Originally Posted by DaGamePimp
Not really , you are overlooking a common aspect of gaming ... impulse buying . While some might not be able to buy a PS3 @ $400 at any given moment they do have enough dough to grab a $50-$60 game fairly often (probably at least once a month) . Some people just have a hard time saving money but that does not mean they are not hardcore gamers
. I am hardcore by your absolute definition but those same friends of mine that are waiting for a PS3 price drop buy more 360 games than I do . I hardly think MS or Sony don't care about gamers that only buy a handful of games per year as they are more than likely the majority .
I do agree that there can be different definitions of 'hardcore' however
I'm still not with you, Pimp. My hypothesis is there are very few gamers that will have high attach rates (my definition of "hardcore") that have yet to buy either a PS3 or a 360 (no, I don't consider the Wii next-gen).
I'm not talking about people that have already made the jump into next-gen and have yet to purchase the other console, because there will be very few people that own both a 360 and PS3 at this point.
I'm talking about the people sitting out there with 180's and PS2's still on the sidelines. I just don't believe that when and if these individuals purchase a 360 or PS3 that they will buy very many software titles, not at $60 a pop.
But to your impulse buy argument, if you've got upwards of $720/yr to spend on titles alone ($60 x 12), not counting any dlc or accessories, then I have a hard time accepting you don't have the money for either a PS3 or a 360. I mean, you can finance it interest-free @ BB or CC anywhere from 6-18 months depending on the current promo if you had to. And if you're "hardcore" wouldn't you do that?
That being said, it's interesting that 3 of the top 10 best selling s/w titles of last year were PS2 games, so maybe I'm wrong:
Best Selling Software of 2007 (NPD data)
1. Halo 3 (Xbox 360) -- 4.82 million
2. Wii Play w/ remote (Wii) -- 4.12 million
3. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Xbox 360) -- 3.04 million
4. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (PlayStation 2) -- 2.72 million
5. Super Mario Galaxy (Wii) -- 2.52 million
6. Pokemon Diamond (Nintendo DS) -- 2.48 million
7. Madden NFL 08 (PlayStation 2) -- 1.90 million
8. Guitar Hero 2 (PlayStation 2) -- 1.89 million
9. Assassin's Creed (Xbox 360) -- 1.87 million
10. Mario Party 8 (Wii) -- 1.82 million
Interesting though how the 360 totals out of this top 10 list (9.73M) dwarf the PS2 (6.51M) given the relative install bases.