Originally Posted by BrettXNA
Huh? How exactly did Microsoft have a chance to demolish Sony ? I mean if they couldnt demolish them in 2006 - the PS3 launched a year later than 360 at about $200 more than the 360. On top of that it was alot harder to develop for. In spite of all this it still overtook the 360 and sold more in the end.
MS never had a chance to demolish anything here - Sony has a very well designed system, as good a set of first party developers as anybody including Nintendo and they are doing excellent pr
and they have the momentum from last generation. I give them full credit for learning from the mistakes made from the PS3 launch (there were alot of them) and becoming a much more humble company in the process.
Here's the thing - AFAIK
Xbox 360 was the most profitable console.
My lazy copypaste since I am too lazy to rephrase the same thing:
Hard to find current articles as no one wants to be proclaimed the "loser" at the end of the gen; but historically Xbox360 dominated attach-rates. Information began to dry up as next-gen approached, but raw title sales numbers do fill in the picture.
Wii sold the most units but had the lowest attach rate and the lowest utilization rate, meaning lots of people bought it, became bored quickly, and stopped buying games / stopped playing.
PS3 fairs better, but having sold the bulk of it's inventory over the latter half of the cycle, and being dependent on (largely single player) 1st party titles, didn't have the revenue from consistent sales throughout to leverage their eventual sales lead over the 360. Last report, PS3 users spend more time watching Netflix than they do playing games, which is understandable considering two factors: their most popular titles are single player, one-time playthoughs, while their multiplayer network was underdeveloped and plagued with issues. Further, their sales succeses are concentrated in tertiary markets.
Xbox360 sold the fewest overall units, but had the most solid software attach throughout the lifecycle (record-setting in many periods) and the highest utilization; 360 owners bought more games and spent more time playing them than the other two. Kinect's expansion and the constant evolution of the UI entrenched the 360 as a living room centerpiece, while Xbox Live dominates multi-player due to it's being feature complete from day one.
Yes, it very much depends on how you look at it. Raw numbers saw Wii won, however the most gaming (and most gaming dollars spent) was done on Xbox360.
As to how they did they have a chance to demolish Sony? Simple - by releasing a more powerful console. If the XB1 had the hardware edge that PS4 has now, it would have been game over for Sony, at least in the US market. Wii U is not a serious competitor at this point. All IMHO, of course.
When X360 was released, it was a different market altogether, Sony with PS2 was the undisputed king of console market, now at the end of their cycles, MS took 1/3 the market away from Sony (Wii took the other 1/3) and made more money in the process.
At the same time I cant believe MS has seemingly learned nothing from a great product in the 360. MS is seemingly doing all the same things wrong now that Sony did in 2006-2007.
This is what makes things so disappointing.