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Which platform will have the most hardware sales? (with gaming in mind)

Playstation 9 30.00%
 
Xbox 4 13.33%
 
Nintendo 8 26.67%
 
PC 8 26.67%
 
Mobile 1 3.33%
 
Total:30

The year is 2030, a small startup company has developed a universal game engine perfect for any type of game and capable to run on any kind of hardware and OS. Stupid CEOs have all jumped on the idea to sell all of their games on every platform to make even more money, completely forgetting how useful exclusives can be to sell hardware. So now people got used to playing any game wherever and companies trying to re-introduce content exclusivity in any form are successfully boycotted out of existence.

- To make things simpler, we will only use Playstation, Xbox, Nintendo, PC and mobile as platforms.

- Exclusive software and hardware features as well as subscriptions are allowed. That includes peripherals that may enhance gameplay.

- Due to the nature of hardware and software restrictions not all games will have the same fidelity on each device but they all have the exact same gameplay and content.

- Crossbuy does not exist, people forgot to protest for that. However cross-progress does exist so people will be able to play on the same account on each device. They will have to buy the games separately on each platform, though.

- Exclusives up to 2020 releases are allowed to stay exclusive to the respective platform(but don't have to). Successors to said games will not be exclusives.

Ok, I hope I didn't forget any stipulations. So now the big question is: 

Which platform will reign supreme in sales? Which will go out of business? Which new platforms may arise? Will the whole gaming industry crash? What will the new console wars will be about?

PC and mobile will only count if bought with regular gaming in mind.



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One important note: A company may still have the most revenue and profits even if they do not have the highest hardware sales if they create popular games.



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In that case, I think people would be fine just buying "generic game console" or like "Samsung box" ... like do you care what brand your cable box is? You just care that it gets all the TV channels you want.



If every game would come to any platform without any kind of exclusivity, there would be dozens upon dozens of different brandless gaming consoles. So trying to see which of the big three would sell more would be moot. PC would still be the leading platform, though.



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Voted for Xbox but the true is whatever who sells consoles for the lowest price and had the more consumer friendly approach



Probably go PC then?



Because of gamepass service and controller, i pick Xbox



vivster said:

- Due to the nature of hardware and software restrictions not all games will have the same fidelity on each device but they all have the exact same gameplay and content.

They all have the exact same gameplay and content :') it's heaven



PS would still be the best selling console. It's the most popular in more of the world than any other console already so considering brand name would now be one of, if not the, biggest factors it would be the best placed to do well.

Nintendo, if they still sold consoles, would still do well, for the same reason as PS, it's popularity just isn't as wide spread. To be honest I think they're the least likely to still make consoles if everything were fully multiplatform though. They'd probably take the biggest hit sales wise, as in more people buy their consoles for the exclusives than any other console. And the incentive doesn't seem there for them as much. They're primarily a software company, compared to Sony being a hardware company.

Xbox would still exist, but it wouldn't even be in the running for top selling hardware, guess it isn't now either, so there wouldn't be much difference.



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