Game cubes are up against each other in a fierce battle and there is a gaining gap between sales of the PS4 and the Xbox One. A few months ago the gap was in favor of Sony by about 1 million devices. Now that gap is even larger to the point that Microsoft is now unwilling to publish their sales. They have gotten around this by only showing how many units they’ve shipped. This data doesn’t really show anything when you try to compare their sales with Sony, a move that Microsoft is aware of and embracing.
Meanwhile, Sony is proudly advertising their sales numbers, touting the 7 million PS4s that have been sold. Microsoft has let it slip that 5 million Xbox have been shipped to stores, which gloomily indicates that even less game devices have actually been sold to customers.
There isn’t a big difference in quality between the two gaming systems. They both perform well and have a fair amount of games to choose from. The only difference that seems to be holding consumers back from the Xbox is the price. Even though they both offer, essentially, the same thing, the Xbox costs $100 more than the PS4. The reasoning behind the steep price for the Microsoft device is Microsoft’s Kinect. Some are fans of Kinect, but there are many that are critical of it. If Microsoft wants to have any future with the Xbox One they have to cut the price down, which means cutting Kinect. This would be the best option for the company moving forward with sales of this product, but they are most likely not going to embrace this option. Microsoft is still caught up in the dream of creating a complete living, entertainment, and gaming device. The problem is, this product isn’t ready yet. The voice/gesture system doesn’t work and it’s not selling.
Other options for the company include cutting the disc drive and simply cutting the price without changing anything else. Whatever path they chose, Microsoft must change something to make the Xbox One a success.
from Douglas MacFaddin’s Video Game and Media Page http://ift.tt/1jwJgal