It’s now been over a year since Street Fighter V was confirmed to be a console exclusive for PS4, although not a full exclusive due to the PC release. It was later confirmed that there will never be an Xbox One version of the game released. Looking at past sales and how popular the series is, the PS4 has got an exclusive that is going to bring in console sales.
I know some will say, but what about Rise Of The Tomb Raider? That’s an established series, and Tomb Raider (2013) also sold very well. Rise Of The Tomb Raider didn’t sell consoles for the Xbox One, and didn’t do too well in sales either. The difference between the two is that Street Fighter V is a console exclusive forever, and will not be coming to the Xbox One. With Rise Of The Tomb Raider, it was always known that a PS4 version would be coming in 2016 so there wasn’t a need to get an Xbox One to play Rise Of The Tomb Raider. If you’re a fan of Street Fighter V who only plays on consoles and only owns an Xbox One you will have to buy a PS4 to play it.
There is also the fact that Street Fighter V is releasing at the absolute perfect time. Street Fighter V releases on the 16th of February, and will be the first major AAA video game release of 2016. It’s not competing with any big titles at all, and it’s coming out not too soon after Christmas which has always hindered sales for January video game releases, and is why the month is usually avoided for big games. It also means that people will have more money to buy the PS4 too, it’s not a coincidence that Street Fighter V is getting a console bundle release also. Sony as well as many others expect this to sell consoles, and it will do that.
Although I’m not trying to turn this into a Rise Of The Tomb Raider Vs Street Fighter V article, it must also be mentioned that the release date choice was extremely poor for Rise Of The Tomb Raider. It went against Fallout 4, and a week later Battlefront was releasing. Both video games did unbelievable numbers, and it was quite obvious weeks prior that Rise Of The Tomb Raider would be effected from this, especially console sales wise.
So to sum up why I feel Street Fighter V is a console seller in bullet points
- It’s releasing with no competition near by.
- It’s releasing with enough time for people to have enough money after Christmas spending.
- It’s an established series that sells really well.
- It’s an actual console exclusive, and not timed.
Do you agree with the points that have been made in this article? Do you see Street Fighter V as a console seller for PS4? Or will it do nothing for PS4 console sales? Let us know in the comments section.