PlayStation, Xbox, Wii U - Which Will Survive?

There's a growing sentiment that Microsoft, Nintendo, or Sony may not stay in the console business much longer. Which company will be the next to go?

During a panel discussion at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas titled "Consoles Are in Trouble," Gaikai chief product officer Nanea Reeves predicted the end of the current console triumvirate, stating "not all of the current console makers will have one more generation. That will be the big news at E3." Obviously, a cloud gaming service has a vested interest in making such a prediction, but this also came on the back of news that Gaikai's chief cloud-gaming competitor OnLive had struck a deal to be included in Android-powered Google TV products and that none of the major players had chosen to use the biggest technology event in the world to tout any kind of new gaming technology. Meanwhile, during other panel sessions at the same Games Summit conference at CES, executives from a variety of connected industries, including media, development, manufacturing, investment, publishing, and research, all speculated on a future in which current conventions were no longer relevant.

For Microsoft and Sony, consoles are far more than gaming devices.

So, if Reeves is right and one of the big three is going to drop out, who might that be, and why? Let's get this conversation started right here. Consider the following and let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Microsoft

Why Microsoft Won't Drop Out
The Xbox 360 is a shining beacon of success within the Microsoft organization right now. After a rocky start in 2001 with the original Xbox and its astronomical costs, the company has really figured out how to take ownership of its ecosystem and make some serious money out of gaming. Microsoft employees that we've spoken to during the past few months have intimated that senior management is much more focused on the Xbox group than ever before and that it's held up as an example to other business units as the guiding light when it comes to combining hardware, infrastructure, and software that customers will (currently) pay for at every level. Think about it; they sell you the box for $299, they sell you the service for $60 a year, they sell you the games for $60 a pop, and they get a cut of every game sold on the platform. As models go, it's pretty sweet for them, and for as long as it's working, they're unlikely to let it go. Xbox Live specifically is arguably the company's greatest success; it's an effective moneymaker already, but more importantly, it's probably the best example of how a games service should work, with the exception of Steam.

While Microsoft has larger and more powerful business units, it doesn't exert as much control over anything else; it doesn't make branded PCs, it doesn't make phone handsets (yet), and it can't justifiably layer an additional Live-style service charge on top of what you're already paying your mobile carrier.

Why Microsoft Would Drop Out
Making hardware is a messy and expensive business, and Microsoft is already in partnership with plenty of vendors that could make gaming boxes for them. If the company were to consider dropping out of anything, it would be the hardware manufacturing piece specifically. It has built its entire empire on creating platforms that require compliance, and making the next-generation Xbox a standard rather than an actual box would both play to its strengths (Xbox = Windows, kinda) and reflect the direction in which many other facets of the consumer electronics business are moving.

During the Games Summit at CES, it was speculated that "Xbox Live" could become a label that we see on PCs, laptops, set-top boxes, smart TVs, and portable electronics, indicating that the device is capable of downloading Xbox-compliant games and that it supports Xbox-compliant peripherals.

Sony

Why Sony Won't Drop Out
Sony is fundamentally a hardware company. It may own some incredible development talent in the games space, but the organization was built on hardware and on developing new technologies that it hopes other companies will pay it for and license. While its competitors are looking at more open and collaborative solutions, Sony is adhering to the idea that proprietary formats are still the answer; Blu-ray is just one example, while the ridiculously priced memory sticks are another. What was previously perceived of as an unrelenting push for progress now looks a bit bonkers. At CES this year, it continued to show a complete disregard for consumer behavior with its proposal for a move to the 4K super-HD video format.

"What was previously perceived of as an unrelenting push for progress now looks a bit bonkers."
The original PlayStation was probably the most powerful wind of change to ever blow through the halls of Sony. It affected the culture and the direction of the company as much as, if not more than, the Walkman. When Sony stepped into the games space in 1994, it disrupted both the industry and the expectations of gamers so fiercely that it was able to redefine the whole model. With the PlayStation 2, Sony did it again, and by also making it a great DVD player, it was able to accelerate the adoption of more than one content-delivery platform at once--both of which it conveniently dominated on the content front, too. This is the legacy that Sony is holding onto, and it's this, plus the need to have a showcase hardware platform for its other next-generation hardware technologies, that makes a solid argument for the PlayStation 4.

