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August NPD 2019

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VideoGameAccountant said:

The trends and the charts are still useful. They are going to get discussed somewhere so might as well do it here.

I agree that the US needs a real sales tracker. How Famitsu and Media Create are able to do that for free is what I'd be interesting in knowing. 

Y'know, I wonder if it would be worthwhile to contact Famitsu and see what it would take for them to start tracking sales in the U.S. I mean, they're a freakin' video game magazine and they've been putting out weekly numbers for free for over 20 years. Twenty years! Maybe we do need a company that's not some nebulous market research company.

That's probably what it is. Still, it may not be as costly as it seems. I mean, this is a magazine and they are able to get numbers weekly. In the age of Patreon, it may be possible to set something up like this if we know how they do it. 



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VideoGameAccountant said:

Shadow1980 said:
Y'know, I wonder if it would be worthwhile to contact Famitsu and see what it would take for them to start tracking sales in the U.S. I mean, they're a freakin' video game magazine and they've been putting out weekly numbers for free for over 20 years. Twenty years! Maybe we do need a company that's not some nebulous market research company.

That's probably what it is. Still, it may not be as costly as it seems. I mean, this is a magazine and they are able to get numbers weekly. In the age of Patreon, it may be possible to set something up like this if we know how they do it. 

I'd gladly throw a tenner a month to support a crowdfunded "Famitsu" in the West.

And I'm probably not alone.



Update the threads, thanks for the help



More charts!

The current generation of conventional consoles continues to have its lead over the previous one eroded. But as before this is the result of a post-peak XBO having its worst year so far going up against the 360's 2011, that system's best year, causing the XBO to rack up a rapidly-growing deficit against its predecessor. Meanwhile, the PS4's 2019 is running against the PS3's 2012, a much more favorable match-up, one where the PS4 still manages to maintain a lead of over 8M units, a lead that it will likely grow some in November.

Also, the PS4 is right on the verge of 30M. Due to uncertainties in the data for the past three months it's unclear if it has passed that mark or not (the numbers I have put it at only 2700 units away), but if it hadn't already passed it by the end of August it most definitely did once September ended.



Shadow1980 said:

For the first time in three months, it's Chart Time!

As stated earlier, I used the figures that were from the #1 predictors in the Era hardware prediction threads. Except for one, they all are within or right on the cusp of the estimates provided by Herlock, so I left what I had without changing them (the exception was the August figure for the XBO, which I bumped up from 90k to 100k). The first chart's resolution is 1 pixel ≈ 5200 units, so there is probably an error of anywhere from one to three pixels for most figures over the past three months. For other non-cumulative charts, the margin of error in pixels will be larger or smaller depending on how large the numbers on the vertical axis are. Charts with cumulative sales may also have small multi-pixel margins of error.

Well, enough with the caveats. Let's get on with it.

I may post some more charts later.

hey shadow, I've been kind of a lurker here lately (mostly posting on era nowadays), but i wanted to say that your charts are really great and a major part of why i still come here. i really appreciate the effort you put in :)

i was just wondering though - why not also post them to era? I know that a lot of people there would also really enjoy seeing these. no issue of course that you don't, i'm just kind of curious as to why... just a personal preference of site i guess? 



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