Microsoft and Sony Changing Console Games

1402019244000-Halo5-Primary-TeaserArt-Horizontal-RGB-FinalConsole games have seen better days. The once dominant game entertainment source has fallen behind with the dawn of mobile devices and other sources of casual games. However, Sony and Microsoft are working to make consoles exciting and relevant by releasing the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. Both Sony and Microsoft are attending this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo. This event is the largest in the United States for the video game industry. Their goal for this conference is to bring serious gamers who are currently on the fence about the consoles to come over to their side. The CEO of Insomniac Games, Ted Price said, “it’s surprising a lot of people. Before this generation launched, there were a bunch of skeptics who said that consoles were dead and that we’re not going to see any excitement around them because of mobile and the resurgence of the PC. Clearly that is not the case.”

Both of the companies have had pretty strong sales of their new gaming consoles, proving that there is still interest. Still, some are concerned that this wave of customers will not last. There is momentum now, but will it stay? Also, can the Wii U by Nintendo compete with so many other that offer a similar product? There are also many mobile options, like versions of free to play games such as, League of Legends and Hearthstone. A Sterne Aggee analysts, Arvind Bhatia notes that “E3 will be critical in helping investors decide if the early success of Xbox One and PS4 is sustainable beyond the early adopters.”

Right now, Sony is selling the best after 7 million PS4s have left the shelves. Their dominance over the Xbox One may have to do with their $399 price tag compared to Xbox’s $499 cost. There are other differences between the consoles. Song is just for games while the Xbox One provides you with a complete home entertainment network that includes Netflix, Hulu Plus, etc. An analyst for Digital World Research, P.J. McNealy summed it up this way, stating that Sony really “nailed the messaging at launch, which was games, games, games, and not this nebulous entertainment platform.”

from Douglas MacFaddin’s Video Game and Media Page


Published by: Doug MacFaddin

Douglas Willis MacFaddin was born June 16, 1961 in the Miamisburg Hospital to Patricia Ann MacFaddin and Richard Willis MacFaddin. My mother’s maiden name is Morrison and she is the youngest of seven children who were raised in Lycippus, PA. My father was the second of four children and was a twin. He was raised in the town of Viola, DE. At the time of my birth, my father worked at the Mound Laboratories in Miamisburg, Ohio in research. Mound was an Atomic Energy Commission facility for nuclear weapon research during the Cold War. My mother made a home for our family. My father passed away in 1991 and my mother is currently living in Avon, CT. Doug MacFaddin is the oldest of five children (Doug, R. Stuart, Anne Marie, Megan and Mary (Heather)). I lived in Ohio for two years, spent the next seven years in Murrysville, PA (outside of Pittsburgh), moved to Little Silver, NJ and relocated my senior year in high school to Avon, CT. My four siblings currently live with their families in Avon, CT and are members of St. Ann’s Church. I attended Mother of Sorrows School in Murrysville, PA. In NJ, I attended Little Silver Point Road School, Markham Place School and Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) in Lincroft, NJ for three years. My senior year, I attended Avon High School and I then spent the next four years at Union College, Schenectady, NY. I received a BS in Industrial Economics and graduated in June 1983. While at Salomon Brothers, I was asked to attend a two-week seminar for Public Finance at the University of Michigan in 1986. In Little Silver, I was involved in Troop 126 where I achieved the rank of Life Scout and was both a Patrol Leader and a Senior Patrol Leader. I also was an alter boy at St. James Catholic Church and spent summers a the Ship Ahoy Beach Club in Seabright, NJ and caddying at the Rumson Country Club. At Christian Brothers Academy, I wrestled for the varsity squad for three years. I took second in the districts my junior year and went on to the regionals. I also ran on their cross country team freshman year and was part of the CBA Colt team that hasn’t lost a duel meet since 1973. My senior year at Avon, I won the wrestling States (S). I went on to wrestle at Union College and qualified for the Div III nationals twice (1981, 1982) and was co-captain both years. My senior year at Avon, CT, I also won the States (S) in pole vaulting. It was the first time Avon High School had a state champ in two sports in the same year. During my four years, I earned nine varsity letters between wrestling, track and football. In 1979, I was accepted into The National Honor & Merit Scholars Society. Upon graduating from Union College, I accepted a position at Salomon Brothers Inc in August 1983. I was an analyst in their Public Finance department at One New York Plaza. I lived in Park Slope, Brooklyn and spent the next four years working at Salomon Brothers. As a result of Black Monday, October 19, 1987 the Public Finance Department of Salomon Brothers was jettisoned to conserve capital. By November 1, 1987, I was working at Dean Witter Reynolds in the new Public Finance Department made up of many of my former Salomon Brother’s colleagues. The new Department was located on the 57th floor of 2 World Trade Center.

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