Why Sony Would Drop Out
The PlayStation 3 was far too much of a stretch; not in terms of putting a great product in front of gamers, but in terms of pushing its luck with the integration of proprietary hardware standards. Both the original PlayStation and the PlayStation 2 had been successful as a delivery mechanism for Sony technology that the company exhibited an unbelievable amount of arrogance regarding its ability to repeat that performance. It backfired, and the company lost a lot of the goodwill and loyalty it had built. While the PlayStation 3 is doing incredibly well now, the slow burn that the platform has been afforded is unlikely to be repeated. Ever. Given the pace at which technology is moving and the competitive landscape that's quickly emerging, tolerance for tech that takes three years to really get going is less and less likely. Gaming technology, and the PS3 in particular, is now within the realm of being "good enough" (to use a term often bandied about by tech companies) for the majority of consumers. As a mass-market user, it's getting harder to justify why you need an even more powerful box when the one you have is already kind of awesome.

Nintendo's already in the race, but how invested is it in the next-generation?

Nintendo

Why Nintendo Won't Drop Out
Nintendo is still the purist of the space. Though the company has dabbled in offering other services on its devices throughout the years, its fundamental purpose has always been about delivering games. Often its own games. Whereas Microsoft and Sony have leaned hard into the "digital entertainment" space, Nintendo has steadfastly adhered to the idea of being a games console. Its devices are designed with specific kinds of experiences in mind, and this is why it has enjoyed such considerable success. By keeping out of the "horsepower" war since 2006, Nintendo has chosen to be disruptive in other areas by focusing on interaction and interface rather than processing power or capacity. The fundamental architecture of the Wii can trace its roots back to the previous generation of consoles launched in 2001, prompting criticism that it was little more than "two GameCubes taped together," but that certainly hasn't hurt its sales performance.

Want to know the biggest argument for why Nintendo won't drop out of the next generation though? Duh…They already announced it. It may not meet the expectations of what some consider worthy of the term "next generation," but the Wii U, which we understand will sit on store shelves alongside the original Wii for at least a year or more, is clearly a big step up from its predecessor.

Why Nintendo Would Drop Out
People buy Nintendo consoles to play Nintendo games. Sure, there have been lots of attempts to lure third-party publishers to the platform, but fundamentally, we buy Nintendo boxes for Super Mario Something-Something, The Legend of Zelda Something-Something, Smash Bros., Mario Kart, Kirby, Donkey Kong, and whatever other imaginative mash-ups of intellectual property the company has conceived. The software sells the hardware, and in a world where research and development, manufacturing, and distribution are more expensive than ever, there's an argument for a uniquely positioned company like Nintendo to get out of the hardware game. By recasting itself as a "Disney" of gaming, it could rebuild itself as a masterful IP management company and focus on pushing its iconic characters to whatever platform gives it the largest audience.

Though Nintendo has continued to assert that it needs third-party support, it is increasingly unlikely to get it if its offering is going to be as different from its competitors as it appears. Developers for the next generation of games will not be able to support two different build targets for their games because both the financial and time cost will be so high. These studios need to be able to build the core tech and generate art assets once, and then deliver them across the console platforms and PC. If a platform (like the Wii U) can't share in that, it's unlikely to get any support.

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damaster101
damaster101

I am slowly getting over gaming and its come apparent i only want Mario and Smash Bros. Besides Gears of War 2/3 nothing cuts it anymore. In terms of business(which i despise) i would like to hope they merge into one mega console and utilize all the gaming technology to its highest potential.

CampoDeiFiori
CampoDeiFiori

I would think that if Nintendo went 3rd party they would be insanely successful, but all you bums are already buying their console just to play these games so why not keep doing it? It would only make sense to drop out of hardware when people aren't willing to pay $200 to play a couple games. As for this "death of consoles" talk, this seems to come up literally every year and every year all three consoles do great so I really don't see the point in doing this unless one of these next consoles pulls a dreamcast I assume they will all be around.

valdarez
valdarez

Xbox Live is the best example of how a gaming service should work??? That's a horrible statement. It's not really a service! It's an unnecessary charge for a point to point match-making system! There is NO service there! Ughh... Really GameSpot? I mean, really???

