Next Xbox, PS4 already have a leg up on Wii U

GameSpot survey reveals level of interest in upcoming systems as well as what features are most important.

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Only 13 percent of surveyed GameSpotters think they'll buy Nintendo's next console, but unannounced next-gen systems from Microsoft and Sony top Wii U in purchase intent by a nearly 3:1 margin.

Nintendo has revealed next to nothing about the Wii U outside of its tablet-like controller. But as far as gamers are concerned, it may have been better for the Mario maker if it had shown nothing at all.

Nintendo still has a way to go to sell gamers on the Wii U.

Last month, GameSpot Trax surveyed 2,546 readers randomly pulled from around the world about the next generation of gaming consoles, and the results provide a new perspective on where the combatants stand in the earliest stages of the next salvo in the console wars. Only 13 percent of the respondents said they were likely to buy the Wii U, compared to 36 percent who were on board for the next-generation Xbox, and 34 percent who believed they would pick up Sony's next PlayStation console. The numbers are a little shocking, given that systems hitting shelves this year--or next, or the year after that--with zero confirmed information to speak of, would nearly triple the gamer purchase intent for a new Nintendo console with concrete details confirmed for 2012.

Perhaps that shouldn't be so surprising. When a company has said nothing about its next console, it still has the possibility of being everything to everyone. It could still produce real-time graphics on par with the latest computer-animated blockbuster movie, have a launch lineup with all the company's biggest hits, sell for under $200, and socially cloud stream 3D apps in full HD. The sky is the limit.

Despite that, gamers seem to know that what they want in the next generation of consoles and what they'll get are two different things. Take a look at the results from two questions in the GameSpot user survey. For comparison's sake, the answers to the question of what features respondents expected from the new systems are listed in the order of their importance to those same gamers.

Next-gen console feature--percent of respondents saying it is "very important" or "somewhat important"
Backward compatibility--83%
Better graphics--80%
Ability to download full games--49%
Better integration of motion controls--32%
Streaming games--29%
Integration with other platforms/mobile devices--27%
3D compatible--26%
Better social integration (XBL/PSN, Twitter, Facebook, etc.)--26%
Touch-driven (tablet/iPad) interfaces--18%

Next-gen console feature--percent of respondents saying it is likely to be in the next generation of consoles
Backward compatibility--24%
Better graphics--74%
Ability to download full games--55%
Better integration of motion controls--38%
Streaming games--28%
Integration with other platforms/mobile devices--23%
3D compatible--42%
Better social integration (XBL/PSN, Twitter, Facebook, etc.)--46%
Touch-driven (tablet/iPad) interfaces--21%

Notice something there? With 84 percent of survey takers calling for it, backward compatibility was the most important feature of all, but less than a quarter of respondents actually believed it likely to be a feature in the coming console generation. (Nintendo has already said the Wii U will be backward compatible with Wii controllers and games.) Gamers' desires and expectations matched up more closely with features like better graphics and downloadable games, but a handful of features were more broadly expected than desired. Only 26 percent of gamers considered better social integration to be an important bullet point, but 46 percent believed it would be present anyway. 3D compatibility was another feature that gamers have come to expect (42 percent), even if it isn't one they necessarily think is crucial, as only 26 percent considered it important.

All of this generation's systems were backward compatible (at least initially), but gamers don't think the next generation will follow suit.

It's telling that gamers largely agree on backward compatibility as an important feature, but don't perceive the console makers as being interested in providing them with it. It's tough to blame them. In the last six years, the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 have undergone a metamorphosis from game systems to all-encompassing media smorgasbords for people to stream music, read comics, post to Twitter and Facebook, check out the latest TV shows and movies, and catch up on the day's news. Meanwhile, Nintendo has gone from a company catering to console connoisseurs with Mario and Zelda to a mainstream powerhouse that boasted bathroom scales and minigame collections among its industry-shaping hits.

It's becoming clear that console makers are chasing mainstream audiences now, and the core gamer demographic that used to be catered to is starting to feel a little left behind. The interesting part now will come when we see how successful these companies are in chasing after a diverse and fickle general audience, and just how much of the core gamer demographic will stick around to find out.

