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It looks like Sony is continuing to dominate consoles sales, where according to the latest sales data from VGChartz, Sony has eclipsed Microsoft by nearly 100%.
Sony has racked up 23.2 million sales of its PlayStation 4 console, while Microsoft trails behind severely with just 12.8 million. Nintendo is actually not doing too badly, with 9.7 million Wii U consoles sold to date. If we shift over to monthly numbers, Sony continues to smack Microsoft around, selling 617,578 consoles while the Xbox One saw just 272,955 sold. Nintendo on the other hand didn't have a bad month, with 141,426 Wii U consoles sold.
The Chinese government's decision to allow foreign game consoles to be sold to consumers initially gave Microsoft and Sony hope - but both companies face a number of challenges while promoting the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
By the end of the year, both new generation consoles are expected to sell just 550,000 units combined, according to the Niko Partners market research firm. There could be a major sales boost when AAA games such as Call of Duty launch in the country, but game catalogs for both consoles are rather disappointing.
"Despite China being a predominantly PC online gaming culture, Chinese who are now 26-35 years old grew up in the days of Nintendo Super Famicom consoles and are accustomed to playing games with a controller via TV," said Lisa Cosmas Hanson, founder of Niko Partners, in a statement published by Bidness Etc.
In the dawn of the 1990s Nintendo entered partnership with Sony, set to produce a console partnered between these two technology giants. Apparently this partnership wasn't to last, with Nintendo focusing on the N64 and Sony working on its first PlayStation release instead. With a claimed 200 models of this 'Super Disc' produced, it's said that this piece of gaming history was found in an box belonging to an old Nintendo employee.
Brandishing a SNES-style controller, a cartridge and disc slot and line-out through the power of RCA, it seems that this console hasn't seen the light of day in some time. It's also been stated that the owner isn't sure if it even works, completely devoid of a power pack to test it out with.
There has been a push for more games to be pushed across from PC-only platforms to console in recent years with Minecraft instantly coming to mind. Next up is the third-person MOBA of SMITE, set for an Xbox One beta launch on the 8th of July and coming complete with Australian servers too.
Currently operating in closed beta, SMITE brags its placement as the first major MOBA to reach across to the console audience. Hi-Rez Studios' Xbox One Senior Producer, Andy Andersonm, stated in a recent press release that "We're delighted to offer SMITE communities the best possible experience on PC and now console," however mentioned no competitive announcements for this upcoming release.
SMITE offers a global championships for its PC audience, seeing a $2.6 million prize pool offered earlier this year in Atlanta. It seems console is left out, for now.
Sony announced its 1TB PS4 Ultimate Player Edition just over a week ago, but we didn't know what type of differences there would be between this model, and the older 500GB models, but now we do.
The new 1TB PS4 Ultimate Player Edition is the 'CUH-1200' model, up from the 'CUH-1000' that the 500GB arrives as. The new CUH-1200 model is 10% lighter than its predecessor, and has a rated power consumption of 230W, down from the 250W on the 500GB PS4. The new 1TB PS4 has real-world power consumption that is much lower than the previous model, down 18% from 148W to 122W, which is a great improvement in power efficiency.
On the back of the new CUH-1200 model, the port layout has changed slightly. Additionally, the number of hidden screws after the void seal has been removed have been reduced from four, to two.
The HDD bay has been changed too, with the board size being noticeably smaller.
Nintendo plans to launch its next-generation NX game console sometime in 2016, and its supply chain manufacturing partners will begin initial test production in October, according to a report published by Digitimes. Mass production won't begin until next May or June, with a rumored July console launch, the article claims.
The NX is said to be a home console, but additional details have been extremely scarce. We know that gaming legend Shigeru Miyamoto won't be involved much - and Nintendo is worried Sony and Microsoft would steal ideas from its new console.
In addition, Nintendo wants to be prepared to ship around 20 million units during the first year of release, which would be an extremely strong product launch. Since launching in 2012, the Wii U has shipped about 9.5 million units worldwide - and looks like it will become the poorest selling console in Nintendo's history.
The Microsoft Xbox One is being handily outsold in Europe by the Sony PlayStation 4, with the PS4 holding 70-90 percent market share. Microsoft understands the importance in the European market, and the company is going to try to find ways to better compete against Sony.
"We need to do better in Europe. When I look globally, mainland Europe is definitely an area we want to focus on," said Phil Spencer, Xbox boss, while speaking to Edge magazine. Microsoft hopes to win over some gamers during Gamescom, a gaming-focused trade show in August that will be held in Cologne, Germany.
Spencer said the Xbox One "does really well" in Latin America, and is fighting Sony in the North American market.
Sony is dominating the European market, where during a recent interview with VG247, Sony Europe President Jim Ryan saying that Sony has nothing less than 70% marketshare in every European country.
Ryan explains: "We have a very significant market leadership. We have market leadership in every country in Europe, and have very significant market leadership in continental Europe. Extremely significant. I don't think marketshare's any less than 70 percent, and frequently greater than 90 percent in continental Europe".
During the interview, Ryan said that the PS4 is still seeing "very considerable" momentum at its current price, with the company adding that it has no plans to cut the price anytime soon. Ryan added: "We're happy with the price and we're happy with the value proposition. We'll leave it where it is for now".
Nintendo hasn't had the best run with the Wii U, with Nintendo's legendary designer Shigeru Miyamoto talking with Fortune recently, where he had some interesting things to say.
There have only been 9.54 million units sold, making the Wii U the slowest-selling Nintendo console of all time. During his interview with Fortune, Miyamoto said: "I feel like people never really understood the concept behind Wii U and what we were trying to do. I think the assumption is we were trying to create a game machine and a tablet and really what we were trying to do was create a game system that gave you tablet-like functionality for controlling that system and give you two screens that would allow different people in the living room to play in different ways".
It was all bad timing with the tablet-like controller with the Wii U, where Miyamoto added: "Unfortunately, because tablets, at the time, were adding more and more functionality and becoming more and more prominent, this system and this approach didn't mesh well with the period in which we released it. I still feel it was a very novel approach - and a very interesting idea".
But what about the next generation NX console from Nintendo? Miyamoto teased that he is stepping back from its development, where he said: "Of course I am observing and looking at the hardware, but I am not actively participating and making decisions".
Sony isn't interested in directly offering backward compatibility so PlayStation 4 gamers can play their PlayStation 3 titles on the new generation console. However, Sony wants gamers to check out the PlayStation Now streaming subscription service that provides access to hundreds of PS3 games.
There are some PS4 gamers and media members that think Sony should investigate rolling out a backward compatibility feature for the PS4 - just to make gamers happy. Sony has worked hard to create a good gaming ecosystem, trying to keep sometimes fickle fans happy.
If it doesn't offer backward compatibility, Sony runs the risk of leaving gamers disappointed, though with other methods to play PS3 titles - for free or paid rental - I think the Japanese electronics company has done enough already.