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Forums - Sales Discussion - 2017 will see the first rise in total hardware sales year over year since 2008

Not very difficult when a certain comnpany decides to release 2 consoles this generation.



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That´s good news, still... I don´t believe we will see similar numbers to the pre-2012 era again. Casual gaming was the responsible for such high numbers in that era. A small part of that public may be coming back to console gaming now due to the Switch, then the increase in hardware sales.



Jumpin said:
JRPGfan said:
There was a time when it was normal to sell 80m+ total hardware units in 1 year? O_o

It only happened the two times. It was the peak of the console industry. 5 successful pieces of hardware - PSP, Xb360, and PS3 selling each above 10 million both those years. The Wii and DS combined selling about 100M units during the 2 years.

Commenting on another above post. I don’t think economic factors impact the gaming industry a great deal. 2008/2009 was the middle of a worldwide economic crisis, and console sales were higher than ever. The main reasons for the decade of decline are the rise of mobile and browser/cheap PC gaming. The sales decline ended because the declining sales of PSV, 360, PS3, Wii, & Wii U didn’t have any more room left to decline; XBOne, PS4, and 3DS holding fairly strong to 2016 numbers; and the addition of the Switch has added a lot of sales. If it weren’t for the Switch, there would likely still be a small decline we’d be at 22M, now, with 15M consoles to sell in November and December instead of 30M with only 7M to to go.

I'm not so sure. Many people lost their jobs, or went from as much work as they could handle, to begging for a 40 hour week. When a lot of people end up with that much time on their hands, especially if their depressed and just want to sit inside and mope, what better way to make yourself feel better than to pick up one of the killer consoles available and play video games on the couch?

Ever since 2008 things have slowly been getting better for the worldwide economy, yet hardware sales have been declining. Sounds like as more and more people get back to work, less and less of them have had time for gaming or just left it behind altogether.

Mobile gaming most certainly is a major factor as well. If you lost your job in 2008, and you didn't have much money, a console may not be possible for you, but mobile would most likely fit the bill. Once your hooked on mobile, and you get back to work again, especially if your travelling, your probably sticking with mobile, or waiting to Switch in 2017.



Dr.Vita said:
Not very difficult when a certain comnpany decides to release 2 consoles this generation.

There is no such thing as a generation anymore.



GuyDuke said:
Dr.Vita said:
Not very difficult when a certain comnpany decides to release 2 consoles this generation.

There is no such thing as a generation anymore.

Yeah we moved on to having eras /s 



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The dedicated handheld market's decline, caused by the Vita's failure and the 3DS's inability to replicate the success of the DS (the latter being something we should have expected regardless of any other factors), is entirely responsible for the lack of any growth in total gaming hardware sales. Home consoles actually saw growth in 2014 thanks to the PS4 & XBO.



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