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Sony Has Grabbed The Lead, Can They Maintain Momentum?

Right out of the gate, it's a big win for Sony.

With 4.2 million units sold worldwide as of December 28, 2013, the PlayStation 4 has taken the early lead on Microsoft's Xbox One, which had sold around 3 million units as of December 31, 2013.

It may still be likely that sales of the PS4 and Xbox One were mostly even in the US, while Sony owned many other territories. In fact, that's probably what happened. But even if Sony is neck-and-neck with Microsoft in North America, that in and of itself is a huge accomplishment. And really, gaming is global now so people care a great deal about that worldwide sales total. The bottom line is that the PS4 sold 1.2 million more consoles than the Xbox One, and let's not forget that the PS4 isn't even out in Japan yet.

Right now, it appears as if the PS4 is in prime position to hold the worldwide lead throughout the coming generation. If they can at least remain competitive in the US with the Xbox One, and they continue to own most European and Asian territories, Sony's golden. The only question now is whether or not they can maintain this well-earned momentum. Remember, available PS4 software is still pretty thin; the first truly compelling title might be inFamous: Second Son but after that, the exclusives aren't exactly piling up. We should see a few more for the holidays, though.

What do you think? Sony has been impressive thus far; can they continue to impress? And if so, how and why?

Tags: ps4, playstation 4, next gen, next gen consoles, next generation

1/7/2014 9:54:03 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (33 posts)

WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, January 07, 2014 @ 10:15:14 PM
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They will stay on top. They'll have the best version of the multiplats and the best exclusives either out or coming out. The system is better and costs less, plus it's aimed squarely at the gamer. I think that's enough to hold the lead along with people learning their lesson with 360 last gen.

So that means the generation will be a prosperous one, maybe they can even convince MS that they are going the way of the Zune again and need to go away and give somebody serious a chance.

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Wrote
Tuesday, January 07, 2014 @ 10:21:22 PM

I could see Samsung making a serious attempt at entering the console game if Microsoft ditched it. Hell Samsung makes every freaking thing, from phones and TVs, to fridges and washing machines, all the way to building the tallest buildings in the world.

Also Amazon.

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Wrote
Tuesday, January 07, 2014 @ 10:26:20 PM
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Hurray for PS4 being the lead platform for multiplats!

The only thing people have to keep in mind is the potentially giant sales uptick when Halo comes out, and to a lesser extent Titanfall(because a lot of ppl will just play it on 360). Even tho Sony's first party's move units, they sure don't like Halo does. That said, Gran Turismo and God of War have been big system sellers for Sony, and I believe Uncharted moves quite a few but not as many as you'd hope.

Heh, I've been thinking, after getting a PS4, I'd be more likely to get a cheap Steam Machine then an Xbox One.

-Wrote

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Temjin001
Tuesday, January 07, 2014 @ 10:43:35 PM

and play what games on your SteamMachine? indie titles and Valve's handful of games?
I dont see why the crap anyone will want a Steam Machine anytime soon when the software support for SteamOS is crap.
People are better off just building a low cost gamer PC with Windows on it.

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Beamboom
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 7:59:49 AM

Temjin, it's already far, far more games for SteamOS than the PS4, and that's even months before there are any Steam Machines on the market.

A compo of PS4+SteamOS makes more sense to me than a PS4+Xbone combo.


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JackC8
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 8:26:02 AM

Those far, far more games include virtually none of the big AAA titles. PC gamers seem to like to talk about quantity, and yes there are plenty of little indy games that run on the Steam OS. And most of them have PS2 graphics and you might as well get an Ouya if that's what you're interested in.

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Beamboom
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 9:49:32 AM

That's a question of perspective, Jack.

Keep in mind that the Steam client was introduced on Linux just a year ago - and SteamOS is still in the early beta stages.
To have almost 300 games on that platform today is something no Linux user with their feets reasonably in touch with the ground would have believed if you told them just 3-4 years ago.

The speed at which things have progressed the last 12 months is in fact breathtaking.

The big games depend on the big engines to support Linux. That *will* inevitably take time. But if you look at the homepage of "Project Cars", that insane new racing game everybody are talking about these days, you will find the SteamOS logo listed amongst the Windows, PS4 and Xbone logos. If you read recent interviews with representatives from Crytek (Cryengine), Epic (Unreal) Dice (Frostbite) you will know that they all are working on the Linux-versions of their new engines as we speak.
4A has built a Linux version of their inhouse engine and Metro Last Light has long been available on Linux.

