The System Wars was a subject in the New York Times recently. More specifically, Microsoft's great shift away from hardware and unit sales and instead focusing on software and services. In this case, for Microsoft, the numbers don't lie...
"So she decided to study how Game Pass affected gamers’ behavior. Microsoft said on Thursday that it found that people using the service spent 50 percent more money overall on games and played 40 percent more games than nonsubscribers."
I'd urge you system warriors to read this one! It's not often we're written about in the NYT. :P
... But more seriously, articles like this make me feel like the system wars are dead. The passion for gaming is still burning bright, and we all have opinions, but who's playing this system wars game if the companies themselves are playing a completely different game. What's your barometer of success? Does it matter if companies are playing different games?
For me, I've given up on the need to own physical media... Its much more in line with my lifestyle to download everything. It also makes sense to potentially pay for a service where a library is available to game anytime.
So what say you System wars? Did you read the article? Do you like the disruptors of our hobby? Microsoft is certainly here because they disrupt the industry with ideas like Xbox live and gamepass... What does it mean to you that gaming is making a shift to a service focus... One that will, by the numbers, INCREASE your gametime... And spending!