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RexNovis said:
Farsala said:

You misunderstand, I am saying 360 and PS3 did fine with the PS2 pricecuts during their reign. But XB1 and PS4 late gen sales may suffer since last gen never got pricecuts. People who adopt consoles or 2nd consoles late, may never have done that with 360 and PS3 and then those people bought XB1 and PS4. Which leads to inflated early gen sales and a short tail end. Brand awareness will then suffer for next gen PS5.

Of course the dynamics of PS4 neo and NX will probably change these thoughts as well.

Hmm that's an interesting theory but I don't know if it holds much water. Especially if the rumors of a mid cycle refresh are true. The OG PS4 and XB1's could become the price conscious entry points for the brands and the newer boxes could then reap the rewards of that brand awareness as they slowly become more affordable/attractive to that consumer base. It's an exciting time for the industry and I'm really excited to see how this shift towards scalable models pans out in the eyes of consumers. 

Honestly I think it will always just be a theory. And even if I am right with sales trends, a generation is affected by many things. So I would never be able to prove it explicitly. But I personally feel the lack of pricecuts is affecting the industry negatively. But it is for a good reason for the console manufacturers and big publishers, as they will see more profit.