Discussion

669 comments
UnbornCorpser
UnbornCorpser

Didn't they say the new Xbox & new PS won't have backwards compatibility? In any case with how Sony is screwing up constantly on everything they do especially online I skipping their so called "Next Gen". And how Microsoft is going straight for Kinect friendly everything I'm going to be dodging that one as well. So the only one that is worth getting (In my opinion) is the Wii.

keldarironfist
keldarironfist

So f*cking true: "It's telling that gamers largely agree on backward compatibility as an important feature, but don't perceive the console makers as being interested in providing them with it." Ya no sh*t, DLC brotasticness is "da future", that and casual crap. My hobby is dead.

Utahraptor_
Utahraptor_

Yep, I'm one of those people who are more interested in the X720 and the PS4 than the Wii U.

deathstream
deathstream

WHere is the 360 Slim in that picture?  Bias.

vault-boy
vault-boy

I still don't understand backwards comparability being crucial now adays, and this seems like the first generation where it has been utterly demanded. Everyone always says 'I want to play my old games!' well did you just buy those games and have them sit there for 3 years or do you already have a system that can play them all already. I know its nice having backwards comparability but its not essential. 

Wahab_MinSeo
Wahab_MinSeo

@mekentosh But I Really Don't Like DirectX 9c Graphics it's Too Old Since 2003

matastig
matastig

Well Nintendo can still cancel the Wii U and keep the tablet-like controller as the next Gen portable just saying :P

AnGiTheGamer
AnGiTheGamer

Most important thing is that they are backwards compatible. Thats all I care for. Gotta make big titles for them to.

jodudeit
jodudeit

I think that the non-hardcore masses will still bite into it. And, there is nothing stopping Nintendo from making their own kinect-type accessory and making kicking the legs out from under the xbox. And I don't think that the next xbox or playstation will be the new graphics powerhouses. I think that they will mostly just expand on the non video game related parts of consols, like videos and web browsing. The consoles haven't maxed out their potential yet, and I think that they are still far from it. But I still think that Nintendo has a lot of catching up to do. Mostly with online support. Kill Friend Codes and make the online shop something actually navigable. Add DLC and the like.

Zelseisdabest
Zelseisdabest

i personally think you are an idiot if u think the big N wont sell, and sell really high come on now how many times have we seen people be iffy about what nintendo comes out with next and then it arrives and by the end of the year everyone has it...tell me that wasnt how it was with the wii? has anyone looked up the sales that 3DS has done on the end quarter?! better than the DS did...and the DS is one of the highest selling gaming devices of all time. Nintendo has a way of getting to us, i dont understand y people still continue to doubt them

Nivek1989
Nivek1989

nitendo is the only thing that needed an up grade. i think the ps3 and 360 should just become one thing. they are already similar

InterpolWilco
InterpolWilco

I understand why Nintendo wants to release another console, but I think the Xbox 360 and especially the PS3 still have a ton of life in them.

cool_modine
cool_modine

Backwards compatibility is kind of a deal-breaker for me these days, and I also doubt it will be an integral part of the next-gen. They're already phasing it out in the current, which is ridiculous. For anybody who plays a lot, and still enjoys their old games, this is a must. We don't want to have 500 consoles hooked up and cluttering up space, or to be fiddling around with the back of our televisions every time we want to play something, then having to go back again. I don't care how low they drop the prices on the previous gen. I'm also not going to re-purchase downloadable copies of games that I already own just because these guys want to cut corners and scam people.

zeonfollower
zeonfollower

I love Nintendo. I grew up with them. Mario is my hero

ngrodamus
ngrodamus

@GreenReuben I'm actually in the same boat as you. I started off a Gamespot member but basically was forced into an exodus to IGN (I quite like it there) because I'm a Nintendo fan. Gamespot has and always will treat Nintendo awful. I happen to peek back here every month or so and I see articles like this which makes me run back to my Nintendo Safe Haven, IGN.

