Thoughts on the brewing next-gen console war?
I wanted to spur some discussion about the brewing next-gen console war, and how Sony is winning right now (but probably not for the long run) because Nintendo and Microsoft have sunk themselves in the public eye. Consumers in this country subscribe to a groupthink. They back whatever their peers and advice columnists approve of and rebel against what others disapprove of. Both Nintendo and Microsoft have suffered huge PR defeats with the Wii U and Xbox One, respectively. I'm not well versed on the gaming industry anymore but for Nintendo, there are claims they're not keeping up with current trends and lacking third party developer support, and with Microsoft, their DRM, "always online", and used game policies are causing a lot of distress.
It's pretty obvious to me what Microsoft's plan here is. They want to make money off of the console industry. They put policies in place to help themselves and their developers make more profit and stop leaking profit. It was a business decision that backfired with consumers, but it looks like they're holding firm with most of their choices. Sony is a money leaking corporation (Nintendo is becoming one too). They make great industry decisions, but their business feasibility is poor. I think Microsoft has essentially stopped pursuing the typical "gamer", they're trying to attract the business of the average person, someone who isn't looking for games alone on their devices. I think it's a great business decision, whereas Sony, who's share price is only a third of what it was in 2007, will continue to suffer if they don't adapt to the harsh reality of doing business in the gaming world. That is, the growing competition from mobile phones, active used game consumption/game sharing, and increasingly expensive development and production costs that are demanded to create leading edge, top-of-the-line video games.
Long story short: For next-gen consoles, Sony is making consumer friendly decisions, Microsoft is making business decisions. Who will win out?