Sunday, March 4th 2007

Analyst view: Sony de-throned, Nintendo crowned in console wars

While Sony has seemed to have market dominance in the console wars ever since the PS1, times have certainly changed. Analysts at a company called "IDC" predicted exactly how the market would come out. They claimed that Sony would have the least sales of the three companies in the console market, Microsoft would ride high sales from the start, and Nintendo would have the best thing, due to innovation instead of going head-to-head with the hardware specs. IDC then goes on to predict that Nintendo will maintain those high sales well into 2008. After that, the future is uncertain, and Microsoft may become the winner of this generation of console wars.Source: Nordic Hardware
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80 Comments on Analyst view: Sony de-throned, Nintendo crowned in console wars

#1
jocksteeluk
the reason Sony is in a current decline is because they are trying to create a "prestige" in the games industry when all gamers want is fun, with the current strategy they have adopted since the success of the ps2 i am glad they are in a current decline.
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#3
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Sony will regain the crown. All they need to do is drop about 100 to 200 bucks off he console and they will be good to go.
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#4
Rodster
by: WarEagleAU
Sony will regain the crown. All they need to do is drop about 100 to 200 bucks off he console and they will be good to go.
Agreed
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#5
Dippyskoodlez
by: WarEagleAU
Sony will regain the crown. All they need to do is drop about 100 to 200 bucks off he console and they will be good to go.
As their profit margin takes an even bigger nose dive off the cliff it already fell down. :laugh:
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#6
Scavar
The reality is though, even with the sales so low on the PS3, the PS2 still out sold all the consoles last year, and is currently still leading I believe.

Sony isn't dying, or even hurting that much because of a loss of sales on the PS3. Come the first price drop and a larger inventory of the games, the PS3 will likely pick up. Even if Sony isn't the king, I don't think anyone is going to be the small fry.
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#7
KennyT772
also don't forget the fact alot of ps3s are being purchased for blue ray players not just gaming consoles. if blue ray takes off bigtime ps3s might be the best choice for a player considering the extras it has.
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#8
ktr
How long will the Wii last? lack of next gen graphics and games to utilize that next gen controller to a higher potential with out sucking will reduce the Wii's lifespan, I have to say the 360 has the best potential with HD content and IPTV, in conjunction with good graphics and a promising upcoming games.
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#9
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
Odd, I could have sworn that Sony had the top spot in sales this past holiday season...
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#10
magibeg
Well even if the ps3 sucks as long as bluray takes off sony will be happy.
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#11
zekrahminator
McLovin
by: newtekie1
Odd, I could have sworn that Sony had the top spot in sales this past holiday season...
Yes, for the PS2, but I think this is about the current generation of consoles :). You have to admit that the PS3 has been kinda trailing in sales lately.
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#12
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
Well I find it odd that they attribute the "win" to the innovation of the console, yet a console from last generation outsold it. I think the only reason the Wii is outselling the other 2 next gen systems is price and price alone.
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#13
Scavar
The PS3 has been trailing in sales, I will tell you what though, at the first price drop, or if I happen to get a better TV, I will be getting one, along with the HD-DVD player for the Xbox360.

And I think thats true for a lot of people. At this point in time, its just more of a waiting game.


It's also true about the Wii, how long will it last?
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#14
zekrahminator
McLovin
Probably....but I don't think prices for any of the consoles are going to change anytime soon.
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#15
ktr
by: zekrahminator
Probably....but I don't think prices for any of the consoles are going to change anytime soon.
i have read (in this forum i think) that the Wii's will drop to 200, and come with 5-6 new colors...and a new version of the 360 will come out soon, but the price is gonna increase around 650?...
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#16
Keiki
Thing is that the Wii targets a different market than Xbox 360 and the Playstation. I doubt games like Grand Theft Auto will come out for the Wii simply because a lot of kids will play the Wii and the older, more serious gamers will go buy a 360 or PS3. The Wii was fun for a while but the controller is a gimmick and won't last very long.

As for 360 and PS3, who knows, if Sony can have more decent games and as everyone says, drop a few hundred bucks on the price then they still have a shot. Yes, they'll lose money because the PS3 costs more to make than to sell but don't forget that PS3's are blu-ray machines and they will make it all back if they win the format war (assuming the hard drive doesn't crush HD-DVD and blu-ray which it probably will). Just my 2 cents.
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#17
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
by: Keiki
The Wii was fun for a while but the controller is a gimmick and won't last very long.
Exactly why I sold my Wii.
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#18
hotrippr
Serious gamers use a mouse and keyboard.:D
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#19
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
Serious First Person Shooter and Real Time Strategy gamers use a keyboard and mouse, there are better controllers for other game types. Controllers work better than keyboard and mouse in Racing and Sports games.
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#20
hotrippr
Logitech rumblepad=$$
Xbox360, PS3=$$$
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#21
C.Ash
by: Keiki
The Wii was fun for a while but the controller is a gimmick and won't last very long.
Could not have said it better myself.

The controller is fun for exactly the ammount of time that it amazes u because its new and different. Once u get used to it and the excitement of holding it goes away (Wich dosent take more than a week), there is nothing left because it has no precision and its not fun to use it at all.
Nintendo knows this, wich is why they have only been able to make stupid mini-games that use the wii-mote to it's fullest. REAL games like Zelda are much more fun with a controller and its harder to get through the game with the wii-mote.

A gimmic, exactly.
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#22
C.Ash
by: newtekie1
Serious First Person Shooter and Real Time Strategy gamers use a keyboard and mouse, there are better controllers for other game types. Controllers work better than keyboard and mouse in Racing and Sports games.
And then what do u use? The D-pad.. wich is the equivalent of the arrow keys.

Controllers are excellent for platformers because of their analog sticks.
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#23
ryboto
by: newtekie1
Exactly why I sold my Wii.
you're the first one I've heard of doing that.....if it were a gimmick, I don't think it would be able to help the console consistently sell as well as it has. it's fun, and I'd buy one if i weren't in school.
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#24
hotrippr
Wii is a different market, it is more of an inbetween crowd. Inbetween as in I want to play but I dont want to play like or look like all the geeks. And they want to play as a crowd and socialize, without being too nerdy. Also parents like it for kids to get off their ass...until they figure out that they dont need to get off their asses.

I like the Wii for sports, and franchise games like Zelda, Metroid etc. Then use the PC for all else. I wonder if Xbox will ever morph into a PC, it basically is, but they should have threw in a keyboard and mouse. I would like to see more sports games like Tigerwoods due out soon. I have had the Wii for a while and still play regularly. Its like that cereal... Wii is for the kid in me and PC for the whole grain goodness.
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#25
Joshmcmillan
I think a Wii is by far the best choice of the 3. Wii is cheap and fun. Although it doesn't have a lot of games right now, either does any other console that has just been released. Plus it has Zelda twilight princess which can hardly be called not having any good games. As for graphics although it doesn't have eye stunning graphics like the ps3 and 360, you don't really look at the screen and think how awful the graphics are, as well know one has seen what type of potential in terms of graphics the wii has because no games have fully exploited the wii's hardware. The wii is closest to being as good as a pc's controls because with the wiimote it's just like the mouse except you point rather then slide which gives an extra feel to shooting someone. And yes there is games they would be bad with the wiimote and in case you don't know you can attach a nun chuck to the mote which has an analog stick and then it's basically like using a normal controller except you have more freedom in how you hold it. I think basically all games on xbox and playstation you can get on computer, besides a minute few, and for everything els, there's wii.
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