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"The thing is neither of these new generation console flagships is selling very well when compared with previous generations of flagship consoles. The console market appears to be shrinking significantly — and that’s evidently having a knock-on impact on games studios and game development."



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I blame tablets and smartphones. I know the kids in my house are easily entertained and don't care for quality graphics. They would rather have fun instead of eye candy.
 
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Not enough incentive to get new consoles..people are still on the 360, cod ghosts is on 360, gta v is on 360. What's the point of getting a new console for these people. They don't care about graphics
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I call shenanigans!!

http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2014/02/19/ps4-sales-outpace-all-previous-playstation-launches/
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The expensive PS3 sold just 5.5 million units by the 10 month marker, compared to the PS4′s 5.3 million after three.

http://www.examiner.com/article/microsoft-xbox-one-selling-2-29-times-faster-than-xbox-360-did-at-its-launch
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With market research firm NPD Group’s industry report for January, Microsoft has revealed that in the three month following the Xbox One launch the next-gen console has sold more than twice as fast as the Xbox 360 did when it launched in November 2005, according to a report today from VG 24/7.

Commenting on the NPD Group report today on the Xbox Wire, Microsoft said that in the same three-month post-launch period they sold 2.29 times as many Xbox One units as the Xbox 360 did when it launched.
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Still it's a shame that there just aren't that many games coming out in general anymore. There are the smaller indie titles but you don't really see the buildup of a healthy library for these systems like you would have for the 360 or PS3 after a year or two.
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It's not surprising. There's nothing this time around that stands out enough to make me feel like I can't live without it.

The gaming community is too divided now. PC has made a decent comeback since late 2011, then we have two consoles from 3 different manufactures. Too much choice and not enough substantial difference between them for the majority to care.

Console gaming peaked in 2010. Since then, it's all been blah.

On top of that, these dang phones are pretty strong gaming units for many too. I think the best thing is to stop making games for the 360/PS3. No more GOW, COD, Halo ect on the old hardware. Move forward and make exclusives for the big 3....PC, PS4 and X1.
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"The thing is neither of these new generation console flagships is selling very well when compared with previous generations of flagship consoles. The console market appears to be shrinking significantly — and that’s evidently having a knock-on impact on games studios and game development."



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Sounds like the article writer didn't bother with research.
    
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1. Clickbait.

2. The console market should collapse after producing nothing new in nearly ten years.

3. The videogame industry, in almost every area, has only continued to grow for the last... 30 years. I don't see that trend changing.
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new consoles arent selling that well because they are still producing new titles for the older systems. as soon as they stop releasing new titles for the old hardware, more people will switch over.
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I don't think it's as bad as the source claims it is. If it were as bad then the PS4 wouldn't have been sold out literally dozens of times on Amazon. At one point they said "We're getting more in stock January 9th", so they were allowing you to pre-order one so you could have it shipped to you when they had them in stock. Then it got pushed back to the 11th. Then the 14th. THEN the 19th, and this all happened in a matter of three days. Eventually Amazon later said "we don't have them in stock". They were pre-ordered so much, the stock they were going to get was already accounted for, and they were out of stock....AGAIN, in a matter of three days. The only "problem" is there aren't a lot of games out for the new consoles. You'd think that eight generations or so would have taught these companies to provide more games at the launch of a new console......guess not.

Honestly, I wish people would stop buying poorly-made games so developers and publishers of said game would lose money and learn the hard way how to develop better games, and other devs & publishers could learn from their mistakes and not put out such crap (I'm talking to you BF4) at launch.
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