GreenReuben
GreenReuben

Gamespot keep in mind that seeing as most of your editors are awful sony and microsoft fanboys most nintendo fanboys have gone to ign where things aren't as bad (myself included, this is the first time I've been on here in ages). With such a large number of nintendo supporters gone it's no surprise how little said they would buy it, instead the remaining people voted for consoles that haven't even been confirmed, and even if they had sony has said they aren't intrested in making another powerhouse like the ps3 so it will likely only be marginally more powerful than the wiiu and microsoft said the next xbox will have graphics on par with the avatar movie which wont be possible for a while and even when it is will cost far too much to bother making. So if you feel like waiting for consoles that may not appear, may be only marginally more powerful or cost over $1000 then be my guest.

Ravenlore_basic
Ravenlore_basic

Wii U in 2012 will be a good system stronger than what there is now and will cost about 249. It will sell well just not as well as Wii did. Look for some games that should have come out for the Wii. PSV launch 2012 Great games and conection to PS3 will lift this to good sales. I just HOPE that there is a way to use it with games on the PS3 for some tablet interaction. YES I know that the Wii U will be able to do this and they anounced it first....BFD that does not mean that Sony should not use such interactions!!! Microsoft's Third console (Xbox 720, Xbox 3,...) 2012 - 2013 Microsoft has the money, They made a lot of it from Live so they can launch and not worry about a flop or not. They have enough people who are willing to buy. In addition Microsoft has Windows 8, and DirectX 11 waiting to go on the new console, as well as intergration of Microsoft TV. Last but not least I do not see Sony launching this year at ALL. With the yen so high ATM, Sony launching PSV, and Sony lossing SO much money with the launch of PS3. I just can not see them losing Billions again when PS3 is starting to pick up steam as it hits the magic $199.00 Price, and library of tools expand, while the cost to make games drop. I see NO earlier than 2014 for PS4. I can only hope they do something DIFFERENT. Not the same kinds of games with better graphics.

Deathstalker83
Deathstalker83

I'm looking forward to buying or pre ordering a Wii-U !

thijs-x
thijs-x

This biased article indicates that Gamespot favors XBox and PS over Nintendo, and explains why low ratings were given on prime Nintendo games lately. Now Nintendo's hardware is being attacked. Apparently, Gamespot thinks the industry is better off without Nintendo, and tries to convince it's audience that they are right. However, please realize that without Nintendo, the industry will lose it's edge, and quality of games will decrease significantly.

Soothsayer42
Soothsayer42

@super-newber Thats what Im trying to say. My english is not very good. (Im not a native speaker) All Im saying is Consoles didn't use expensive CPU's.. all they need is the highest GPU available. Consoles are made for gaming. I believe they can achieve the highest performance for a console. See my point there? PC Gaming: Expensive and very confusing (for some) while console is in the simplest form

Alianjaro
Alianjaro

Are seriously people hating on the whole console because of the name? Seriously... A NAME? How did you react when you heard WII for the first time? It was weird but we got over it... NOW PLEASE GET OVER IT AND STOP POLLUTING THE COMMENT PAGE FOR NO REASON

Killingjoke_666
Killingjoke_666

COme out with a normal controller and good games and Im on Nintendo

robbie80
robbie80

IM buying a WII U it gona be more powerful than the xbox 360 and ps3 and have more memory.Then there also long wait for ps4 and next xbox 2014 to freaking long of a wait,just look at skyrim on ps3 water down graphics and lots of slow down.Yea lot of life left in the ps3 yea rigth.

M_Splinter
M_Splinter

Why there would be so much of Social Network in consoles when you can't even plug in any mouse and keyboard you have? Plug and play mouse, keyboard and headphones would be great... f***ing buying these specific keyboards and mice they want us to buy...

dybbuk
dybbuk

HELLO SONY!!! anyone listening over there?? Backwards Compatibility...number one!! As far as social media, I wish these console makers would stop wasting their time. I can use my phone or computer for that and the console is never as good.

husam1999
husam1999

the wii u good or bad?!?!? pls answer cuz I need to know if I'll buy it or not? pls help!

