The PS2 trounced the competition. Nothing, including the Xbox, was even close. Sony's second console eventually became the best-selling video game system in history at over 150 million units sold worldwide.

But are those days gone for good? The PlayStation 3 has finally outstripped the Xbox 360 in terms of global sales count, but that's thanks mostly to Japanese and European sales. Microsoft's console definitely rules in this country; there may be no chance the PS3 can catch it. Although it might if sales continue to rise even after the PS4 is announced. Anyway, looking ahead, could the PS4 be a bigger seller in the US than the Xbox 720 (or whatever it'll be called)…?

These days, it's difficult to envision. Not only does Microsoft appear to have the casual gamer in its back pocket, there also seems to be much better advertising for Xbox products in this country. Sony has come on as of late, promoting various exclusives relatively well, but nowhere near as effectively – or as frequently – as Microsoft. Furthermore, as the Xbox has always specialized in Western-oriented software (and sadly, most people in this country don't care much about JRPGs anymore), it seems less and less likely that PlayStation will ever dominate in the US again.

But who knows? Crazier things have happened…

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TheHighlander
TheHighlander
8 years ago

If Sony dominates the Global market, will they really care if they have a rough fight in the US market? Quite apart from anything else, the profit margins in this market are abysmal.

I'm sure that they'd like to lead in the US, but I bet they'd trade leading in the US for leading Globally.

shadowscorpio
shadowscorpio
8 years ago

Good point. Sony is a global business as are its competitors in the console gaming market. It makes little difference if one leads by a slight margin in one territory when the other leads substantially worldwide.

TheIllusiveMan
TheIllusiveMan
8 years ago

I honestly believe the first "good" console to hit will always be on top for a while. If they really do have as close of release dates as rumored, I'm going to have to say Sony Will come out on top regardless.

The only reason most people I know even got the Xbox 360 is because it came out first or because their friends had it. With the PS4 being out by the end of this year, unless the new Xbox somehow manages to come out a few months earlier, I don't see it being the primary choice anymore.

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
8 years ago

No but like Highlander mentioned I doubt Sony cares if they're leading globally.

Buckeyestar
Buckeyestar
8 years ago

I think they can, but they've got their work cut out for them. Once upon a time, people referred to playing video games as "playing Nintendo". Then it became "playing Playstation". In the here and now it's Xbox. It's a matter of changing mind sets, which is not easy to do.

Killa Tequilla
Killa Tequilla
8 years ago

I wonder how Microsoft dominated this gen for a good couple of years after Ps2 sold as many as Ps3 and 360 combined.

FatherSun
FatherSun
8 years ago

I was an excellent strategy on the part on MS. Smoke, mirrors, supposed questionably acquired technology and a full year head start coupled with an onslaught of media that captured the mindshare of the gaming industry. I am simply astounded how this was accomplished. Considering that you had a one in 3 chance of having a DEAD BOX.

MartyRules
MartyRules
8 years ago

Honestly it's unlikely, microsoft would have to massively mess up for that to happen. The hate for Sony here is crazy, I know alot of people that are already saying ps4 is trash and nextbox will be better lol

ChaseHammer
ChaseHammer
8 years ago

If xbox will be better has yet to be seen but the PS4 has turned me away from Sony. If Microsoft can pull out a better console then I will get theirs. Its simple, stop screwing your customers.

Evil Incarnate
Evil Incarnate
8 years ago

How are they screwing their customers? I saw nothing in the PS4 reveal that screws over consumers. Did they talk about a new PS4 feature that takes your money and spits in your face?

Underdog15
Underdog15
8 years ago

How are they screwing customers? By adding new features that also appeal to a broader audience? It's not like they are taking anything good away.

ChaseHammer
ChaseHammer
8 years ago

Man you guys are brainwashed. When is making you pay for the same things twice not screwing you (as it all your PSN purchases do not transfer to PS4). Then adding crap features about "social interactions", who the hell wants someone else to play their game save for them, that is the most stupid thing I have ever heard.

SayWord
SayWord
8 years ago

chasehammer likes to throw the word brainwashed around to compensate for his stupidity. no one is saying get rid of your ps3 when getting a ps4. they arent making you buy the games twice. and ill be damned if they dont do some work around for that. as for social features is one of the best moves sony can do. i might of been nice for calling you stupid but you must be a moron if you dont think microsoft already focused on social features long ago abandoning games altogether.

dont put on your big boy pants when you clearly havnt gotten there yet.

