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The source doesn't allow comments. If it did, I'd be there bashing the stupidity of the author. This is a factually incorrect article with an extremely narrow scope, written for the sole purpose of distorting reality. The reality is- this article is complete utter lies & trash since the newest generation consoles are selling faster than their predecessors. PS4 sales just hit 6 million after 4 months.
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Originally Posted by icanhasburgers View Post


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

Here's my take on it: What Sony and MS sell is reported, but what's reported in this article is actual use/activated consoles. There may be stockpiles of consoles waiting for consumers to buy and activate. The same is true for, let's say, Windows 8. Licenses sold doesn't equal what's actually active on everyone's computers. Just something to think about. smile.gif
Edited by MacG32 - 3/9/14 at 12:43pm
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There is still a very limited gaming selection available for either platform, which in my mind goes pretty far to explain lackluster sales. I'm especially disappointed with MS, since the XB1's hardware and software environment is so similar to a standard Win8 PC they literally should of had hundreds of Indie games available at launch. I know MS is pushing Unity as the Indie development platform, but would it really have been difficult to create a tool to port XNA projects so that all existing XBL 360 games would only require minor tweaking to work on the XB1? Also I remember hearing about how XB1 would support Metro Apps, granted most of those are casual games designed for a touch screen but would it be that difficult to have the XB1 controller emulate a mouse and provide the touch input?
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I think this writer is confusing the death of giant mortar and brick stores deaths with other industries.

I can definitely understand that things have been quieter since their respective launches, but I think it's because everyone is just ordering from online.

When I have walked into bestbuy since launch for these things, I haven't seen that much hype or advertising...

I dunno, maybe I'm just older now and I'm not looking for it, so I don't notice all the marketing and hype... *shrug*
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Quote:
Originally Posted by MacG32 View Post


Here's my take on it: What Sony and MS sell are reported, but what's reported in this article is actual use/activated consoles. There may be stockpiles of consoles waiting for consumers to buy and activate. The same is true for, let's say, Windows 8. Licenses sold doesn't equal what's actually active on everyone's computers. Just something to think about. smile.gif

But what is the sales data for previous console sales the article is using? Also manufacturer reported sales? You can't pick and choose to attempt to distort the reality and try to prove that casual gaming is dying.

Now I am not trying to defend consoles or what have you. But reality is quite simple, the success of "easy fun" titles like COD have tremendously affected the gaming playground. Game studios are dropping off the map because the majority of casual gamers are content with a couple huge blockbuster a year.

Gaming is no longer just a kids sport. In the 90's when I was a kid, I didnt know any adults who gamed. All the "kids" I gamed with are now adults who continue to game in their spare time. Most of these adults only have time to settle for a few games a year.

That said, the overall demographic or volume of gamers is continuing to increase. Gaming industry will continue to increase in overall revenue + sales, however the wealth may not be as widely distributed.
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Sad "article" by a dude that does not know a thing about videogames
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I think this article is full of nonsense. They showed the sales of Jan and they were less total than the last set of consoles, but what is not talking about it the fact that both consoles sold over a million consoles their very first day unlike the last generation that took several weeks to even hit that point. Console gaming from the actual total sold numbers is doing the best it has ever done, the numbers would also be a lot better if the wii-u released a slightly stronger system with a better name and did actual marketing.
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i wonder what the numbers are for PC. if console is going down, and PC is going up, no problem.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Zaid View Post

i wonder what the numbers are for PC. if console is going down, and PC is going up, no problem.

The Steam userbase grew by ten million users in the last three months.

http://www.computerandvideogames.com/445459/steams-active-user-base-grows-to-75-million-over-holiday-2013/
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But what is the sales data for previous console sales the article is using? Also manufacturer reported sales? You can't pick and choose to attempt to distort the reality and try to prove that casual gaming is dying.

Now I am not trying to defend consoles or what have you. But reality is quite simple, the success of "easy fun" titles like COD have tremendously affected the gaming playground. Game studios are dropping off the map because the majority of casual gamers are content with a couple huge blockbuster a year.

Gaming is no longer just a kids sport. In the 90's when I was a kid, I didnt know any adults who gamed. All the "kids" I gamed with are now adults who continue to game in their spare time. Most of these adults only have time to settle for a few games a year.

That said, the overall demographic or volume of gamers is continuing to increase. Gaming industry will continue to increase in overall revenue + sales, however the wealth may not be as widely distributed.

North American console sales data leaked by market researcher NPD. PS4 is close to 6 million total (worldwide), but in NA, that number is significantly less. We have maybe 260+/- million people in NA, so even if the 6 million were only sold in NA alone, that number is very, very low.

I have a 360 and have never considered either next gen, as my PC walks all over them combined. wink.gif
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