The Eighth Generation Console Wars
An anonymous reader on Slashdot writes,
"Now that both Sony and Microsoft have announced their next-gen consoles, and we’ve gotten solid information about their hardware, technology, and features, Eurogamer asks whether Nintendo’s struggling Wii U will be able to hold its own once the new competition arrives. ‘Wii U has tanked — there’s no other way to put it — with even the release of traditional big-hitters like Dragon Quest 10 failing to make a dent in the Japanese market. If you believe certain analysts, April saw things getting even worse in the U.S. with the Wii U shifting under 40,000 units, easily outsold by the 360 and PS3 — and, even more embarrassingly, the Wii.’ If the Wii U doesn’t see a miraculous turnaround, Nintendo may be left with the difficult choice of whether to port its software to competing consoles. It’ll also serve as a bellwether to see if the big gamer complaint about the new Sony and Microsoft consoles — that they’re only partly about games — is honest. ‘At a time when the goal of its competitors is to own the living room, the extent of Nintendo’s ambition is simply to be in it — a dedicated games console, and no more.’"
Things looking pretty grim for Nintendo in the home console arena. On the bright side, their handheld sector is doing fantastically now, so all those doomers and gloomers saying, “Nintendo will have no choice but to go third party,” are pretty much ousting themselves as complete and total morons. Nintendo aren’t going anywhere. They are nowhere close to dead. They are still making bank — that their console isn’t selling as well as they’d hoped does not spell the deathknell for them, as they still make a profit once the owner of a Wii U buys one game, and chances are, if you bought a Wii U, you bought a game for it. ;)
They’ll make it through this off of their exclusives. That’s all they need, and getting them is assured. They will “fail” in that they will probably get last place this console generation in sales, but as long as they made a profit, does it realling count as a “failure?”
No. Of course it doesn’t.
People said the same thing about the PSP (outside of Japan anyway), yet, because it made a nice profit for Sony, they released a successor, the PS Vita. It too looks gloomy in sales, but it too has been profitable for Sony (though not as much as they would have liked). So, likewise, Sony’s computer entertainment / PlayStation division will also not be going anywhere anytime soon.
In fact, the only company I see that may be failing hard in their video game sector is Microsoft. The people have spoken: the Xbox One is a joke. I haven’t met a gamer yet that actually plans on purchasing one. Microsoft has revealed itself to be incredibly anti-consumer, and that will surely hurt them big time.
Personally, I’ll be getting a PS4 and Wii U at some point, along with sticking to my Vita and 3DS as my handheld platforms of choice, and the ever-present PC for non-console-exclusive titles and virtual reality experiences. I’ll also be dabbling with Android as a platform with the NVIDIA SHIELD, which I pre-ordered shortly after it was possible to do so; it will be replacing my aging iPod Touch for my general entertainment and mobile productivity needs.
What are you guys’ thoughts on all of this? What say you about the upcoming console war? One thing’s for sure: it’s gonna be mighty interesting to see what new and exciting experiences spring forth, dont’tcha think?