If Titanfall Couldn't Put Xbox One Past The PS4, What Will?
Ever since 2014 began, I knew there'd be one important litmus test for the rolling PlayStation 4:
Could it maintain its lead in the US after Titanfall had hit the Xbox One?
After all, Respawn Entertainment's game was the most hyped game of the new generation thus far, garnering the lion's share of headlines just about everywhere, and easily trumping the closest PS4 competition in the exclusive category, inFamous: Second Son. It was also a shooter, or rather, a supposedly new innovative take on the shooter genre, which Xbox fans have been touting for a long time.
There was absolutely no doubt in my mind that Titanfall would lead the software sales charts in March. There was zero chance Second Son would top it, as far as I was concerned. So, could the PS4 maintain its momentum even after Titanfall stormed onto the stage? As it turns out, the answer appears to be "yes." The PS4 still managed to outsell the Xbox One in this country during the month when Titanfall released, and that's significant.
The PS4 will trounce the Xbox One in just about every other major territory on earth. It really won't be close in Japan, Europe, or Asia, I don't think. That's the way things are shaping up early on in this generation, too. The Xbox One's sole chance of winning the overall sales war is to own the US, and by the same huge margin the Xbox 360 owned the US. That doesn't seem to be happening, though, so the question is: If Titanfall couldn't vault Microsoft's new system into the lead, what will?
...if anything? Perhaps the new Halo?
4/17/2014 10:47:49 PM Ben Dutka