Well, before reading this, consider this an open essay about the current stats of the videogame console-war. Many fanboys/girls will always be following a specific console hating everything, good or bad, that's out of their reach thanks to their "fidelity" to their consoles. I know about this I used to be one of these people a long time ago, personally now I see this useless. I buy a console for its games and if I like a game that's on another console, I buy the other console, easy!
What motivated me to write this was Sony's current state, Nintendo's resurrection & Microsoft's strong position. No person inside the industry is as blind to see that this is the key-year for the willing of this generation of consoles. Whichever the desitions the companies are gonna take this year will be the consequences that'll write the history of this videogaming era and generation.
I know I'll get no profit for my point of view, but this won't demotivate me for placing my thoughts here.
With just one month after Metal Gear Solid 4 release, we have to wait and see about this killer app from Konami/Sony. Let's not forget about the fact that Sony has Final Fantasy XIII on its side. The Square-Enix game release is expected by the end of this year, probably around christmas, smart move since this is the best time in the year to sell consoles (the second best in America is holydays around July 4th). If Sony plays this two Aces really good, with a strong marketing, they may start making some serious profit, if they ever make any with the PS3 as every quarter year they report loses on their console division. On the other hand Nintendo seems to have dried up from its big licenses, but this company always suprised me, so I think they've got something hidden as usual. Microsoft is a close second next to Nintendo in America, they'll do well in this console-war exept in Japan where its console's sales are poor. They are on a strong position on America right now.
Nintendo has gotten into a position where they have the dominance over the market. They can easily start the next console's transition as soon as they see it convenient. If they bring more killer apps nothing will stop them. After this big success of course they're not going to fade out into shadows, that'd be a stupid desition. What would any of us do? That's right! Just take a part of our profit and make another smart investment as the Wii and *voilá* big success again! And if not big success, at least you won't be left behind on this market.
Microsoft will surely be doing good on this and on the next-gen war. They should change their marketing group for Japan ASAP and try to make a new image out of themselves there on the rising sun land. As Microsoft, my main competition right now is Sony. This may sound as a cliché but I'd do anything to get the FFXIII franchis, or to develop a game capable of stoping its inminent onslaught.
And as for Sony, after MGS4 and FFXIII they must have achieved a big demographic expansion, otherwise they will have BIG trouble, I've read somewhere that this may be their end as they are on the same position as SEGA was some years ago with their Saturn (when Sony defeated them with their PS1). But this isn't the best comparison: Sony's PS3 is selling ok, their PSP is a success and has still resources from another divisions. Anyway, if they don't win this console war it wouldn't suprise me, but they won't come on a poor last place, they'll get a strong 3rd or even 2nd place next to Microsoft.
Let's wish luck to these 3 companies and demand them good quality titles, we don't but their consoles because technical specifications, we buy them because of their software (games). And please, don't ever get into corporate arrogance as history shows us that corporate greed causes most companies to miss the long term economical gains over a short term loss of licensing revenues (every big company has fallen into this: Atari, Nintendo, Sega and now Sony).
Now I'd like to hear your comments whether you're a student, a housewife, or a doctor and whether you play videogames or don't.
Thanks for reading.
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