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Hopefully this will shed some light on how things really are. And hopefully put an end to this specific brand of  sensationalism on the internet these days.

Looking at platforms from the last 3 generations, NOT INCLUDING HANDHELDS.

GEN 5 TOTAL: 144M

 

  1. PSX 104M
  2. N64 32M
  3. SS 8

 

GEN 6 TOTAL: 211M +37%

 

  1. PS2 157M
  2. XB 25M
  3. GC 21M
  4. DC 8M

 

GEN 7 TOTAL: 265M +27%

 

  1. Wii 101M
  2. PS3 83M
  3. 360 81M

Not as flashy as graphs but you get the general gist. And this is just looking at the last 3 generations. Every generation there has been more than a 20% increase in combined console sales. So I reeeeeeeeeeaaaallllly don't know where this whole doom and gloom nonsense comes from. But hey, if we really want to add handheld gaming to this list, then by all means lets do it properly. ADD the IOS and ANDROID device sales there too!!!!!! Cause while they may not be gaming on the PSP, vita, DS or 3DS anymore, they sure as hell are gaming on their phones. 

EDIT: And something else about the last generation. It was combined the most expensive console generation in history. In the PS2's 5th year, you could buy a brand new PS2 for under $150. As at the launch of the PS4, no to hell with that.. right now, six month into the new generation, a brand new PS3 is still around $250. If sony and MS can somehow make the PS4/XBO get to as low as $200 in say three years, this gen will also put up some crazy large numbers.



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bubblegamer said:
We're supposed to see how the industry is collapsing and therefore the disastrous X1 sales are understandable?

I think you hit the nail on the head. 



Sigs are dumb. And so are you!

Dedicated handhelds won't last much longer, home consoles still have some life in them though.



I think it's fair to remove handhelds from the comparison.



Great thread.

Be interesting if you could do separate handheld and home console charts to see how large the drop off has been for each segment. I suspect home consoles will pick up quite nicely over the next 3-4 years once the initial transitionary lag period is over. Handhelds on the other hand have no chance.



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The industry is what it is, there's still an audience, it just will never be what it was last generation probably ever again.

It will revert back in size to the PS2/GCN/XBox era.



Intrinsic said:

Hopefully this will shed some light on how things really are. And hopefully put an end to this specific brand of  sensationalism on the internet these days.

Looking at platforms from the last 3 generations, NOT INCLUDING HANDHELDS.

GEN 5 TOTAL: 144M

 

  1. PSX 104M
  2. N64 32M
  3. SS 8

 

GEN 6 TOTAL: 211M +37%

 

  1. PS2 157M
  2. XB 25M
  3. GC 21M
  4. DC 8M

 

GEN 7 TOTAL: 265M +27%

 

  1. Wii 101M
  2. PS3 83M
  3. 360 81M

Not as flashy as graphs but you get the general gist. And this is just looking at the last 3 generations. Every generation there has been more than a 20% increase in combined console sales. So I reeeeeeeeeeaaaallllly don't know where this whole doom and gloom nonsense comes from. But hey, if we really want to add handheld gaming to this list, then by all means lets do it properly. ADD the IOS and ANDROID device sales there too!!!!!! Cause while they may not be gaming on the PSP, vita, DS or 3DS anymore, they sure as hell are gaming on their phones. 

EDIT: And something else about the last generation. It was combined the most expensive console generation in history. In the PS2's 5th year, you could buy a brand new PS2 for under $150. As at the launch of the PS4, no to hell with that.. right now, six month into the new generation, a brand new PS3 is still around $250. If sony and MS can somehow make the PS4/XBO get to as low as $200 in say three years, this gen will also put up some crazy large numbers.

one flaw when comparing gens, they don't last the same time, gen 7 started in 2005 we are 9 years further, the gen before started in 2000 and lastest only 5-7 years



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Soundwave said:
The industry is what it is, there's still an audience, it just will never be what it was last generation probably ever again.

It will revert back in size to the PS2/GCN/XBox era.

And you think that is a bad thing????? For them???? Its shocking how many people don't seem to know how this industry works. Yet we all come here and play stat analysts. The least some could do is actually understand what and why the numbers change and how it affects them. Its really the people that aren't seeing the whole picture that thinks the industry is in bad shape.



Intrinsic said:

Hopefully this will shed some light on how things really are. And hopefully put an end to this specific brand of  sensationalism on the internet these days.

Looking at platforms from the last 3 generations, NOT INCLUDING HANDHELDS.

GEN 5 TOTAL: 144M

 

  1. PSX 104M
  2. N64 32M
  3. SS 8

 

GEN 6 TOTAL: 211M +37%

 

  1. PS2 157M
  2. XB 25M
  3. GC 21M
  4. DC 8M

 

GEN 7 TOTAL: 265M +27%

 

  1. Wii 101M
  2. PS3 83M
  3. 360 81M

Not as flashy as graphs but you get the general gist. And this is just looking at the last 3 generations. Every generation there has been more than a 20% increase in combined console sales. So I reeeeeeeeeeaaaallllly don't know where this whole doom and gloom nonsense comes from. But hey, if we really want to add handheld gaming to this list, then by all means lets do it properly. ADD the IOS and ANDROID device sales there too!!!!!! Cause while they may not be gaming on the PSP, vita, DS or 3DS anymore, they sure as hell are gaming on their phones. 

EDIT: And something else about the last generation. It was combined the most expensive console generation in history. In the PS2's 5th year, you could buy a brand new PS2 for under $150. As at the launch of the PS4, no to hell with that.. right now, six month into the new generation, a brand new PS3 is still around $250. If sony and MS can somehow make the PS4/XBO get to as low as $200 in say three years, this gen will also put up some crazy large numbers.

Thank you, this tells the real message, being that the handheld market is collapsing with increased competition from mobile and tablets. Home consoles on the other hand have been steadily growing, and will likely continue to grow as the developing world continues to become more affluent with more disposable income. You prob won't see growth in the US, Western Europe and Japan, but in South America, Eastern Europe, China and East Asia, it'll continue to grow. 

For further trend points, Gen 3 sold 77 million home consoles and Gen 4 sold 100 million home consoles. 



kirby007 said:

one flaw when comparing gens, they don't last the same time, gen 7 started in 2005 we are 9 years further, the gen before started in 2000 and lastest only 5-7 years

Nope, it doesnt matter. Cause those platform holders are making money as long as that generation is in existance. Do you realize that if they had their way every gen would be a 10yr cycle? Do you think they like the idea of starting a new generation just when the have hit their largest install base?

PS2/XB era was cut short cause MS had to abandon the failure the XB was and strategically jump started a new generation to get a year in on sony. It worked. Nintendo abandoned the wii cause as a gaming platform (when considering the gaming model) it was failing. Its no benefit to them having a 100M consoles out there if no one is buying games on them. The games they sell after getting the console into your home is where the money is.

If any one of sony/ms/nintendo could get 100M ppl to buy their console in its first year in the market, they wouldn't care if it only sold 5M consoles in the entirety of its second year. Cause if that console satys on the market for 5 years, then they have 5 years of 100M ppl buying games.