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Is Xbox gaining momentum and shifting it from PS?

Yes, they are def gaining momentum 12 19.35%
 
Yes, they are gaining mom... 17 27.42%
 
Nah, Sony is still getting all the headlines 19 30.65%
 
No, not at all 14 22.58%
 
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The tide is turning. I am seeing record high sales for Xbox , record high engagement for Xbox, and record high tweets about Xbox. The gamepass strategy is working, and what a phenomenal one two punch was the release of Forza and Halo Infinite . All day one on gamepass. 

back in 2014 Sony heavily invested in cloud gaming with Gaica. Releasing PS NOW with over 100 (now around 800) PlayStation games spanning from tbe ps3 and PS4 era. They have improved the platform by adding downloads, 1080p streaming, a better interface. But the content is abysmal still to this day. While gamepass happily adds GTA SAN, FORZA, HALO, THE MEDIUM, and more incredibly high budget games. Sony continues its trickle of game releases with FF ps1 era games, maybe a game or two that’s a budget title nowadays like Mafia or Nier. Although ps5 is sold out, Xbox is also sold out, in fact it’s not that much of a gap. Gamepass has from what I’ve last heard over 20 million subs. And gaining rapidly. Ps now is barely over 3 million. What is most important here is that forza launched as the most successful Xbox game launch because of gamepass . Despite being a niche racing game. While Jim Ryan mentioned he hates that some iconic games are limited to the console user base of PS (all 116 million of them.) games like ratchet and returnal together have only seen 2 million units vs Forza which has been played by over 6 million people. Will Xbox start pushing money to 3rd parties to release ASSASSINS, COD, and more day 1 on gamepass ? Why even own a console at $500 when you can x cloud these games? 

xbox and Bethesda are looking prime to dominating the gaming landscape with AAA ip. Deathloop although currently ps5 console exclusive, will receive a sequel. And is currently the front runner for GOTY. Psychobauts as well. These are all Xbox first party. With them being available day one on gamepass and $70 on PS (maybe because the next games will likely be Xbox exclusive) the value of owning an Xbox is growing. 

in fact with XCLOUD, you can now stream series x games onto the Xbox one from 2013. And getting a series S seems to be paying off. For 299 you get a platform that can stream the best Xbox games. This is turning into a shift in my opinion. Will gamer A buy a ps5 and spend $70 on the same game or will they buy an Xbox and get the game for free with gamepass? Honestly it’s turning into a situation that Sony has to respond with something. It looked like they were doing something with the PS PLUS collection but I’m not sure if that’s going to be enough to take any attention away from the shifting of momentum towards the Xbox side. Any thoughts? 

Last edited by leo-j - on 17 November 2021

 

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You're playing with fire xD

I'm of the opinion that Sony doesn't have to do anything. Sony has dominated the gaming space since the original PlayStation, minus the PS3 which still sold over 80 million units. Sony is of the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" business model, and it works. PS5 is well on track to selling over 100 million units in its lifetime, and their first-party games are always going to sell gangbusters. They could definitely add to the value of PS Now, which they have partnered with Microsoft in adding Azure to shore up their streaming, but do they need to go all out in putting out their own competing Game Pass service? No.

I'm fine with them adding their games to PC to bring in a substantial amount of additional revenue.

I'm fine with all 3 companies doing their own thing and all 3 being competitive. Which it does look like this will be a very competitive generation! 



I don't think so. Sony has a ton of exclusives coming up and the PS5 is still selling out.
Doesn't look like there's much pressure on Sony to copy Gamepass.
Both Playstation and Xbox can and will do just fine with their own respective strategies.



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You're playing with fire xD

I'm of the opinion that Sony doesn't have to do anything. Sony has dominated the gaming space since the original PlayStation, minus the PS3 which still sold over 80 million units. Sony is of the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" business model, and it works. PS5 is well on track to selling over 100 million units in its lifetime, and their first-party games are always going to sell gangbusters. They could definitely add to the value of PS Now, which they have partnered with Microsoft in adding Azure to shore up their streaming, but do they need to go all out in putting out their own competing Game Pass service? No.

I'm fine with them adding their games to PC to bring in a substantial amount of additional revenue.

I'm fine with all 3 companies doing their own thing and all 3 being competitive. Which it does look like this will be a very competitive generation! 

I agree with this. Sony's thing has always been great exclusives and not their digital service and that seems set to continue with the ton of exclusives they will have next year. Frankly i am sure no one qould be buying a PS5 for its PS Now service so that is irrelevant. 

I think it is great for MS that Gamepass is doing so well and they are getting kudos for their games this year, but the key will be them sustaining this and keeping the goodwill up by following up with games equally as good in the forthcoming years.



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Sony don't need to do anything. They seem to have a good balance of adding decent games on PS+ which are for keep compared to what you get on games with Gold, and releasing decent amount of games on PSNow.

The PC sales seem to be doing fine and this is before releasing juggernauts like GOW and Uncharted.

Bethesda is great, and I will miss Doom, but Bethesda do glitchy games with average graphics and gameplay. They do one thing well which is dialogue options and content, but even then, it's not great. Witcher is a great fix as are games like Mass Effect.

Halo is a big IP and the free MP has gone down well. I can see Sony doing this with some of their games.

Sony just needs to stay adding PS5 games to PSNow. It's a year old now. Adding games like Little Big Adventure, Godfall can't hurt their bottom line that much.



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Nah. Sony doesn't care. Unless the GP really takes off and starts threatening Sony directly then I'm pretty sure their copy-paste department will manage to come up with something workable in a relatively short period of time. Technically speaking, this is much easier done than creating a cloud service. Also, when it comes to online, Sony has a track record of doing exactly what MS does, just a few years later, so I'm pretty sure that gamepass like service will come to PS, eventually.



don't get how the math works but I think the majority of people paying for gamepass is not paying for Xbox gold. Or they sign up for 2 months, play all the games they want to play and cancel. Which in turns leads to people buying less games on Xbox (60 dollars). All in all may not lead to higher revenue or players lol. About Xbox catching up to PS in sales, I don't think so? Cant really compare when there's a bottleneck in supply.



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