To draw a comparison between Ouya and SteamOS is flat out meaningless and only proves a very limited insight.


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Temjin001
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 10:41:46 AM

Considering the average price for a Steam Machine is around ~$1000, a PC gamer would seem to me better off just sticking with their Window's PC's for now and then possibly dual partition Steam OS, once necessary.
I said nothing of PS4 Beamboom.
but as you would like a PS4 vs SteamMachine discussion here's a thought.
Until EA, Activision and Ubisoft pledge SteamOS support the platform will always be sorely lacking in meaningful ways to gamers. soft 2K Games support and Valve ain't gonna cut it.
It's far too early for me to get excited for a Steam Machine

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Beamboom
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 10:43:09 AM

Temjin, that's FUD as of now. Nobody knows what price the Steam machines will average at. Only a very few prices are known from a select few.
Typically in the PC world there will be a host of solutions covering a wide specter of specs. I'm much more worried about some cheap a$$ machines flooding the market and polluting the platform rather than that high end machines will dominate the selection.

But just to explain my preference for the PS4+SteamOS combo over the PS4+Xbone combo:

The difference between the exclusives on each platform are much bigger. That's my main argument. You simply cover a much larger ground by going for the first combination of platforms.

Why have two platforms where 95% of all games are the same? With both a PS4 and a Steam machine you are covered on pretty much all genres in the industry and the widest selection of titles.


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Temjin001
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 3:23:40 PM

apparently you're not keeping track of CES 2014 Beamboom.
Here's 13 SteamMachines priced.
http://kotaku.com/from-alienware-to-zotac-all-the-steam-machines-with-sp-1495960379
There seems to be a major misunderstanding out there concerning what Steam Machines are. They are PC's with custom chassis running a default SteamOS. Every photo I've seen shows literally off-the-shelf PC components fitted into a custom case. Not the always misdescribed and naive reporting of off-the-shelf parts of a PS4. No these are actual graphics cards interconnected to a PCIe bus, ATX PSU's, and x86 ISA's, using DDR3 DIMMS.
The Steam Machine will be priced as PC's are now. It's really a war between Windows and SteamOS. Valve wants to move PC gamers out and away from relying on Windows to game. Pure and simple.

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Axe99
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 4:41:27 PM

@ Beam - I can see where you're coming from but most of the games on SteamOS aren't terribly compelling at the moment (if I had the choice between a same-priced PS4 and SteamOS box, I'd go PS4 even though the number of titles is far fewer, because the depth of those titles is considerably greater), and if it was a choice between a SteamOS machine and a Windows machine, then you'd currently go Windows machine every time - the extra cost of Windows gets you a far better selection of titles. I've had a gander at the Linux library on Steam, and it's improving, but it's still very much niche at the moment - there's no way I'd move from a Windows gaming environment to SteamOS just yet (and I'm a fan of Valve/Steam - even if I also think they're over-rated).

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Beamboom
Thursday, January 09, 2014 @ 2:49:31 AM

Temjin:
Jesus Temmyman, of course I am. What do you think evry single Linux site out there has covered these days?
Like I said, it's just a very few models (around ten) with a price now. Two of them start at 499. One is an insane monster at 6000 (that's six thousand dollars...!). Most of these models are from smaller, specialized and often high-end manufacturers of custom built PCs (like Alienware).

Wait until the big manufacturers, like Samsung, Acer, Asus & co gets on the scene before you start calculating averages. It's too early to talk about an average price at this point in time. We do not have enough data.

And it's never been a secret that the Steam Machine is a PC? That's not a misunderstanding I've seen anywhere, nowhere have I spotted any speculation of otherwise.
But what's your point in this context? That it makes the combo PS4+SteamOS less interesting?
I just don't understand what you try to say here.

Axe99:
True, the games on SteamOS *today* are not that compelling. Personally I am pleased to have games like Metro Last Light, DOTA2, Crusader Kings 2, Footbal Mananger 2014, Left4Dead2, Brutal Legend, Anomaly 2, Serious Sam 3, Trine 2, Portal, Monaco, Brutal Legend etc... For now. Plenty of fun while I wait.

But yes, TODAY Linux as a gaming platform is indeed very niche. It's in the making. Not ready YET. There's no gaming-related argument whatsoever for any PC gamer to go from Windows to Linux. Not now, and very likely not for a very long time.

But it will not be like this forever! Keep in mind that the big AAA releases are developed for YEARS, they are a much, much larger beast to move to a new platform than the small, slick indie games.

