While it’s the norm that gamers break down into their own fanboy-ish categories based on which consoles they prefer, one thing is indisputable: sales numbers don’t lie.
Regardless of how many arguments you hear on forums (or even in opinion pieces posted by gaming journalists across the web), what people are buying with their dollars is ultimately what drives the market. Estimates suggest (based on the latest next-gen sales figures) that the PS4 will continue its upward momentum, while the Wii U remains in steep decline. The IDC (International Data Corporation) recently released their projections that the PS4 will reach the 50+ million mark by 2016, thus putting any hopes that the Xbox One will catch them firmly out of reach, that is unless Microsoft makes some major design changes by next year (more on that later). As you know; I’ve been following the sales side of this war fairly closely over the last few months, and have pointed out on several occasions that the PS4 is currently outselling the Xbox One by a clean 2:1 margin.
On the Nintendo front, the once-powerful gaming juggernaut just posted a loss of nearly half a billion dollars (with everyone pointing to the Wii U as the albatross dragging them down).
Are we experiencing the shortest honeymoon period of a next-gen launch cycle in history? Tomorrow we’ll attempt to answer that question, as I delve into these sales figures to analyze where this trend is headed.