Yellowman2
Yellowman2

We simply do not need anymore freaking consoles period! There are enought systems out there already. Nintendo should become a third party videogame maker and can be just as successful in doing so as sega did after the sega dreamcast crashed. Microsoft and Sony should not be making anymore systems at all because the ones they currently have are powerful enough. It's all about greed and it will lead to their downfall.

KingCoop2
KingCoop2

@thequickshooter Everybody likes the new menu for XBox. They just copied PlayStation's XMB menu.

shahab82
shahab82

@alhozy agree I see X box more modern with Xbox live and kinect.. sony was first in ps2 but now last in ps3(from hardware sell and more) also Wii cant sell like her first days and i think 3ds will much more sell than ps vita

Cartr1dgeBased
Cartr1dgeBased

@davejudge your such a mess, and i will ignore your comments from now, and i would appreciate if you did the same. also, aren't you a little old to be speaking the way you do? though you don't have to answer as I won't be reading the response. fyi: i'm in med school. you'll be seeking my help soon enough.

davejudge
davejudge

@Cartr1dgeBased you are the spake that butted in on my comment ..remember? inferring that I was some Noob gamer and I shouldnt make a comment cause what....you are a pro gamer and you have 12 consoles and you like to sit in your 'special' gaming room and touch them all and what??????and ...DUUUDE I am guessing you are NA ..welll duuuuude the relevance is.. These my comments, are based on my experience and unlike you with your 30000 games and a zillion consoles I am a purist non cheating gamer and I am well within my rights to make a comment about something that I enjoy doing without animal molesting cretans like you bothering me so please go and play your 4 million games and please seek help... P.S I was born in 1961

alhozy
alhozy

i believe microsoft will still stay on top i dont really like sony or nintendo

Cartr1dgeBased
Cartr1dgeBased

@davejudge dude, what are you going on about? seriously. you've been playing games longer than me? ok, maybe, i've been playing since the late 80's, but what does that mean? who cares? you own alot of consoles? so do i, 12 not including portables, over 300 games too... but who cares? why is that relevant? interfering* with small animals is clouding my mine? what? huh? what does that even mean? what are you talking about? what small animals? where did they come from and what am i preventing them from doing? biggest question though, is why do you care? why do you have this agenda? why can't you just play the games and shut up? side note: i rarely harp on grammar as it is only really important for published work, a job, or school but I can't even decipher an unhealthy portion of your last post. clean it up some.

robertcain
robertcain

If Microsoft continues to place it's focus solely on casual gamers with Kinect and rely on old IP's like Halo, Gears or War and Call of Duty to satisfy the hardcore crowd then it will eventually drop out of the hardcore market and NOT the computer game market entirely. Hardcore gamers will get bored of seeing the same game coming out each year for each hardcore series and tacked on Kinect features. I haven't seen a new innovation in hardcore Xbox 360 games since Bioshock in 2007!!! Sony is probably 75% hardcore and 25% casual, the PS3 is probably powerful and feature packed enough to go through the 8th generation of gaming consoles but it needs to balance out both markets or it will have to drop out the casual market. There's plenty of new IP's in the pipeline for PS3 including The Last of Us and The Last Guardian but the games for PS Move are quite lacking. The PS Vita also has plenty of potential for both markets too and is sure to outdo the 3DS once sales pick up thanks to it's increased number of features Nintendo is pushing hard with the Wii U and it is sure to attract some third party attention for it's unique tablet design, the system is attempting to appeal to hardcore gamers but will the casual market agree? The 3DS is definitely geared towards the casual market but Nintendo is scared of the PS Vita because they released a crappy second analogue disc attachment less than a year after it's launch.The Wii U is also at risk of a heap of mediocre third party games

davejudge
davejudge

@Cartr1dgeBased I guarantee that I have been playing longer than you I have owned all of the Sony consoles and still do as well as Nintendo and the xbox 360 Sony would not exist in the console market if it werent for Nintendo they are a plagierist operation do ya homework you spak TVs: all technology derives from something and Sony is a and has made production calls based on their own not what the consumer wants that defines arrogance the same applies to a number of brands but at the end of the day Nintie still is as pure as a gaming brand can be.MS is delivering games and service that we want sony couldnt organise a party in a brewery... Watch Sony copy the Kinnect style motion system in their next system Stop playing and interferring with small animals its clouding your mind....