And when the game selection for SteamOS is on par with Windows on new releases, *then* I will argue that a Steam Machine is a better choice than a Xbone.
That is my entire point.


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Temjin001
Tuesday, January 07, 2014 @ 10:44:59 PM
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I look forward to the eventual Kinect'less Xbox One. The one that sells for $300.

It really seems inevitable.

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FatherSun
Tuesday, January 07, 2014 @ 11:49:27 PM

It will eventually come free with cable subscriptions.

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telly
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 10:44:23 AM

@FatherSon, that's clearly what Microsoft wants. I just don't know if Comcast and the other cable giants would go for it.

And Temjin, that will indeed be interesting. I think that's a couple years away at least but inevitable at some point down the line.

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Kryten1029a
Tuesday, January 07, 2014 @ 10:45:39 PM
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Unless they do something really dumb then there's no reason to suspect that they'll lose any ground at all. The only pieces they need are to ensure that the games are there and if Sony's smart about promotion then they could even gain market share. They're doing well in North America and even made a decisive showing in the first month of availability in the UK. If they can match the Xbone in the 360's strongest markets then the road ahead is wide open.

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FatherSun
Tuesday, January 07, 2014 @ 11:20:51 PM
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After the undeserved beating Sony took last gen this is wonderful news. It tells me that they really did listen and learn from those experiences. This is the Sony I know. Confident yet not cocky. Precise and focused. They are engaging in corporate warfare in a very calculated way. I think they are playing chess again not checkers.

I believe they will maintain this current momentum because they have to and they WANT to. Watching the CES keynote solidified my confidence in Sony. Kaz was convincing as a leader in this new age/phase of technology.

Only a matter of perception. I never believed for a second that the PS4 would/could not do all the things the BOX does. All this TV and Media services are just an App away. Changing channels and stuff is so 90s anyway. Sony of course knew all along that they were going big on steaming so here we are. Like it or not these things are important. Look around! All media is melting together on a global scale. Funny because when I really think of it GAMING has been doing this for years.

Don't sleep! Creating games is the closest thing to playing God. You get to bend sound, light, and touch and most importantly emotion. Where else can you find that? The world will be so different in 10-25 years. I wonder how many of us will get that live longer injection? I want to see where humans are really going.

Have I gone too far? Or not far enough?


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EndZero
Tuesday, January 07, 2014 @ 11:21:06 PM
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Imagine what the lead would have been if they had enough supply to meet demand? And who knows how many people just grabbed Xbox One just because the PS4 is always out of stock.

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Temjin001
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 12:45:42 AM

i'd imagine too many.

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daus26
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 1:24:14 AM

Too many, and yet it's still behind over a million. Very impressive Sony.

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daus26
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 1:17:38 AM
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Well, including myself, demand is still pretty high over here. It's no joke that Xbones are sitting in shelves everywhere around where I live. Costco had 4 in stock yesterday, and it was gone, literally after I was done shopping!

If Microsoft has all these Xbones in stock, and still over a million behind, I just don't see how they can catch up. The demand is simply not as strong as the PS4 atm. Only way I see them having a chance is if they price match the PS4.

Like you say, U.S. is home court for Microsoft. If one of the most exciting time of a console's lifespan (launch) is being matched by Sony, when will the Xbone ever be more in demand? Perhaps Titanfall and halo 5?

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___________
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 2:22:25 AM
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if $onys going to survive this they really need to get their 3D VR headset out, like, NOW!
really pissing me off how many times weve heard insiders say oh yea there announcing it at x event, x event comes and its still MIA.
CES was the perfect time to announce it, and still MIA.
secondly they really need to churn out amazing exclusive after amazing exclusive, and FAST!
not only does M$ and ninty seem to have allot of ready software to go.
but also the steamboxes stealing the third party side of things.
so $ony dont have the luxury of first parties, third parties, nothing really.
so they really need to bring in something else to say this is why you game on a ps4, what better way than a VR headset?

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FatherSun
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 11:15:11 AM

VR alone won't do it. Content is King will never be more truer than in this and following generations. VR must have the killer apps to be relevant. Pretty pictures no matter how virtually realistic won't cut it. Humans now more than ever wish to be engaged. Sony has not failed in that aspect. I do expect this from the Sony VR but seeing is believing.

I do agree that they should bring those amazing exclusives on a consistent basis. Calculated releases would not only maintain momentum but elevate it.

