PS4, Xbox One sales prove console gaming is not dead, says Mortal Kombat dev

"Reports of consoles' death have been greatly exaggerated," says Ed Boon.

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Strong early sales for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One proves that console gaming is alive and well, Mortal Kombat co-creator and industry veteran Ed Boon said on Twitter today.

"3 Million Xbox Ones + 4.2 Million PS4s = 7.2 Million next-gen consoles = Reports of consoles death have been greatly exaggerated! :)" Boon said.

Sony announced today at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show that PS4 sales reached 4.2 million units in 2013, outpacing the Xbox One's 3 million by 1.2 million systems.

Last month, Xbox executive Aaron Greenberg said the strong early sales for the PS4 and Xbox One is "great news" for the industry.

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152 comments
soulless4now
soulless4now

I just said this yesterday. He stole my line like I stole someone else's line and their cookies. <3 

DinoBuster
DinoBuster

Tomorrow, Ed Boon will announce that it's Thursday, the 9th of January.

themc_7
themc_7

Who said console gaming was dead? They must have been an idiot. Console sales from this gen and the last gen were really high, so to predict that gaming was on the decline is pretty stupid. And then for this Mortal Kombat dev to say "console gaming is not dead", yeah no shit buddy, I didn't need someone in the industry to tell me that


enoslives7
enoslives7

If anything, PC gaming is dead. Consoles and mobile gaming dominate PC gaming.

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

the only people that ever said that consoles were dead were wall street analysts that were trying to either talk down a stock or pump  mobile gaming. the simple truth is if they make a good game people will buy it. If the make crap like Aliens CM well guess what it will fail.

Hurvl
Hurvl

This is a Boon for the industry.

gamingnerd121
gamingnerd121

Let's just wait and see in the coming months. :)

Conner_Macleod
Conner_Macleod

Where are these ridiculous articles about consoles not being dead and PC gaming not being dead coming from?  If you look at the sales figures for both platforms, they've only been growing continuously in the grand scheme of things, far surpassing the popularity of movies and music in terms of gross revenue, so this whole notion of it even being a topic is flat out stupid and it's a disgrace by Gamespot to even write/publish such articles when surely they know as well as if not better than most that these notions are beyond ludicrous.


What ever happened to journalistic integrity?  The only other possible logical motive for writing such articles and headlining them in this manner would be to garner views and ad revenue, which this most likely is.  It's just sad to see Gamespot go down this route of infotainment, much like the way CNN has followed in Faux News' footsteps.


I'm losing a little more respect for you, Gamespot, the more articles like this you publish.  I know you're better than this tabloidesque publishing.

hdluffy
hdluffy

I have a wii U and will get an Xbox 1 for my other fav exclusives. But let us remember the Xbox 1 is 100 dollars more then the ps4 and that must have some effect here.


I know I'd have an xbox1 now if it was $100 less.

And heck I'd have a new Surface Pro 2 if it was $300 less. lololol

psuedospike
psuedospike

"Who said they were?" -replied everyone else ever

dysonlu
dysonlu

But the Xbox One is a TV set-top box.

jhcho2
jhcho2

Never had a doubt.

DeusGladiorum
DeusGladiorum

Console gaming is dead, save for the Wii U. The other two consoles are trying to be severely under-powered PCs. Nintendo's the only one that knows what a console is supposed to be anymore. 

DrKill09
DrKill09

Yeah yeah yeah, just shut up and make MK10 for pc RIGHT NOW! 

Wish01
Wish01

In other news the bright sun proves that the sky is blue and it can warm up earth says me.


P.S. - Whoever said console gaming is dead and how is this even news?

honeycomb06
honeycomb06

Fanboys are ruining console gaiming so if it do dies we have dem to blame

electrichobo99
electrichobo99

The guy who said console gaming is dead is the same assclown who said rock is dead and punk is dead, pretty crass to me

lozandier
lozandier

Wait till consoles are  sold on China. Sony and Nintendo (maybe Microsoft if China is more welcoming of an American console than Japan) will have record sales numbers. 


Nintendo obviously needs it and the new boost of sales would be sort of a way to mask the low sales of Wii U everywhere else. 

Shantmaster_K
Shantmaster_K

I don't see it dying anytime soon. I can see something similar to Xbox One lasting though since it is a multi media gaming system.

