Who says game consoles are flirting with death?
Given the recent next-gen sales numbers provided by Sony and Microsoft, it seems a trifle ridiculous to say that game machines are dying. Or so says industry veteran and Mortal Kombat co-creator Ed Boon. As he said on Twitter :
"3 Million Xbox Ones + 4.2 Million PS4s = 7.2 Million next-gen consoles = Reports of consoles death have been greatly exaggerated! :)"
Microsoft revealed that they had sold over 3 million Xbox One units worldwide as of December 31, 2013. Not to be outdone, Sony followed that announcement by saying the PlayStation 4 had hit 4.2 million sold as of December 28, 2013. The fact that the PS4 outstripped the Xbox One by about 1.2 million units isn't what's important; what's important is the health of the industry and we really needed this boost. 2013 was an abysmal year for gaming, so perhaps theories concerning the possible demise of game-oriented consoles was inevitable.
But clearly, they're not going anywhere just yet.