ChaseHammer
ChaseHammer
8 years ago

Im not saying Microsoft is better or doesnt have social features but whatever. Also the whole reason you get a console and a game is to play the game YOURSELF not have someone else play it for you. Why dont you just not buy anything and allow someone else to play it and call it your game, same thing.

Im a moron because I dont like the PS4? Whoa watch out your words really hurt, however will I survive?

Evil Incarnate
Evil Incarnate
8 years ago

@ChaseHammer

You're jumping to conclusions that you won't be able to play them on the PS4 at all. You just can't play them "natively". That does not mean you will not be able to at all.
Direct quote from Shuhei Yoshida-

"No," Yoshida said, when asked about any current-gen PSN game being natively supported on the PS4. "Unless, somehow, some games work on emulation. The easiest thing technically would be to make PS1 games work on PS4 through emulation. But we aren't talking about our emulation plans as yet. There are two ways: emulation or cloud service. But native support, no, sorry. We could do so if we choose to. We know who purchased what as a record. But we are working on service plans, and we haven't decided."

No one is brainwashed, dude. It's just that some people like to wait for facts before getting pissed at things. Don't get all dramatic before you actually know all the facts. And no one does at this point.


Last edited by Evil Incarnate on 3/1/2013 1:42:13 PM

FatherSun
FatherSun
8 years ago

It is a KNOWN FACT that SONY will FORCE you to buy PS3 games for the PS4. Whether you want them or not. Sony staff will actually come to your house and break your fingers if you do not submit.

They considered putting a PS3 console into the PS4 but it wouldn't fit. I suppose you can just glue them together. Problem solved.

Seriously though, PS4 is not even fully announced. Things can and will change. If you have a PS3 hold on to it. If you trade it in them expect to repurchase games. Sony is NOT REQUIRED to provide backwards compatibility. It is actually a perk.Believe it or not.

Underdog15
Underdog15
8 years ago

Why would I need a new system to play my games from previous systems? How is that brainwashed if I play my old games on my old systems?

More like… common sense, really.

If you ask me… being tricked into believing you HAVE to pay for anything is what is brainwashed.

jugheadjones
jugheadjones
8 years ago

FatherSun. Is that true? Are they gonna break my fingers? OMG! I'm charging all of my Move controllers, as we speak; just to be safe. lol

Amnesiac
Amnesiac
8 years ago

My friends who happen to be XBOX enthusiasts always use the same argument time and time again.

Xbox has PS3 beat in
online gaming
Halo and Call of duty see above: (online gaming)
throw Gears of War in there too
oh and
[Xbox live is a better interface I'll admit to that]
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but I say Heavy Rain trumps Alan Wake
God of War beats Gears of War
and Metal Gear: Guns of the patriots
is superior to Halo

Underdog15
Underdog15
8 years ago

Not only that, but your arguments in favor of PS3 aren't even the best ones! 😉

Honestly, XBOX arguments are ok arguments for why you should own an XBOX. They are definitely not good arguments for why you should get one INSTEAD of the PS3. Big difference.

slugga_status
slugga_status
8 years ago

Heavy Rain and Alan Wake are two different games. Same with God of War and Gears. Same with Metal Gear and Halo. You can't say one is better than the other when they're in different genres.

PoopsMcGee
PoopsMcGee
8 years ago

How 'bout Uncharted man?

Underdog15
Underdog15
8 years ago

Sure you can, Slugga!

Chrono Trigger is better than Mobile Suit Gundam: Crossfire!

See?

slugga_status
slugga_status
8 years ago

Lol technically you can Underdog. Like Super Mario Bros 3 is better than GT5.

But seriously, you can say one might be more fun than the other..To say it's better than a game in a different genre is strange..

Underdog15
Underdog15
8 years ago

I know. I was just messin' with ya.

I used the gundam game because it doesn't matter what genre you compare it to… it really is just bad.

Beamboom
Beamboom
8 years ago

There is this feeling inside of me that the tables might be turned this time around. It's too early to make any rational assumptions yet, we need to get to know the next Xbox first, but I am very optimistic.

I am willing to bet that during the first, say, three years the PS4 will take the position the X360 had during that same timeframe, with the Xbox fighting to regain market shares.

