In 2013, Sony and Microsoft made big news by releasing the next generation of their acclaimed gaming consoles. The Playstation 3 and the Xbox 360 had their reign for nearly 7 years, and while the consoles still run fine, the next generation of console were sure to please gaming enthusiasts. However, if you thought the “Playstation 3 is better than Xbox 360” was controversial, you will certainly think the argument surrounding the two consoles is more heated than ever. In January of last year, we concluded that the Playstation was the better option for consumers. Consumers seem to have agreed. In this article I will give a quick peek into 2015 for both gaming consoles.
There is no doubt that 2014 was Sony’s year. While Microsoft was recovering from a plethora of marketing and strategic errors, Playstations were being purchased off of the shelves like no other. Ultimately, some have estimates of nearly 5 million more Playstations being sold than Xbox Ones. Sony also ended up with more promising exclusives.
While Microsoft did have a good line up, Sony handed out The Last of Us, which may very well be the greatest video game ever produced, seriously. In terms of pricing, the Sony Playstation is perceived to be far greater. In addition to having a console that costs 100 bucks less than the competition, Sony also announced that users will be able to play co-operatively online, as long as one of the two has the software purchased. This is in direct contrast with Microsoft’s classic policy of all persons needing to own the appropriate software to collaboratively take on missions in a new game. This allowed Sony to easily say they have the more cost-friendly option for next-generation consoles. When the public heard of that and flocked to the arms of Sony producers, Xbox was forced to aggressively cut the price of their console.
Now many would argue that the main factor in determining which console will have a more successful 2015 is the exclusive titles. Exclusive titles are what initially drove the sales of the two consoles in the first place, and still does a great job in pushing consumers to one side or the other. Now this year alone, Sony is dominating the exclusives battle. In 2014, the PS4 had some pretty interesting exclusive titles, that were ultimately dwarfed by the magnitude of some of the titles that Microsoft was releasing.
All that is changing this year. So far, we know of Street Fighter V, an HD, next-generation remake of Final Fantasy VII, and Uncharted 4. Even if Sony were releasing just one of these editions of one their acclaimed series, it would be a solid year. But when you have at least three mega-titles releasing all within a few months of each other, it certainly can sway the opinion of the general public. You should be able to expect a huge turnaround in the exclusives battle, which may make the Playstation 4 the overall superior console.
Is all hope lost for Microsoft fans? Absolutely not. Some analysts predict the Xbox One to take over and assert its dominance on the market this year, due to the fact that they are now selling a Kinect-less version of the console. Unfortunately, there are flaws in this argument. Simply taking off $100 will not wash away the negative perception that the Xbox has garnered over the last two years, and selling a Kinect-less Xbox is like selling an ice cream cone without the cone. There’s just much less fun.
Some say that it will surge in 2015, but consumers will likely continue to look at the Xbox One as the under-powered, watered-down Playstation 4. The lack of indie games, killer apps, and the litany of unforgettable moments will keep Microsoft underwater.
The message is clear, if you’ve read this far. Playstation will continue its reign as the topconsole, if they can simply not screw up. This one is theirs for the taking.