josh1billion
josh1billion

It won't happen soon, but I could see Nintendo going the way of Sega close to a decade from now. As the author of the article stated, the primary draw of buying a Nintendo console is that you have access to all the first-party series with which we grew up. With the Wii, a secondary draw of motion control came into light, bringing in a huge casual crowd. The Wii U is doing more-or-less the same thing: bringing in new, casual-oriented hardware to appeal to non-gamers (this time, it's "ooh, iPad-like touch screen" instead of "ooh, motion controls"). If that non-loyal group of non-gamers decides to stick around for the new iteration, Nintendo will do just fine. If the majority of the public, on the other hand, remembers "well, the Wii was fun for a year or two, but bowling became boring after a while, so how long will this touch screen gimmick entertain me?", then Nintendo will lose that audience. Think about it: everybody you know owns a Wii, but what percentage of those people have even turned the thing on in the past month? Without casual dollars from gimmick gaming pouring in this time around, Nintendo would be better off just churning out Mario and Zelda for others' hardware, just like Sega is doing now with Sonic.

wowwow27
wowwow27

if it wasn't for Nintendo and Microsoft the cost of Sony game systems would be astronomical!

DrEvilKoala
DrEvilKoala

Ah, another one of those articles written while eating Pizza during a Zelda break then? Atta boy Gamespot! Next time, send somehow who has a clue and doesn't think he's keeping up with technology because he has an iPhone please.

Kiigora_LoP
Kiigora_LoP

How about all three? I don't know how the cloud services make any money. To satisfy any significant number of customers, they would need a boat load of high end computer hardware.

brownyyy
brownyyy

I personally would hate to see Nintendo go but i feel its time is up, its time they just stopped making consoles like Sega did. Imagine mario and co on console that were actually good. The Wii was the console to bring gaming back to the family but can nintendo really count on families to buy a similar console every so often i dnt think so i mean the novelty of the wii wore of very quickly especially once the ps move and the kinect appeared, Nintendo just cant keep up I would rather see a truly amazing mario game like mario 64 again then another half baked mario galaxy of whtever and that goes for the legend of zelda too. As for Sony and Xbox I cannot see either backing out one backing out would be terrible for the consumer as there would be no competiton so the remaining company could do pretty much whatever hey wanted because we would have no other option to buy.

Visionisto
Visionisto

@darkjedilink That has to be the funniest thing I've seen someone pull out of their ass in a really long time!

OMGMrTea
OMGMrTea

I hope Sony and Nintendo are staying, wouldn't mind that much if MS goes away. Wouldn't miss anything besides Halo, all other games i like are also on PS3, and the Sony exclusives are just the better ones.

darkjedilink
darkjedilink

They forgot the biggest reason of all that Sony would drop out - they can't afford the PS3 and PSVita as it is, much less another home console. SCE hasn't turned a profit in eight years and counting, and no Sony division has turned a profit in three years plus. Add in their credit rating being reduced and all of the lawsuits as of late, and Sony is in no position to make a gen-8 console.

ShadowofSonic
ShadowofSonic

Die, M$. As long as there is Sony and Nintendo, I'm good. Sony and Nintendo have too many fans, and too much clout to fail.

justindragon
justindragon

Nobody's gonna drop out I mean you know there's still games being made for the dreamcast

thequickshooter
thequickshooter

none shall drop i know it beucse people are allways trying to have as many consoles thay've got i got the X360 the ps3 and the wii i really disliked the wii becuse there was no HD support there was no great games rather then zelda and mario sonic etc... but the xbox is allways my fav:the service of xbox live never failed me,sony sometimes did disconect from time to time but still i like the menu on the xbox same goes with the controller

