- Jul 15, 2013
Whilst the YoY increase looks good this month. The overall market still doesn't look good compared to last gen, or even the previous one.
A big reason for fewer sales is that fewer people will own multiple consoles (reasons given below). While this will probably cut into sales of exclusive games, it won't represent the health of the industry as a whole since the sale of cross platform games should be unaffected. On top of this, consoles weren't as supply constrained at launch compared to previous generations so many of the sales that would traditionally be made now have already happened.
Reasons for Fewer Dual Console Owners
- Both the XB1 and PS4 debuted at the same time. It is a lot less likely that someone is going to drop the money for both consoles within a few months of each other. This is especially true in the first year when there aren't many exclusives to differentiate the two.
- Rise of the third party software. There is less of a need to own two consoles when most of the popular games are available on both.
- Subscription now required for both systems for online play. This just increases the cost of owning a second console which will reduce demand.