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  • Trollkitten - April 21, 2014 6:21 p.m.

    Why is it calle "console war" when it's the fans that cause most of the casualties?
  • Pruman - April 21, 2014 5:57 a.m.

    Good. I have no dog in this hunt, and I have issues rooting for Sony given their past crimes, but I'm pulling for them anyway. Microsoft needs to learn the same lesson that Sony did last gen if they want to have any hope of continuing in the console business.
  • Eightboll812 - April 19, 2014 12:56 p.m.

    Henry, a well thought out article. I can tell you've kept pulse on the bleatings of the Internets, because you address all the common points people make, such as "It's available in fewer countries...." Comes across very fair and balanced, even if the sales aren't balanced.
  • SnakeinmyBoot - April 18, 2014 11:41 p.m.

    MS was completely foolish to rely on the kinect. We all know most developers won't spend the effort trying to bring out any merits the peripheral has. Now they are in trouble since they've earned the scorn of every potential customer with the DRM snafu and only brought a few back with its reversal, and they've concentrated too much hardware resources into the kinect and the TV functionality, while being more expensive than the PS4, which can outperform it. The 360 was popular because it was easy to develop for compared to the PS3's more powerful cell architecture. The PS4 and Xbone are practically the same except for one having slightly more horsepower than the other. MS's one trump card is one they used last gen: buying exclusives, timed or not. Now that the entirety of Sony is hurting for cash despite the PS4s success, they might not be able to out bid MS on exclusivity rights to either full games or DLC. Ms just needs to pick winners, not $60 online multiplayer only FPSes. The new consoles are outselling their older brethren because the last gen dragged on for too long. It was stagnating both it the tech level and in the amount of quality titles coming out. Developers and gamers were concentrating on PC and mobile titles since the tech was getting better on those fronts. Now we got new consoles so that side of the game economy can evolve to catch up with the rest of the market. It's just sad that, with the current world economy and the rising costs of game development, the new generation didn't make as much of a technical leap as previous generations, and this generation might start to stagnate faster than the last one. Between hardware makers stating just systems shipped to retailers and the fact the it doesn't count digital sales, NPD reports a getting as reputable as the guys on the subway wearing foil hats passing out "They are among us!!" flyers. MS (with its current lack of judgement above drunk's) might have almost sold as much in the US as they shipped but just didn't like that number, so they did the usual thing companies do to boost numbers, pick the bigger one between two extremely similar stats. The NPD is another organization falling behind the times that can catch up just by OPENING their eyes. In my opinion the Wii U is still the best option for this gen's console, especially if you have or plan on getting a PC for games. The fact that multiplatform is the way to go these days along with both newer systems being x86-64 based, the Wii U is the only unique console with it's own line of exclusives. Most titles will be on PS4, XB , and PC. Sure the PS4 and XB have some exclusives, but the currently announced and released ones look lackluster to me. Everything that looks interesting is either coming to PC and maybe also the powerhouse consoles or to the Wii U, or all of them. When I get the spending money, I'm not spending it on either of those weak PCs with custom OSes. It will either be on my aging gaming PC or on a Wii U. The only thing the I can see changing that is something like FFXV bringing the series back from the grave.
  • LordZarlon - April 18, 2014 5:19 p.m.

    We'd be in a much different world if Nintendo had a stronger launch lineup. When are they going to learn?
  • shawksta - April 19, 2014 12:33 a.m.

    Nobody will ever learn, there hasnt been an actual good launch since i dont know. Not the 3DS, not the Xbone,PS4, nor Wii U
  • Vonter - April 19, 2014 3:49 p.m.

    Yeah and that Sony portable that its and its not dead. I think it's name had to do with life or something like that.
  • Jackonomics2.0 - April 18, 2014 4:31 p.m.

    Nintendo needs a boost by dropping their stupid Youtube policy, just get Pewdiepie or smosh or anyone to play your games and they'll get a bunch of neanderthals to get one. Its the same reason flappy bird even became relevant. Because high profile youtubers brought their attention to people.
  • universaltofu - April 18, 2014 5 p.m.

    That's quite a theory... a GAME theory ;p
  • SnakeinmyBoot - April 18, 2014 10:46 p.m.

    I think they've relaxed somewhat. I think Chuggaaconroy is still kosher in Ninty's eyes, or they're ignoring him because taking action would cause a massive fan fallout. It would be nice, though, if some publishers would strike deals with YouTube channels to do honest(read: not bribed to praise the game) let's plays of newer games to get more publicity for it. But what every publisher with that mindset of "game footage shared online means lost profits" needs to realize is that if enough people would rather ONLY experience their game by watching someone else play it and and their own commentary to it, then the have failed as game designers. I know the only way I've ever enjoyed FFXIII is with Spoony's absolutely mauling review of the game. His other FF reviews are also quite negative, but that actually added some entertainment to games that I liked and already played to death. There will always be people who would never buy a certain game, but there are people that, after seeing it being played by a real-life non-corporate tagline spouting robot, will run out to buy it as soon as they can, sometimes even if the commentator hates the game and make it known to the viewer.
  • universaltofu - April 19, 2014 11:43 a.m.

    I do think gamexplain does a good job though in generating interest for Nintendo games.
  • GamesRadarCollanderCooper - April 18, 2014 4:28 p.m.

    I doubt Microsoft hasn't sold more than 5 million Xbox Ones yet. I don't know why they don't update their sales figures.
  • ollyn - April 18, 2014 7:17 p.m.

    They did yesterday saying they'd shipped over 5 million. So Microsoft have sold more than 5 million. Whether their entail partners have is a different question.
  • ollyn - April 18, 2014 7:19 p.m.

    Entail=retail
  • Outofmanyone - April 18, 2014 3:26 p.m.

    The PS4 is a great system and I'm glad it's selling well. The controller feels great and the interface is very snappy; with that being said, I haven't turned mine on in a few months. I have so many games on the PS3, Vita, 3DS, Wii U and PC that I have no need to. Down the road I'll pick up MGSV and Infamous but I have such a backlog--as I'm sure many others do--that I'll wait for a price drop for those games or until FFXV is released:)
  • Divine Paladin - April 18, 2014 2:28 p.m.

    It's rare that Sony specifies "sold" rather than "sold*" (*to retailers, AKA shipped). The fact that they did so and that Microsoft had to specify shipped shows the gap between the two right now. And here I was, thinking Sony's big announcement was really just shipped units. 2 million units behind isn't a huge gap for the modern era though, so Microsoft can always come back. How else would the PS3 have surpassed the 360 with a year's difference? Nintendo finally hitting 6 million is good news too. Not great, but it's comparable to the 360's first year, which is acceptable. There'll be room to improve when the big hitters start coming.
  • TokenGamesRadarFurry - April 18, 2014 2:12 p.m.

    Wow, they REALLY need to incorporate digital sales into these numbers.
  • Shigeruken - April 18, 2014 4:57 p.m.

    Absolutely. People have been given the impression that PC gaming is dead for years because digital sales are seldom reported, and there's no reliable way to monitor the increase in self-built configurations.

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