Penguinlord1
Penguinlord1

I think console gaming and traditional PC will eventually die, but a little farther into the future when true "All In One" devices actually exist. Right now the baby steps of such devices are starting to show such as smartphones, high-powered tablets, laptop-tablet hybrids, smart TVs and so on, but they just don't have the power yet to satisfy every need. Consoles will die when demand runs out, and that simply won't happen until other devices come out that are so undeniably more convenient and powerful that people won't want a console anymore. I can't see that happening for another generation or two yet, so I think traditional gaming still has a long road ahead of it still.

Scarshi
Scarshi

I've heard the same thing about mobile phones and wheels on cars.

bubba_1988
bubba_1988

Well if Ed Boon said it, it must be true. How is this a news item on Gamespot, it should have been a retweet.

slamdunk787
slamdunk787

It is not a set top box. It is a middle box.

Monsterkillah
Monsterkillah

@DeusGladiorum If PS4 and Xbox One is an underpowered machine than what makes Wii U? an Even more severely underpowered system?

Those two system are failed because they are try to up to date with technology?

lozandier
lozandier

@Penguinlord1 You obviously don't know how big the PC gaming market is in China to state what you did about traditional PCs. 

DeusGladiorum
DeusGladiorum

@Monsterkillah @DeusGladiorum The Wii U isn't trying to be an underpowered PC. Nintendo figured out very quickly the PC hardware's R&D was inevitably going to surpass what consoles were capable of, and as such they wanted to make sure that consoles felt distinct from PCs, hence why the Wii and the Wii U, while by comparison underpowered, had a lot more to offer in terms of peripherals and innovation. On the other hand, neither the PS4 or the XBO is trying to improve or diversify gameplay at all. The primary difference between these two consoles and their predecessors is in processing power, but that means little when compared to the gap between it and PCs. I'll make my point short and sweet: There's no game that the PS4 or XBO offers that the PS3, X360, or my PC couldn't play. There's plenty that the Wii U offers to gameplay that neither the Wii nor my PC can. 

Penguinlord1
Penguinlord1

@lozandier I simply stated like console gaming, I don't think traditional PC gaming will be around forever. Sooner or later, especially at the rate that the field of Nanotechnology has been progressing lately, there will be products out there that are powerful enough to suit our needs to the point where we won't need clunky, home-only devices. Once again, we are seeing it beginning now more than ever. The world wants the latest, greatest, most convenient tech, and sooner or later clunky gaming PCs (Like consoles.) won't be part of the picture anymore: I doubt one single country like China will change that. 

DeusGladiorum
DeusGladiorum

@Grenadeh @DeusGladiorum @slamdunk787 A flatout joke that sold better than any other console in the 7th generation? And like I said, there are a huge number of people who love the Wii U Gamepad. You don't know how everyone else feels. The vast majority of people who I know that own a Wii U love the Gamepad, as do I. In addition, it's also not the only option you have, but hey, I get where you're coming from; putting illogical fallacies and complete lies in arguments just so you have some foundation on which to voice your unsupported opinion is a pretty common tactic. 

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@DeusGladiorum @slamdunk787 No one who owned a wii or owns a Wii U likes the gamepad nor did they ever like the nunchuck. They used it because it was the only option. The Wii was a flatout joke. Gun peripheral, steering wheel peripheral, "controller" peripheral, wiimote, nunchuck, get a clue Nintendo.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@DeusGladiorum @Monsterkillah Which happened years before Nintendo even started failing hardcore at making games. But, what? Wii has more to offer in terms of...anything?


Yea, no. Everything you said - no.

DeusGladiorum
DeusGladiorum

@TheBatFreak777 If your evidence to the contrary is "who cares" then why even participate in this argument? If you can't give valid reasoning then there's little point to saying anything. You say "no one cares as the functionality is not really viewed as truly enhancing game play", but who is "no one"? Are you everyone? Do you know most people who own a Wii U? Do you know half the people who've even played on a Wii U? Have you even heard feedback from 0.01% of the total number of people who've even touched a Wii U? I'm not going to wait for your response to those and make my own assumption as to the answers, so then my followup question is, who are you to say that? If even 1,000 people were to say contrary to your statement, then you'd be disproven. If even ONE person were to say otherwise, your bold assertion would be false. 


