PlayStation 4 has sold 20 million units world wide since its inception, making it the fastest selling console of all time. Nothing else has ever come close to comparing to the overwhelming consumer reception and support that Sony has received for its console. Outside of the PlayStation 4, however, there isn’t anything that has really made people say “wow” about this console generation. For the most part, it has been a disappointment for many reasons. While the PS4 has thrived, many games and other competition have found ways to blunder through and made it one of the more puzzling console generations to date; not to mention one of the least competitive. Why is this so? Why have gamers become a bit disgruntled, or have been so since the start of the console wars? Has this generation helped or hurt gaming in general? Here are Five Reasons why it has underwhelmed overall, and a look at its affects on gaming as a whole.
5. The Wii U was Announced Too Soon and Became Obsolete in the Competition:
Say what you want about where the Wii U fits in for Nintendo in terms of generation, but in the consoles retrospect with how it falls in conjunction with previous life-cycles, the Wii U actually kicked off this generation. I know that many say that it belonged in the previous console generation because of how it stacks up graphically and in terms of internal components, but that is simply not the case. Let’s not forget the Wii was the best selling console from the previous generation of console sales for the first few years of its existence, and not only that the best selling console at launch until the PS4 came around. The Wii U, however, came at a weird time for many people because it came in between the two console generations that we think about. While it got things started, stateside, the Wii U launched on November 18th of 2012, a full year (minus 3 days) before the PlayStation 4 came out. While it had the ability to be competitive with the previous consoles because of its ability graphically to withstand the same tests, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One stepped in and crushed its abilities making it an exclusive-only console. Nintendo has done a good job of supporting the Wii U and many are satisfied with its offerings that own one, but in terms of being a contributing factor to the success of the generation, the Wii U has been an Achilles heel.
4. The Xbox One Announcement:
The Xbox One put a damper on the hope that the console would compete with the strong showing from the PlayStation 4, after the PS4 announced its pricing strategy, and ability to support used titles still for another set of years to come. Microsoft took the stage knowing that they had some mighty shoes to fill with all of the excitement that Sony brought to the table and then crushed it like a bug flying around your house. If anything could have ruined 2013’s E3 any more than the announcement of the Xbox One, I would love to know. However, while people were praising PlayStation beyond belief for the job that they had done, the Xbox community that had been so strong during the previous round of consoles was losing people in flocks. The Xbox One costing a full $100 more than the PlayStation 4, and forcing a camera on people that no one wanted in the Kinect 2.0, seized the market for Sony and they have not looked back since. The Xbox One proved how hard it can be to bring forth a new console with ideas that support developers, but how no consideration for the consumers can deflect all hope of sales really fast. Xbox One sold over a million units in the first 24 hours of being available, though that number came from Worldwide sales instead of the one million units that Sony sold in the U.S. alone.