We are all aware over the pity that Nintendo has over the failing Wii U console, which is the first of the eighth generation of video game consoles. But they are not the only one that raised eyebrows among hard core gamers and tech industry by far. Here we will take a closer look at what all major 3 consoles flubbed up on, as well what they can/should do to save face.
Nintendo has had a few flops in the last few years alone, with their most recent one being the Wii U. The console comes in at a hefty price tag and does not offer much of anything new. Sticking mostly true to the original Wii, it simply added a tablet like device and a few tweaks thrown in. However, the gimmick failed them before it even took off. Currently the console’s software is doing better than the console sales and Nintendo has plans to make it work for them. However, the real test will be their second holiday season that is just around the corner.
The Xbox One has seen a lot of hype and hope, but once Microsoft announced the new console that quickly went down the drain. First was the rule that it had to be connected online 24/7. That didn’t sit too well with many gamers who don’t want to be forced into online play only. But the real kicker came in when they announced no used games would be supported. This caused a huge backlash among gamers on a budget who relied on used games for their fix, which is much cheaper than a $60 new game is. Luckily Microsoft caved in and retracted their polices to make more gamer friendly for now. With that being said though, the question remains if they already damaged their brand or not.
Sony has pretty much lucked out of the 3 big consoles. It has already faced a lot of hate with the PlayStation 3 that at first sold well below the PlayStation 2 console. However, they have saved face and seemed to be on the good side of gamers for the most part with PlayStation 4. The console is around the typical price range of the other 2, but they have shifted their focus on their core gamers again. The only flub that they have dealt with so far has been the no used game policy threat. However, they quickly changed their mind and set the record straight by the time Xbox One’s fiasco took place. While it hasn’t been the talk of the town for many, it does hold the most promise right now with the least hurt brand. However, we shall see how they duke it out with the other 2 this holiday season.
What Can All 3 Consoles Do To Save Face?
I am glad that you asked, because their is plenty of room for improvement in the eyes of gamers. Here are a ways that they can boost their own customer interest for the brands.
1. Prices need to be lower than they start out. No one has the money to blow out of pocket for almost $500 console, unless it is around the holiday season. Think long term sales, people.
2. Stick to your core gamers. They know what their customer base is and they should stick with who they can count on buying the hardware/games.
3. No more gimmicks, please. Yes, the Wii lucked out on that one time but it will be rare to hit gimmick gold again and they ought to know that by now.
4. Less DRM rules and more freedom among the gamers. We need our used games and they need their fan base, so don’t mess with that rule.
5. Ditto as above for the online/offline game play.
6. Release good titles. Have something for everyone, including your casual & core gamers.
Those 6, simple things might make or break their future. So far Sony has a lead on all 3, but it will likely get ugly before all is said and done. We shall see who will come out on top in the battle of the big 3 consoles.
Do you agree with the list above or do you have a different view? Let us know in the comments and let us see where the eighth generation of consoles can indeed survive our fickle world.