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Will the next generation consoles deliver?

Posted by: on Oct 24, 2014 | One Comment

The eighth generation of console gaming is upon us. With the release of the Wii U a year ago and the recent launch of the Playstation 4 and Xbox 1, games are only beginning their rise to the top. Games now generate higher sales than Hollywood blockbusters. Grand Theft Auto V sold an estimated 11 million units in its first 24 hours, which means $800 million in revenue. Compare that to the highest grossing film this year, Iron Man 3, which saw an estimated 6.8 million tickets sold on the same opening day or $68,858,555. That means 4.5 million more people bought GTA V. That’s nearly the population of Alabama! We have even seen some leading men and women of Hollywood staring in games. Could interactive entertainment replace all other forms of entertainment?

The Playstation 4 and Xbox 1 both sold an excess of 1 million units in their first 24 hours on the market. With most retailers selling out, these are the most sought after consoles ever. But they are not without their issues. The Playstation is falling into Microsoft’s old trouble of overheating, giving a “red line of death.” Giving consumers flashbacks and causing them to believe that their new next-gen unit was bricked. Fortunately, if you give the system a moment to breath, it seems to bounce back ready to go.

The Xbox 1 suffered some negative publicity during its pre-launch, when Microsoft pushed the “Always On” feature of the system. This was quickly pulled with because of the outcry from consumers. The system also took a hit when it was announced that it was unable to render Call of Duty: Ghosts in full 1080p compared to the PS4 which could. Recently, users have been reporting a grinding sound emanating from the unit when a game is inserted. Microsoft is replacing units that are experiencing the issue. Microsoft has also been experiencing issues with Xbox Live on the new system, with users claiming that they are unable to access the store front and play online. However, both companies saw their previous generations of systems face issues, but eventually hit their strides. So, while it may take some time, I believe the new systems once all the bugs are cleaned up, will see the same success as the previous releases.

Unlike the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox 1, Wii U has experienced no running issues since its launch last year. Nintendo has carved out its own unique place in the market where I don’t feel they compete with Microsoft and Sony. With sales of the Wii U not meeting expectations and the Xbox 1 sales in Europe in a matter of days reaching the Wii U lifetime sales it seems that what appears to be a flawless release by Nintendo is going largely unnoticed. Wii U games are some of the highest rated in reviews, yet it seems unable to give Nintendo the home run they scored with the Wii. Proving when it comes to the living room that bigger just might be better.

    1 Comment

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      mattew crorkz
      October 24, 2014

      iEaNzG Incredible! This blog looks exactly like my old one! It’s on a completely different topic but it has pretty much the same layout and design. Outstanding choice of colors!

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