Also, agree with you on games coming out sooner. Of course people aren't going to plop down tons of cash for a system with very few games. I'd also like for them to avoid announcing games at launch that don't come out for 5 years. That's some bullshit right there.
It seems like the nature of the business. It makes much more sense why they make those announcements so prematurely when you say it that way. As you said, people stopped waiting and started buying because of premature release windows or announcements.
It seems like the main offenders of today's development times are mainly the Japanese releases (which is understandable in some ways). From what I can gather, they have been MGS4, GT5, FFXIII, FF Versus XIII, and The Last Guardian; the FFs being the worst offenders. One exception is Killzone 2, I suppose, though that's a special case since it was a pre-launch reveal that also marketed the console as a result.
As for the topic, I don't think PS3 has ACTUALLY surpassed X360 worldwide due to the variables explained earlier, but if PS3 continues to narrow the gap, it's only a matter of time before it becomes reality. 2013 is a relatively big year for PS3. There are both strong exclusive support (God of War: Ascention, Beyond: Two Souls, The Last of Us) and multiplatform support dealing with numerous franchises that are historically more successful on PS3 (MGS: Revengeance, FF XIV, Lightning Returns: FF XIII, Tomb Raider, and maybe DmC). As Xbox continues to have low software strength, so I'm willing to bet the console will outperform Xbox globally by the end of the year.
All Sony needs this year is a solid holiday season solution in software that will be able to compete with Xbox 360's inevitable release of the next Dance Central for Kinect. As usual, Sony's lineup is top-heavy (Their biggest blockbuster titles are coming out in Q1 or Q2).
Better yet; if GT6 or MGS:Ground Zeroes can miraculously release this year (though unlikely), it's a done deal.
Is it safe to assume the PS4 will cost $400?
I am not really surprised by this at all, Sony always seem stronger on world sales
I'm pretty sure PS4 will be out this fall, their 2013 lineup to my knowledge is all coming in the first half aside from the likes of Puppeteer and whatnot, but even they launch after PS4, it'll be no different from when GoW2 released after the PS3, Sony can do that since they have so many studios.
This is still going?
Ps3 > Xbox360
This is PSU
So, I've been right all along.
This generation really was a re-play of the Sega Genesis vs Super Nintendo gen after all.
No surprise here. It was only a matter of time before the PS3 took the lead on the 360.
It's the best console this generation with the most critically acclaimed library of games. There are many gamers who will look back at the PS3 as the greatest console of all time.
I agree, ps1 was very innovative. I logged in way more hours on it. To the point I had to turn it upside down to play games.
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It's the story of the Hare and the Tortoise. Microsoft started off strong but then grew complacent and slacked off, and so the Playstation finished the rat race with a bang.
Thats not to say they have done worse elsewhere. Its been a 1:1 sell rate in the rest of the world, which means neither was more or less popular overall elsewhere.
People talking about PS3 big year this year is odd to me. Once the new Xbox comes out this year who's actually going to care about the current gen games, especially if something such as the open world game Watch Dogs is a launch title. Or since Turn10 hasn't made a Forza in a long time they're probably making the next Forza a launch title.
Just hope Sony is right there along with them but it's doubtful since this is a big year for the PS3. Even if Sony does announce something if the release date is anything other than this year (2013) they're lying about the release date. Add 3 months to a year then you're in the ballpark.
Even though I don't think its actually happened yet it will eventually. Took the whole gen but they got it done. Good job.
MS got what they wanted 1:1 sales in the markets they competed in. Plus a years lead in those markets.
What MS must be wondering still is how do they ever crack Japan.
Or do they even bother?