I think Sony being first on the ball makes a huge difference, but also the launch itself seem to have gone remarkably well.


Last edited by Beamboom on 3/1/2013 1:04:22 AM

Amnesiac
Amnesiac
8 years ago

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A reply to
SLUGGA-STATUS
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I Can in a fair way compare all those games I have mentioned because it all comes down to playability and likeability.

Which is a better movie?
Madea returns from jail
or Batman: Dark Knight Rises

On one hand Madea's hijinks and "fish out of water" back story will supply you with one maybe two laughs
whereas
Batman won't provide the comic relief from watching some of Madea's antics but is hands down the better of the two movies.

Heavy Rain and Alan Wake?
is a difference between
having to watch a decent episode of
The XFiles (Heavy Rain)
or sitting through a season of
The Following (Alan Wake)

slugga_status
slugga_status
8 years ago

That's more so a preference or taste in games. Not a true comparison. I have all the games you mentioned on both consoles. That's like comparing CoD to God of War. Two different genres. If you are talking about playability and likeability then that's a personal opinion and not a comparison.

I'd think you'd compare Heavy Rain with The Walking Dead. Halo to Resistance or Killzone.

clockwyzebkny
clockwyzebkny
8 years ago

I have some theories as to why Microsoft gained a huge market share this generation:
first console out
(mostly american) media bias against the ps3
dropped support for original xbox immediately (fans were more inclined to go next gen)
sony still concentrated efforts with ps2 (Ex GOW 2)
No major AAA games for ps3 launch after year headstart from 360
ps3's price
ps3's bad and also non existent advertising
gears of war debutted a little b4 ps3 launch
lazy developers berating Sony's proprietary Cell
ps3 debutted around the same damn time as the Wii
xbl community
many who got rrod bought new 360's (believe it or not I know guys who were on their "15th" 360!)

In all honesty these factors could and should have the 360 in a comfortable lead But the ps3 has edged the 360 out

As of now the ps4 has generally favorable reactions and acclaim. Honestly, i believe the new Microsoft console has to really show its worth. Based on the specs, exclusive games, open system and developer enthusiasm i think it will be a harder fight for Microsoft this gen

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
8 years ago

15th?
Talk about hardcore.

Dukemz_UK
Dukemz_UK
8 years ago

More like stupid

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
8 years ago

Hardcore in a stupid way.
Yea, that's more like it.

FatherSun
FatherSun
8 years ago

HARDHEADED seems more accurate.

FatherSun
FatherSun
8 years ago

HARDHEADED seems more accurate.

Caanimal
Caanimal
8 years ago

The only "factor" I have an issue with, and always have for that matter, is the "price too high" one…. Take a look at Blu-Ray players at the time, the one that came in my 60 gig PS3 was at the time one of the best, and it was less than HALF the cost of the closest competition, THAT right there made it worth it's money IMO, even if there wasn't much of a selection for BRs at the time, and it's still the only BR player I own… All the rest I totally agree with Clock.

Oh, forgot to mention that I too know someone who has bought a total of about 15 for him and his family, 3 of them going to nieces/nephews… He himself switched to PS3/Comp after his 5th personal 360 got the blue screen…


Last edited by Caanimal on 3/1/2013 7:38:35 PM

Amnesiac
Amnesiac
8 years ago

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SLUGGA-STATUS
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Fair enough.

There are some games that capture my attention more than others.
most happen to be on the PS3 thats all.
(but I still want to play Lost Odyssey
Ace Combat 6 and Fable sometime)

Fabi
Fabi
8 years ago

I don't think it ever will. The 360 just had the luck of being released when online gaming on consoles became HUGE, and Sony at the time was messing up big time. I can't imagine all those kids who are on x-box live turning their backs on it now. It's more than just the console now, it's the experiences they had on x-box live with their friends.

clockwyzebkny
clockwyzebkny
8 years ago

Yea that's also true. I've spoken to a couple of xbox fanatics (my cousin included) and i get the same reaction. They say if they do get a next gen console it'll only be the xbox. They're not interested in the hardware, exclusives etc. My cousin was telling me this while setting up his new 360 slim he bought to replace a malfunctioned 360!