Mc_Trickz
Mc_Trickz

Microsoft does not offer many exclusives,sony offers a bunch of exclusives and then they got portable devices,when you hear the news that MK is on a portable device,let just Vita get some of those of your favourite games in it and you will surrender to Sony,they made errors and mistakes,but everybody does,nintendo e-shop is so bad,not even demos you can download to play,but nintendo always survives because of the kids and then once again the classics for the true gamers like zelda,well..microsoft is the one that should leave,sorry folks..that's my opinion...thumbs down if you are a xbox fanboy,i am not fanboy because i got the xbox360,the nintendo 3ds and wii and also all of sony consoles,and not counting with the old nes snes and game boy gamegear etc....It's not a question of faboyism but true gamer...lol,haters let's thumb down my comment please :)

StarkJJ
StarkJJ

Sony needs to go. They bring nothing to the table but copy-cat ideas, inflated prices, no bang for buck, and dead on arrival systems(Vita). No gaming vision whatsoever. The only reason they are still a player is because of their money. They can afford to keep a failure around long enough to make a profit then call it a success. Still haven't contributed anything original. SONY...please leave.

superxtreme101
superxtreme101

No one is leaving anytime soon or at least that's what I think

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

Nintendo could be quite a beast as a software developer. However,I don't want them to do it,and they don't want it either. They literally saved the gaming industry,and revolutionized it multiple times.They've survived far worse times for the hobby as a whole.They're here to stay. The other two are doing well too,so if anyone were leaving,it'd be for some business choice,in order to make more money. But as long as they can launch cool devices and convince people how much they'd love to have them,they can make plenty of money in the console space. I don't think anyone is leaving.

espernay
espernay

PlayStation brand has always been there for gamers since 1994 and definitely will always be on top whoever the competition is. More power and gaming years to Sony!

zeonfollower
zeonfollower

I would go for Nintendo..they are the real friend of gamer. Playstation is definitely keep on going.

hector1313
hector1313

If Microsoft decide to release their hardware a year earlier again, and more or less refuse to fix the consequent problems for years like they did with the 360, I can't imagine they'd survive one more generation. From a purely nostalgia P.O.V I wouldn't want Nintendo to drop out, and from a fan-boy perspective I would prefer Sony to stay for another one.

AnGiTheGamer
AnGiTheGamer

Think microsofts leaving. Not much given so far. Sonys been making way to much so might continue. Nintendos obviously staying. Though everyones got their own predictions. Lets just see what happens.

Willy105
Willy105

Nintendo is definitely the least likely to drop out, and I think Microsoft can continue to fight in the long run. Sony has been having trouble lately, but they should be able to do fine if they can make smart decisions next-gen.

kingcamel
kingcamel

why does everybody say that nintendo is only first pary support only casual gamers blah blah blah Nintendo is (davsonamission) the only one with a large amount of great selling exclusives. ninentdo is more unique, i feel like x box and ps3 are same system with 1 or 2 exclusive games example littlebigplanet and halo ps3 coming up with playstation move wtf copy their main game for it is sport champions.....wtf copy wii sports much? wii is having hd graphics so stop ps3 and xbox fanboys

davsonamission
davsonamission

The reason any one of these companies could be failing is because of cross platforming thats why you bought specific systems for certain exclusive titles. I'd say 90% of everything is on every system which is stupid (I understand why but its still stupid). Back in the early days there was no such thing and everything was exclusive thats how its roots got started and their reputation but now its maybe 1 or 2 great exclusives a year which is bullsh*t. Nintendo is the only one with a large amount of great selling exclusives (even if it is the same rehashed sh*t). Which brings up another point where are the new classics do you really think that any current gen games will be remembered like mario, or zelda, or sonic. Classics are dead no one can make games that will burn in a players brian for the next 30+ yrs. Quit cross platforming and bring out more exclusives (good ones I might add) and maybe just mabe you will win over the real fans the fans of gaming...

