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  • Squander - February 14, 2014 4:05 a.m.

    The Playstation 4 will succeed over XB1 in future and here is why: It's a domino effect. There is one thing that differentiates this console generation start from all past generation-launches: the necessity of online-play and connectivity! 8 years ago, broadband and online multiplayer was just a nice addition besides many others - most games were still singleplayer. Today, nearly everyone has a decent broadband and its all about connectivity and the integration of multiplayer functions. And then there is Playstation Plus which further ties the consumer to the console. This brings me to the conclusion that IF one system manages to get a headstart in sales, it will succeed. Simply out of the fact, that friends want to play online with friends - u cannot do so if your friends have a different console than you have - so you buy the system that all the others have - and thats in most cases the PS4. So many friends of mine jumped on the Sony-bandwaggon simply out of the fact because there are not enough X1 users.. And the same will happen globally: MS will not have a chance to compete as Sony already invaded many markets that MS left out.
  • MeanwhileGuy - February 14, 2014 3:13 a.m.

    I got my PS4 last night, had to reserve it in a store 20 miles from me, that's how hard it is to get in the U.K right now. So far, loving it, and I can definitely see why it's outselling the Xbox One, it's a very well designed console that performs fantastically, and it being the cheaper of the two is the deal breaker. Plus Microsoft are forcing Kinect on people when almost no one cares about it. PS4 only needs one small microphone for things like voice commands (which, again, are easy to use). So yeah, Sony, for me have the better, cheaper console.
  • OC_Guy - February 14, 2014 12:13 a.m.

    Why is this a surprise? It took Sony forever to re-stock since they opted for a more worldwide release. I own an X1 and love it but, with all the PS fans that didn't pre order it was obvious that once Sony started getting systems into stores they would sell faster...I am literally surprised it is only 2 to 1. Expect that trend for the next few months..(.Maybe not so much in March with Titanfall) Expect PS4 to take a huge lead when released in Japan... Expect MS to close the gap with X1 significantly once it releases in the roughly 37 countries where it is absent and Sony has been for sale since November. "IF" MS lowers the price of X1 in the states expect that to help sales as well... "IF" MS matches the price of the PS4 by next Christmas expect a VERY even, drag out war of numbers.
  • GamesRadarCollanderCooper - February 13, 2014 8:13 p.m.

    I think it does matter considering that the PS4 still consistently sells out while store shelves always have at least a few Xbox Ones every time I walk into a Target or Best Buy. Imagine how much higher the PS4's sales figures would be if Sony actually kept up with demand. I may be in the minority but 1080p matters a lot to me. One of my biggest complaints last gen was about the hype being made about HD gaming, yet most games were only 720p. I personally believe that 1080p has to be the baseline requirement for any game to be considered current gen.
  • OC_Guy - February 13, 2014 11:51 p.m.

    Imagine how sales will be when MS matches the price of the PS4 (will happen probably sooner than later)..or when MS releases the X1 in the other 37 countries where PS4 is for sale right now and X1 is not.. X1 does have games that run 1080p with more on the way..PS4 has more that run in 1080p but not all do. So, I don't see your point. Sounds to me like you really should invest in a very high end gaming rig since specs seem more important than the games.
  • GamesRadarCollanderCooper - February 14, 2014 12:11 a.m.

    I may be wrong but I don't think price is a factor. Someone who's willing to spend $400 on console isn't going to balk at another $100, and if you think the Xbox One will gain traction overseas, you're in for a rude awakening. Europe spurned the Xbox 360. It practically didn't exist in Japan. America has always been Microsoft's strongest market. If it can't establish a beachhead in the US, I don't think it will ever catch up globally.
  • Eightboll812 - February 14, 2014 8:38 a.m.