Caanimal
Caanimal
8 years ago

Gotta love "Sheeple"… Poor poor mindless SOBs…

kraygen
kraygen
8 years ago

Honestly I doubt they will, it seems the majority of American's are technically illiterate especially in the case of gaming hardware. I don't see it improving any time soon either, the mass public that is choosing to pick up a gaming console tend to just get whatever the see the most on tv which we all know will be a microsoft product.

ulsterscot
ulsterscot
8 years ago

they better not ship such a shoddy product this time – the rrod frequency should have killed off the 360 early on – I guess when you have invested in games etc its hard to switch over.

I'm not sure about the 360 leading with online play – yes they (me too) have Halo – but the COD numbers for the PS3 are not to far behind the 360 and Battlefield is about even.

Im thinking cost is a big reason the xbox suceeded – the 360 hid its real cost very well – ironic considering by the time you buy the wireless adapter, rechargeable batteries for the controller and a gold membership – it turned out more expensive than the PS3.

The new Xbox is rumoured to have less juice than the PS4 and is to be more of a media box. My big concern is that Microsoft will put pressure on multiplatform developers to ensure games developed for the PS4 are no better than the weaker 720.

Underdog15
Underdog15
8 years ago

True. Last time I checked VGChartz earlier this week, PS3's Black Ops 2 had outsold the 360's Black Ops two. (For that week. Not overall)

shadowscorpio
shadowscorpio
8 years ago

Well Sony worked with the devs for the ps4 so if that's going to be the cas with microsoft , sony better be ready to counter/prevent it. I really DO NOT want a repeat of this current gen.

clockwyzebkny
clockwyzebkny
8 years ago

I really hope That doesn't happen. Nothing's worse than a game system being hampered because the limitations of the other

Anonymous
Anonymous
8 years ago

Probably not. Sony has it tough convincing a group of 08-25 American male video gamers who get raging hard-ons over being able to talk trash with other horny, hungry teenage boys who love to talk the talk but wouldn't have the guts to walk the walk. Sony's ads were pretty weak but so were Microsoft's. Other than the GoW ad from 2006, most of MS's commercials were lame and condescending; which was enough to get pathetic 13 year-olds hard for some reason. I can't believe American teenage boys actually get erections over overpriced, shoddy hardware and proprietary add-ons.

Then, they go to the websites where people of ambiguous sexuality like Mitch Dyer who call themselves "journalists" lie to the American idiots who believe the paid-off BS coming out of their keyboards as gospel.

Microsoft's success is from siphoning money from dumb Americans with peer pressure issues who think being able to talk trash with other losers who are giving video gaming a bad name is cool. I have no clue why teenage boys get erections over this. So despite the shoddy hardware, being forced to buy proprietary peripherals and being forced to pay for online play, that's enough to choose MS? To talk to other horny teenage boys who badly want to bone the likes of Nicki Minaj and Megan Fox? Unbelievable.

This is why video gaming is doomed.

As I said, Sony needs to take the gloves off and attack these idiots with advertisements telling them how they wasted their money and how stupid they are for being swindled. Too bad in the dumbest and most idiotic country in the world, the U.S.A., that's easier said than done.


Last edited by n/a on 3/1/2013 8:51:25 AM

SirLoin of Beef
SirLoin of Beef
8 years ago

Your idiotic post is more condescending than anything MS has put out.

Anonymous
Anonymous
8 years ago

What's so idiotic about it, bro? It's an honest opinion of video gaming in 2013.

SirLoin Of Beef? That's the best you could do for a username?

SirLoin of Beef
SirLoin of Beef
8 years ago

Calling Americans "stupid", the USA the "dumbest and most idiotic country in the world" has nothing to do with gaming but with your idiotic views of the world.

Anonymous
Anonymous
8 years ago

Your country features more stupidity than any other nation on Earth, bro. If you're too arrogant and oblivious to realize that, then I'm sorry.

BTW, I've been to Detroit. Typical American city: filthy, dirty, dangerous and violent and full of casinos and unfriendly people who are full of themselves. You must be proud to live there.


Last edited by n/a on 3/1/2013 11:32:12 AM

SirLoin of Beef
SirLoin of Beef
8 years ago

Don't be sorry. I'm quite content in living in my country, regardless of its flaws. And since you seem to care about what I'm sleeping on, my sheets are light blue.

And no, Detroit isn't a US typical city. That there shows how little you know about my country.


Last edited by SirLoin of Beef on 3/1/2013 11:38:45 AM

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