Sony has announced their sales number for the PlayStation 4 consoles and it comes in at 6 million. The Microsoft equivalent, the Xbox One, has sold nearly 4 million thus far. Both game consoles were released around November 2014 just in time for the holiday buying rush. Both PlayStation and Microsoft bragged about how great their sales were going to be. They companies were clearly competing for the most games and consoles sold globally and especially in the U.S. Sony beat out the Xbox in cumulative sales for now, but the important point is that neither console did very well in overall sales.
Earlier generations of flagship consoles have sold much better, indicating there may be trouble ahead for the console market. The customer base seems to be shrinking and this is bad news for both Sony and Microsoft. With less demand, this directly impacts game studios and game development. It is hard to tell exactly how dire the situation is because the makers of consoles have not been as forthcoming with numbers as they usually are. Their hesitance to release data is a big clue that things may not be going as planned.
Numbers are down, compared to how many consoles were sold in 2007. The Wii U has taken a nosedive and Xbox One’s sales are way down as compared to the Xbox 360. Additionally, the cost of developing and producing console games continues to rise, while sales go down indicated a less than bright future for console gaming. These market problems may lead to market contraction as mobile devices take over and people chose to spend their free time in other ways. There are many ways to amuse yourself and maybe the time of the console has passed.
from Douglas MacFaddin’s Video Game and Media Page http://ift.tt/PuA3bp