Orbitz89
Orbitz89

I'm pretty interested in the Wii U, the only thing i don't like about it so far is the name.. but other than that i'm really intrigued by the possiblities it could bring to the table.

husam1999
husam1999

It'll beat Xbox and PS3? yes/no?

X-RS
X-RS

@Lhomity "X-box thrice" "ex-treme box" sound miles ahead of "7-20" (whihc brings to mind the early ages of "HD" -.-) But please by all means contribute...

cdozier86
cdozier86

craigprime: "Sony and Microsoft can't improve their graphics. I think they hit the temporary glass ceiling, graphics-wise. They already went as far as graphics can go." -You're crazy dude. Resolution doesn't equal or necessarily limit graphic detail. The ability to produce stunningly detailed and colorful graphics comes with computing power. If Sony and Microsoft create a more powerful machine, they can give you better graphics even if it's still 1080p, and that is a fact. Works the same way with Digital cameras and resolution too, more data does not mean you need more resolution necessarily.

craigprime
craigprime

Call me crazy, but I think that Nintendo is going to come out ahead. I have heard that T.V's are being made with more than twice as much resolution as the current HD ones. Who knows when they will be released. In the meantime, however, Sony and Microsoft can't improve their graphics. I think they hit the temporary glass ceiling, graphics-wise. They already went as far as graphics can go. Now that Nintendo is at the same level in graphics, they can overcome with what Sony and Microsoft don't have. Innovation is what will matter. And possibly online compatibility.

Edzzie
Edzzie

Wii really needs to stick with the name Nintendo. No more Wii this and that....its lame!

littleboomer
littleboomer

I'm guessing: Wii U- casual gamers, kids, and die hard fans PS4- hardcore gamers XBOX 720- all the rest of gamers

blueboxdoctor
blueboxdoctor

@ComicBookGuy It basically implies it in the last pictures caption since it shows multiple backward compatible systems. Though, I thought the PS3 stopped that by time the slim came around so IDK why that's there. I understand 3D gaming is here, but I don't think it'll end up being more popular than normal gaming. I'm OK with it being an option as long as it doesn't take anything away from the rest of a game's development.

KontroLz85
KontroLz85

The appearance of all the social apps, video apps, kinect, movies, tv shows, basically anything non-gaming makes it clear that Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo are catering more and more to casual gamers. I have nothing against casual gamers, I think this is a huge mistake though. It is not casual gamers that buy a $500+ console (low-end estimate imo), it is the hardcore gamers. Casuals by definition don't take gaming "seriously" so the idea of them spending at least $600 after taxes and a game purchase seems unlikely. Hardcore gamers are the demographic that will sustain these companies in the first year or two after releasing a new console. If they don't start catering to the hardcore gamers again with these new consoles I think they are going to have a disastrous first year in sales across the board. Especially when you consider that they are getting closer and closer to the price of a PC.

PowerstrokeGT
PowerstrokeGT

WII-U sounds like a WII University. Dumb name.

FrozenFear
FrozenFear

Those results are as shocking as a black Playstation! In all seriousness, the Wii U is a repackaged Wii, which was a repackaged GameCube. Love plenty of the games, but I think Nintendo is taking our calls for "Game play over graphics" a little too far. There's no need to meet the hardware requirements of the next-gen PS/XBOX, but let's at least get to the level of the first XBOX.

HoY4
HoY4

P.S. as much as I'm excited for nintendo to catch up with 360/PS3 hardware I HATE the name Wii-U as well, PLEASE nintendo-change that lame name and make the console shape look better than just a rounded cornered smoothed out regular Wii..