TomBrandon121
TomBrandon121

I think Sony have always been about individuality and self-progression, and therefore I cannot see them dropping out of the console industry any time soon. There is still so much potential for them to continue improving their consoles, specifically the hardware itself as opposed to new online innovations etc. I believe Sony is the most unlikely of the three companies to abandon gaming. I feel as though Microsoft is perhaps the most obvious company to bet on leaving. I mean, it's not as though they need any more money right? I can see them trying to intergrate the Xbox Live system onto other systems or into other forms of media, without the need to produce another console themselves.

markg1150
markg1150

Gotta be bye bye nintendo. but mainly in europe and possibly america.i dont claim to no enough about the american market. nintendos on its arse in the uk and europe. They will never quit japan. nintendo have no decent suport or hardware capabilties and very few games.The ones that they do have are aimed at japanease + 5 year olds. 5 years olds dont have much money. (well not where i live anyway) daddy and his xbox/ps3 does have cash and if he wants to get a a game for his son/daughter to play before they go to bed he can, then he sticks COD on drinks beer and frags his mates. why waste money on that sillly white box next to your not white telly. and nintendos new tablet idea gonna flop. ipad/android ones will wipe the floor with it and still come in handy for orther stuff unlike nintendos one trick ponny. plus i think people are getting sick of there being a new variation every 2 mins. how many ds`s are there?? Harldy anyone who has a wii actually buys more than 2 games AND keeps playing it. I get the feeling that if the wii wasnt so cheap and gutless and that if it was a power and cost equal to xbox/ps that it would have been the absoute death of nintendo Remember sega dropped out after releasing a console so why wouldnt nintendo? i agree with the comment we need both microsoft an sony to keep up the quality and down the cost.

Yams
Yams

It's crazy to think any of them will be kicking the bucket anytime soon. It's possible that one of them has a dramatic audience shift, like how Nintendo is trying to appeal to broader, more casual audiences, but thinking that one of them will "collapse" in the next few years is blasphemous.

brziramo
brziramo

if sony drops out ?than samebody has made i big mistake!it,s for the best that nobody drops nowhere!..

teknic1200
teknic1200

Sony has been downsizing most everything in this recession. I expect them to take the bow first. While there are some great exclusives xbox/ps360 share a huge common library together.

klasco
klasco

Well Pc is doing good surely, at least with what i see on Steam plus you can get good comps for cheaper nowadays. As for consoles when they do their "next gen" i presume they wont be as intially pricey. I hope Sony and Micro do good and please Sony dont do confusing editions and Micro don't make a red ringer

akiramaycry
akiramaycry

This article is biased as f***. Sony is portrayed in the most negative light (lol @ GS linguistics). They're arrogant, full of fail, oh-so-lucky console makers. Where as you have the Xbox which is the best damn thing in the world and hardly has a reason to drop out. Hold on.. aren't Microsoft Gamespot's sponsors or something? Yeah, it shows...

cozmcrae
cozmcrae

None of the three will drop out. Nintendo are already confirmed so there is no point questioning them. All these sony and microsoft fanboys are hoping the opposing console will drop out but if they did it is literally the worst thing that could happen. At the moment both companies are competing for your business and if one was to no longer provide an alternative to the other, the surviving console would become a terrible service. Prices would increase and the consoles would become sloppy and the entire package in general would be awful as they have your balls in a vice if you wish to continue gaming.

SnuffDaddyNZ
SnuffDaddyNZ

I think the PC is gonna bow out of the games market. One reason is because the traditional Mouse+Keyboard+Tower combo is on the verge of obsolescence (mass market will move to tablet type devices OR even their TV's...). Another is the seemingly non-fixable issue of compatibility - several PC games in 2011 where in a shocking state. I think developers will just look at the wasted time and money spent on fixing their games to run on EVERY piece of hardware+software, and say, enough is enough.

Unfallen_Satan
Unfallen_Satan

I vote for Sony to drop out. The Xbox is too successful to be abandoned. The Japanese will not permitted Nintendo to fade so easily; it legacy runs too deep. Besides, it has a following not fully threatened by the competition from Sony and MS. PS is in-between. It's not as popular in the West as the Xbox and in Japan as Nintendo. The defining feature of gaming has moved away from hardware and toward paradigm: social, casual action, competitive, etc. Unless Sony defines PS's paradigm more clearly, it's not beneficial to continue pouring resources into developing the next console. However, Sony has found success lately with Uncharted, which reinforces its single-player line-up alongside MGS and God of War. Gran Turismo also continues to dominate the racing game genre, though Forza on Xbox 360 is catching up fast. If it manages to introduce more of this type of PS-exclusve games, to re-define itself through them instead of trying to be a hardware competitor, it may yet find a comfortable place in the market. My advice? Give up the Playstation brand and partner up with Nintendo. Sony provides the hardware and the more high-end story-driven games. Nintendo provides the ingenuity and social games. An easier transition might be toward Xbox; however, there is a indefinite chasm that separates games popular on the Xbox and games that define PS, yet they compete for a similar audience. I do not want to see this diversity subsumed on a unified Xbox console.

