over with cloud gaming in 5-10 years. MS have a new battle ahead against other upcoming tech. I just don't see Sony competing and only using their games library to earn some small money if they don't sell the whole lot.
if Sony and economy starts picking then Sony can easily risk another console but Sony really have to get the Software angle that MS and Apple dominate.Edited by routek - 2/5/12 at 8:24am