Now let's go over a few other things. You say the Wii U Gamepad is a crappy tablet with controls OR a crappy handheld device, but let's just establish it's not even meant to be a tablet. At no point was it advertised to have tablet-like features akin to something like a Microsoft Surface, so let's move onto the "crappy handheld device". Can you give me a reason why it's crappy? I don't know about your personal experiences, but from my own it fits comfortably in my hand in any position that I sit, it works accurately, it shares the same number of buttons as any other modern controller, and in addition it has its own capabilities and methods of input and feedback unique to it completely and which makes gameplay feel fun and different. Have you any idea what it's like to not have to pause to select items in the middle of a fight anymore, or to use it in conjuction with your television to solve a puzzle, or for the huge number of other things its done and possibilities it still has? To put it in layman's terms, shit's fucking awesome. Yes, they SEEM like minor additions, and for some they may in fact be, but the feeling it adds to a game is something superb. I don't know about you, but I'm wishing to hell that that Alien: Isolation game would be released for Wii U so I could use the Gamepad as a motion tracker. 


And to quickly put this back on track with my original argument: I'm not arguing that the Wii U is the next thing since sliced bread, nor am I saying its innovative controls are going to be the future of video game technology. What I'm saying is that unlike those other "consoles" it's trying to be its own device. It's not trying to compete solely in an area it simply cannot win.

DeusGladiorum
DeusGladiorum

@gaming_paradox @DeusGladiorum  The Wii remote is far from a gimmick. It's not a limitation, it's a foundation. It's as limited in scope as any controller is when compared to something with more possibilities such as a keyboard. But just as a controller offers things that a keyboard doesn't, so too does a Wii remote or a game pad offer things that another controller does not. You say the Wii mote is only good for certain types of games. Do you know why? It's because those games are designed around the wii mote, because its possibilities were explored. The game pad is far more innovative. It offers everything the Wii mote and a regular controller offers in addition to its own unique capabilities and that's why it's great. Have you even used one? The way its been put to use already is incredible, and offer something beyond petty graphics.


You're also putting words in my mouth, which I absolutely despise. Did I ever say extra processing power was useless? Not at all. Stop making inferences from things that aren't being implied. I said "The primary difference between these two consoles and their predecessors is in processing power, but that means little when compared to the gap between it and PCs". At no point did I say it was useless, but I said it means little in comparison to what a PC offers. You seem to have centralized a good portion of your argument around how much extra processing power matters. It does indeed, so then why even care about these two consoles when compared to a PC? They are inferior versions through and through, so why even bother looking at them? And that relates back to my original point which you seem to be skipping over entirely: What do these consoles offer that a PC cannot? It offers everything a PC already does, just without that extra processing power you seem to be so focused on. They are trying to be something they cannot be, i.e. sub-powered PCs. The Wii U offers something a PC does not. 

TheBatFreak777
TheBatFreak777

@DeusGladiorum

Seriously, if you think the Wii U is doing something highly innovative with their peripherals then you've definitely bought into the "hype" around this device.  

1.  Wii remote = who cares
2.  Wii U Pro = traditional controller
3.  Wii U Gamepad = crappy tablet with controls OR a crappy handheld device depending on your view


Some of the game pad to TV interconnectivity could totally be done on a regular tablet with an app along with the Xbox or PS4.  The thing is, no one cares as the functionality is not really viewed as truly enhancing game play.  Nice attempts but it obviously hasn't convinced many people at this point.  

gaming_paradox
gaming_paradox

@DeusGladiorum That's not true at all. Having gimmicks only limits the game play possibilities. the wiimote it's good for certain types of games, like mario games or wario ware. a lot of entertaining mini games. But it leaves out all the publisher that are well established. 


Now look at the progress of ps2 to ps3. All the rpgs and other games that make use of that so called useless processing power. Bigger worlds better physics and much more. But I guess you only like repeated franchises such as mario and zelda. Those games are good, but not revolutionary as you may think.


Yeah nintendo figure out that for them to stay in the game was to trick buyers into believing in their peripherals would make them unique and somehow make nintendo better.


You have it backwards. Nintendo will face hard financial problems while the other two would do better than last gen.

DeusGladiorum
DeusGladiorum

@slamdunk787 You're misinterpreting a large portion of what I'm trying to convey. Peripherals like the Wii remote and especially the Wii U Gamepad make the Wii U (and the Wii). They're used in such a way that without very similar hardware on another device, the experience can't be replicated. Conversely, the same experience had on a PS4 or an Xbox One is easily replicated on a Wii U or an Xbox 360 or a PS3, but with inferior eye-candy, and is replicated the same on a PC, but with superior eye-candy.  

slamdunk787
slamdunk787

I am sure the PC can if Nintendo would allow their games to be ported.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@brocklee5000 

Indeed. Some people, like jack_burton9456, conveniently ignore the aspect of time periods.