HoY4
HoY4

Downloading full games is already here on 360/PS3.. Wii is the only fully backwards compatible at the moment(I say this because current PS3s cant and 360 only accepts specific titles). Don't like the idea of touch screens. 3D games are already here for specific PS3/360 games.. PS Move, Wii Motion+ and Kinect is fine to me so far(It's up to the game developers that make use of the motion features not the devices, adding better calibration settings etc. The controllers themselves work fine. Blu-ray will NEVER leave Sony because they INVENTED it, it's their product so why would they sell their trademark to their competitors?? I think once the Wii-U comes out-nintendo's library will just be the same as PS3/360 since it will be about the same in terms of graphics(with the exception of each system's exclusives respectively of course). 3DS is unique for having portable glasses-less 3D. PS-Vita is nothing 'new' really. I'm not expecting too much and don't really care, only looking forward to once Wii-U comes out to be able to get out of that 480p non-sense due to my 50" TV as well as Sony to maybe one day make 'all' their games 1080 as opposed to the 90% of 720p games(seriously-whats up with that??). There's my 2 cents =)

playniko69
playniko69

wow Wii U...really? Not even the name is promising.

neock2003
neock2003

Sadly my involvement in video games from the next gen demographic will possibly be next to nothing. at this point what will impress me is the only thing that matters is that is the video games and not fps titles. Personally I will only buy games that will be downloadable only given if the next gen still has to pile up hundreds of updates that was not in the game in the first place. as for the WII U. I am not impressed at all hopefully Nintendo shows me something that screams buy. I am almost 30 yrs old so my video gaming days are almost done. and i am happy that I've collected all Nintendo consoles up to the Wii and the portable devices up to the DS. That's pretty much where I stand.

ComicBookGuy
ComicBookGuy

@blueboxdoctor 3D gaming is already here. It's going to be here in the next generation. I don't see where they said the original Xbox was backwards compatible. Maybe I'm just missing it.

blueboxdoctor
blueboxdoctor

The one thing I don't think will happen (even though it is highly expected) is 3D gaming. I know a lot of people who start getting a headache and eye strain after just using the demos set up in stores. Plus, 3D TVs are kind of useless unless they're giant screens are you sit really close since an image coming towards you quickly goes off the screen on smaller screens. Anyway, it isn't a surprise that people aren't overly happy with the Wii U since it seems that many people (including myself) still prefer the feel of an actual controller which is what initially put me off with the original Wii. And a quick question, why did GS put the original Xbox as being backwards compatible if it was the first?

zowbaid
zowbaid

Gamespot said, "It could still produce real-time graphics on par with the latest computer-animated blockbuster movie, have a launch lineup with all the company's biggest hits, sell for under $200, and socially cloud stream 3D apps in full HD." Ok, I agree with most of that stuff, but under $200 for something that awesome? Yeah right. I would not expect it. It's going to be expensive whether it's an xbox, ps4 or a PC graphics card. That's just how it is, don't get your hopes up Gamespot. Electronics are meant to be expensive afterall.

dinslacck
dinslacck

i dont mind if they release super next gen consoles as long as the controller remain the same in case of x720 or ps4. And games, we want more AAA games. even if the game rendered like the avatar, but when it plays like battletoads its still means nothing.

LukeWesty
LukeWesty

@UnbornCorpser  

What are Sony screwing up on? and there online feature's are now on par with MS.

UnbornCorpser
UnbornCorpser

@LukeWesty Uhmm you do realize my post was back in July 26, 2012 right? But alright you wanna play ball?

Wii U - Pros:Backwards compatible with Wii games; has pro controller & screen interface controller

            Cons:Small memory; Not so great CPU

Xbox 720(Or W/E they'll call it) - Hard to say MS hasn't said anything about the new console yet but a lot of rumors flying around they want to make it NOT backwards compatible & have a game lock.

PS4 - Pros: GPU looks to be able to show great graphics; Blu-ray

         Cons: Controller looks terrible; No backwards compatibility; Expensive; And they announced in Japan it would have a gamelock on it meaning no used games.


No matter what the new Xbox & Sony aren't going to do as well as the new Nintendo console. Another video game crash is coming soon & once more Nintendo will be left standing maybe MS too.


PS - Sony has a lot of debt while Nintendo has no debt they've also had a good if not great income flowing in. MS is in a so-so area.