    Why is it that team Xbox always has a list of excuses why PS4's are being bought (and no where on that list is "because people want a PS4")? Number #1 excuse is that it's cheaper, so presumably lower income people must be buying it. None of these excuses hold any water. First lower income people are buying up last gen. In case no one noticed X360 and PS3 are still selling handily with lower prices. Secondly, buying based on price alone usually happens when you have a choice in front of you in a store. You still rarely see PS4s on shelves, and only recently. How's that theory hold up when mid Jan Best Buy still have line-ups on Sunday for PS4's? Those people are just bargain shopping at 5am on a Sunday morning, or do you think just maybe, just possibly, they actually want a PS4 over an Xbone? It's funny you don't see too many PS4 owners saying that the only reason Xbone sold 3.5 million units is because it's $100 more and people must just be getting fooled into thinking its $100 better of a gaming system. Or that 3.5 million thought they were getting rid of their cable box, and the jokes on them for paying $100 more just to daisy chain all the same devices that they used to just plug directly into their TV. No, actually, I think 3.5 million people really wanted Xbone. On the topic of resolution, we are constantly reminded by the MS defense force that all it's going to take for games on Xbone to match the native res of PS4 is developers to get used to developing on Xbone since it takes a lot of optimization to use the ESRAM as opposed to GDDR5. Boil that down a bit and the summary goes like this...the best you will ever see, assuming all devs invest sufficient time/money into a multiplat, is Xbone matching the native res of PS4. That's the best case scenario. Worst case is still, lots of lazy devs will opt to let Xbone upscale their 720p or 900p game. So yeah, if res matters to you at all, it really is a no brainer to give the edge to PS4 on that topic. To address your other points...1) what do you think will happen when Sony releases in Japan. That will more than offset the trickle of sales MS will get in the other 37 countries. 2) What do you think will happen if Sony matches MS's price cut? The fact that we are already talking price cut is amazing to me. Doesn't that seem like a bit of a problem if you are invested in MS this gen. In fact, there has already been a price cut of sorts at Walmart. They are including a game of your choice for the $499. It's amazing that people talk about desperate moves like this (it's only _3_ months old people!) as if it's positive. MS caters to the US dude-bro market, and they aren't even winning in the US, where last gen they outsold Sony by huge margins.
  • GOD - February 13, 2014 7:40 p.m.

    I think it's interesting to note that the article you cited also stated: "both 3DS and Wii U software sales increased year-on-year, up 6 per cent and 26 per cent respectively"
  • GamesRadarCollanderCooper - February 13, 2014 8:14 p.m.

    6% of 0 is still 0
  • shawksta - February 15, 2014 3:44 p.m.

    hah
  • Crapgamer - February 13, 2014 6:50 p.m.

    I think Sony's PS4 is almost an impulse buy for people when they see it at the store. I've noticed quite a few people buy one and not buy any games for it. We also know that the Xbox One actually led in software sales for January which is quite telling. I think the fanboys will jump on "PS4 outsells Xbox One in January" and try to make something out of it. Just remember that the Xbox One is selling twice as well as the Xbox 360 in the same time, and is leading in software. Which is where the money is made. I don't think the Xbox One has to outsell the PS4 to be successful. And as I always say, console sales don't diminish or increase the fun we have with them.
  • Eightboll812 - February 13, 2014 10:32 p.m.

    Really? SMH...... Global software sales weekly Week of Jan4th PS4 564,926 XOne 489,363 Week of Jan 11th PS4 395,651 XOne 289,880 Week of Jan 18th PS4 331,814 XOne 229,401 Week of Jan 25th PS4 296,928 XOne 195,510 Week of Feb 1st PS4 445,031 XOne 239,000 Looks like week by week PS4 is outselling software as well as hardware. To date, well over a million more than Xbone. I know it's vogue for the Xbone fanboys to only try to quote sales of one region or some city where Xbone is reallllly popular and try to turn that into some sort of "victory", but really son, who are you fooling? >"We also know that the Xbox One actually led in software sales for January..." Where was that? Oh yeah, in your mom's basement, Xbone led in sales, lol. The only reason you see people buying an PS4 without games or accessories is because everyone knows you can get games cheaper online, and also with Plus, you actually get a few ~decent~ games free. Some people also have Gamefly... No need to buy a bunch of extras right away. Only if you want to. Anecdotally, you think PS4 isn't selling software, but the numbers don't lie, Sony is winning there too.
  • OC_Guy - February 14, 2014 12:01 a.m.

    So you respond to someone you think is a fan boy by acting the part of..... A fan boy? Who lives with mommy?
  • Eightboll812 - February 14, 2014 7:47 a.m.

    Fight fire with fire ;-)
  • OC_Guy - February 13, 2014 11:58 p.m.

    Not that it matters because I have already chosen X1 as my console of choice but I am curious to see what the overall sales number of both systems will be after X1 releases in the 37 countries it is not in right now where Sony has been for sale since November. I would think the X1 gets a bit of a price cut ($50?) after thanksgiving 2014 here in the US. A price drop will help sales as well... A price match to Sony's PS4 with the Kinect would be a huge selling point and MS can take the financial hit to move the systems and make money on software. Not sure if they would do that so soon though.
  • GamesRadarCollanderCooper - February 14, 2014 12:18 a.m.

    I don't think this is likely to happen at all. For Microsoft to slash the price of their console within the first year smacks of desperation. If anything, they might release the rumored version of Xbox One that doesn't include a disc drive and sell that for $400
  • gopher1369 - February 18, 2014 4:33 a.m.

    Discless, on contract (2 year Xbox Live contract, similar to mobile/cell phones), $250? Would absolutely kill Sony. Likely at all, what do you think?

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