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___________
Thursday, January 09, 2014 @ 8:14:16 AM

of course you need content for it, i was using VR as a example of separating them from the crowd.
$onys not going to be able to rely on their first parties alone like they did last gen.

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Lawless SXE
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 2:30:58 AM
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Supply the games. If it's ultimately about the gamers, that's all they need. Sadly, after the year is a bit front-loaded with DriveClub, Second Son and FFXIV, there seems a hole until The Order and I have a funny feeling that Uncharted will be out early next year rather than the holiday season when it would do the most damage :/

The PS4 is definitely not going to give up its sales lead unless MS has a whole hell of a lot more to show off in the lead up to E3, but a lull and loss of momentum is inevitable.

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Knightzane
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 5:05:43 AM
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Well...the ps4 doesn't have very many games yet, and it's already hit those massive numbers already. I think the question answers itself really. What happens when the next Uncharted or The Last of Us, or even the next GoW is released? Those fans will jump ship asap.

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ethird1
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 5:56:41 AM
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Gaikai is gonna bomb. They are forcing people to buy old games with the ONLINE service. It is nothing but pure profit for them. You are PAYING THEM the right to BUY GAMES from them and you don't actually OWN them games you are renting them for a period of time, that time being either when your system goes down OR THEIR SYSTEM goes down and you have to move on to another system or their NEW SYSTEM down the road.

Gaikai is just the dooring opening to this. SUre its old games for now, but you will see exclusives and more coming for it that you can ONLY buy on Gaikai, leading to the stop of actual game media (AKA DISCS).

When that day comes I will stop playing all new games and go back and play the old ones till I die, and I have tons of em to last 2 lifetimes.

End of line.

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FatherSun
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 11:24:49 AM

Everything will someday be all digital. It is an inevitability. How soon one company goes all in will be the question. MS of course attempted this to an extent and were put in their place. The world in not yet ready for this change. At least Sony is creating a bridge to this eventual destination. I forsee physical media becoming LUXURY items. Hold on to your collections guys.

I followed your lead. Copy/paste/edit!

Im not giving up my collection either. But I do know this is where things are headed. I won't complain because these products and services are not for us. They are for the future generations. The children that know how to access Netflix at 3 years old. They will someday find out that humans actually used to press buttons!!! Gasp!!!

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JackC8
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 8:36:08 AM
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I think that Gaikai thing might be a big selling point. If it works well and if Sony gets a big selection of PS3 games available on it. I see a lot of former 360 owners getting a PS4 this gen and being able to play the PS3 exclusives they missed out on would be a big selling point.

I just don't see the appeal of the Xbox One. It's less powerful, costs $100 more, and the history of Microsoft exclusives absolutely pales in comparison to Sony's offerings. That's really all the PS4 needs to succeed.

We've already seen Xbox One games running at 720p while the PS4 version runs at 1080p. And that's at launch for pete's sake. Everybody knows that games grow far larger and more complex as the years go by. I think the disparity will grow and grow and by four or five years from now, the Xbox One version won't be too desirable anymore.

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telly
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 10:50:33 AM
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I do love that Sony is clearly prioritizing the US market, as that's the one they will have the most trouble wresting back from Microsoft. It's not a coincidence that PS Now will launch in the States first...

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Vivi_Gamer
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 11:00:50 AM
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I have to admit as much as I am happy that the PlayStation 4 is ahead, I am still uncertain to why... They have hardly any games worth noting certainly nothing to match TitanFall in a few months. I'm still content with my PS3 for now with Final Fantasy X/X-2 & Lighting Returns to a lesser extent, then Metal Gear Solid Ground Zeroes too. I haven't much to get excited about for the PS4 in 2014 at this rate it will be a 2015 purchase.

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PC_Max
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 11:14:40 AM
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We are in post holiday season where people watch their money. Now is the time when the games will make people buy the systems I think.

Second Son might bring a resurgence in sails.

Granted Japan is not on the market board yet, so definitely a bonus there.

Time will tell, and the games will sell the system. Well, amongst other features I am sure.

Keep playing!

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Turbey
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 @ 5:07:20 PM
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I think they will. Sony has made every move right this time around and made an easy, fast, powerful and cheap consoll. Microsoft on the other hand, have made a more expensive, slower machine with kinect built in. Not to mention TVTVTV, which is US focused.

I for one, are not going to buy XboxOne. Especially thinking that It will be half finished product her in EU because of TV stuff wont work here.

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