inaka_rob
inaka_rob

@Cartr1dgeBased umm. from a business stand point it's really just common sense. + seeing my rating.more people agree with me than disagree.of course you are entitled to your opinion + disagree that is fine. but think about it for a moment. lets take something like Porche. why do you think they sell porche hats and watches and stuff like that. do you think porche really makes money of a few watches and hats? do you think they need the 100$ a year it makes off CLOTHES? of course not, its a branding. that dude who walks around with a porche hat is a walking advertisement. they sell 1000 hats. they make 1$ a hat. 1000$. they sell one porche car and they make close to $5,000 off that sale. But think of all those hats out there. It might only increase their sales by 5 cars. but thats 25,000$ in increased profits just becuase of some hats. Before the xbox was around we used to sit around and think Microsoft was this LAME software company. now people with xboxs, think they are a "hip and cool video game company" they will not be as opposed to upgrade windows, or keep windows rather than try an apple os or linux. its really simple, VERY simple business economics. it has nothing do with my opinion.advertising is lost money. every company knows that. look at COD. the game cost 500 mil to make and they 600 mil advertising it. in the end they make money. so even if the xbox or ps3 loose money it's looked at as an advertising cost for their entire brand, not just their gaming divisions.

Zelseisdabest
Zelseisdabest

@mblaney thats one of the worst wishes ive ever heard for a Historical company like Nintendo who is doing amazingly well to not only drop out but to serve to other companies whose main focuses isnt in the gaming world. Im not a 100% fanboy of nintendo i believe all the systems have their strengths but in the "console wars" there are really only two categories, Power (display) and Gameplay...where Nintendo doesnt succeed in graphic power they always manage to keep us entertained with its long lived IP and its want to make a gamer more interactive with games (innovation) im sorry but Microsoft is an "tweener" to me and i dont really support the idea of just being in between and not coming with something original-agreed they were the first to the last gen console the 360 and it sold amazingly well but what can you say about the 360 besides its controller and online operations that are great? Now add that to what can they do next? not much...Sony has managed 3 times over to change our dailey lives ps1-cd games ps2 games and a movie player ps3 bluray Nintendo has managed to keep wowing us with great first party games while forcing the other two companies to dapple into motion controls, i think if i had to choose microsoft would hop out if nething

moviequest14
moviequest14

@legend1998 : Unless they were to say that only one were to drop out and the others stay in or vise versa it isn't ''biased''.They are giving both reasons why either would stay in or drop out.They would have to express open favor towards a certain system or company to actually be ''biased'' for or against.

moviequest14
moviequest14

@Dumachum : ''people upset with their first party titles'' Are you intentionally trying to be ironically off-target or does it just come naturally? If anything first party titles are only getting stronger...check out the metacritic scores for these ''unwanted'' first party titles... Donkey Kong Country Returns: 87 Skyward Sword : 93 (absolutely horrible right?) Super Mario 3dLand : 90 Kirby's Epic Yarn : 86..it is very much the exception to see any Nintendo game at all score lower than an 85....maybe this success is only by the critics? Actually...let's look at the 1st party sales among the fanbase..Mariokart wii : 28.23 million New Super Mario Bros. : 21.94 million ..there are actually very few major-release 1st party titles that don't sell AT LEAST a million units...but of course somehow that is all wrong and you are right..right?

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I can't wait until the WiiU comes out, then I'll go back and buy a used Wii and the 4-5 games I wanted to play on it. Did it with the N64 and Game Cube. Heck, I'll probably even hold on it it as an emulator for the 15 or so Nintendo games that are still fun to play. The future of consoles is a standard PC (or Mac) set up. If PC's were easier to buy and not obsolete in 2 years then we wouldn't even have PS4 or Xbox-720.