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How the heck did Sony manage to retake the console market again?

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The fact Sony got rid of most of PS3's critiscism (except the CELL architecture obviously) during the PS3 lifespan has a lot to do with it.
If you look at 360 and Wii last few years on the market, 360 mostly had Kinect exclusives and multiplats and Wii had some shovelware every other month, while PS3 had quite a few highly rated exclusives.
They also introduced the biggest features of the competition mid gen, namely motion gaming and a more stable PSN.
Thus when the PS4 came out, the level of satisfaction with the PS3 was higher than the one of the Wii and 360.



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Fact is that Sony never had "catastrophe" or failed console, yes PS3 sold less than PS2 and Wii, but still was pretty successful console with sold 85-90m units, not some kind of Wii U faile like OP sounds.

IMO its much more interesting how Nintendo after GC won last gen, how MS after original Xbox made very successful Xbox360, or how Nintendo totally failed with Wii U after their biggest success with Wii.



Sony does what nintendont and Microsoft never could. Sony is the only brand that excels in first, second and third party offerings simultaneously. their offerings are larger and more eclectic gamers who enjoy tastes from the east and west. Microsoft has passable first party but good third party and an amazing online system. Nintendo has the opposite where they make Amazing games and lack the proper os and third party. Sony has everything they all have that's good.



Azuren said:
AsGryffynn said:

This. Nintendo didn't really try. MS stumbled... before proceeding to fall over, bum up... 

More like "Walked out on stage and began to dismember itself, inch by inch, with a hacksaw".

It's not that bad... Also, exclusives genuinely do not matter *cough**cough*Wii U... 



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    Seems gamers want classical genres, indie, retro, and Japanese games again.  Western military versus shooters may have finally run their course. Even NFL is facing declining audiences in the US. Hopefully the sun has set on the western dude bro gamer demographic dominating and dictating the game market.

     

    Nintendo and Sony were never really competitors (most all who have one have the other) and Microsoft let their greed and narrow demographic pandering show too much.



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    Tmfwang said:
    Flilix said:

    Especially this. PS3 wasn't extraordinary unpopular and PS4 isn't extraordinary popular. PS4 is just selling better because the concurrention is a lot weaker.

    Concurrention?

    do you mean competition?

    I do. For some reason I thought 'concurrention' was an English word.



    FattyDingDong said:

    Usually when businesses lose their glory they never go back and redeem themselves the same way. Nokia phones are one example, they were so huge in the 90s and ever since the introduction of smart phones they are almost forgotten now.  Sony managed to dominate the home console market ever since the 90s up until about 2006-07. We can all probably agree that the PS3 was a major blow to Sony; after being so successful with PS1 and especially with the PS2 now Sony was losing big portions of the market to Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Nintendo's Wii. Sony did invest in quality first person exclusive games for PS3, which helped them a lot, but I must admit that I was almost certain that future Sony consoles (if there was any) would never live up to PS2's glory days. On the other hand I was certain that Microsoft would capitalize on the success they had with the 360 and they would at least maintain their strongholds in NA and Europe.. However we all know how things turned out.. PS4 is now dominating the console market again they are outselling Xbox 1 both in NA (its main stronghold), Europe and Japan. 

     

    Now, we can all give many reasons as to HOW Sony managed to come back from catastrophe and lead to success again..   But what do you think are the top reasons this happened.  

    Sorry mate, but when I read the last 2 lines, I stopped to take seriously your Topic. Did you call PS3 Era a catastrophe I mean, Sony won in Europe with PS3, came second in the Global at the end, delivered some of the best exclusive games, and you called this a catastrophe ?  Am I reading right ?  Maybe you can call WiiU half a catastrophe, but you can't with PS3 or X1, for example.



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    KLXVER said:
    A combination of learning from their mistakes and the other two fucking up.

    Pretty much this..



    S.T.A.G.E. said:
    Sony does what nintendont and Microsoft never could. Sony is the only brand that excels in first, second and third party offerings simultaneously. their offerings are larger and more eclectic gamers who enjoy tastes from the east and west. Microsoft has passable first party but good third party and an amazing online system. Nintendo has the opposite where they make Amazing games and lack the proper os and third party. Sony has everything they all have that's good.

    Exactly. Sony has the 1st party strength of Nintendo combined with the 3rd party strength of a console that is powerful enough to host multiplat games.



    AsGryffynn said:
    Azuren said:

    More like "Walked out on stage and began to dismember itself, inch by inch, with a hacksaw".

    It's not that bad... Also, exclusives genuinely do not matter *cough**cough*Wii U... 

    Exclusives don't matter without multiplatform, and vice versa. 

     

    Wii U: Great exclusives, nonexistent multiplatform. 14.1% Market Share 

     

    Xbox One: Great multiplatform, nonexistent exclusives. 29.2% Market Share 

     

    PlayStation 4: Great multiplatform, great exclusives. 56.8% Market Share 



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