Forget hardware stats. Forget price point. Forget RAM, controllers, marketing and fanboyism. All those things don’t matter on who is better or what console is worse. The race is already well in hand for Sony and its PS4 console.
Over the 26 years I’ve been alive and a gamer, one thing has stood out greatly over the past 2 console races… Content is king. We’ve seen the latest generation of consoles take nearly a decade before the sales numbers leveled out. Microsoft simply sold more consoles in the US because they released first. The jump start they had on Sony allowed them to put out more games and games sell consoles. Current US sales numbers are roughly 42 million 360s sold versus 26 million PS3s sold.
By being the first console out, it gives developers time to put out better games. It gives developers a head start on the learning curve with the console. We got a chance to see exactly this with the current consoles. Sony had the firepower, but developers were a year or more behind on getting all they could out of the console. In the beginning, games that were released on both consoles had the Xbox 360 versions looking and functioning better, regardless of the fact that the PS3 was easily more powerful.
We saw the same thing happen in the previous race where the PS2 was out before the Xbox was and destroyed it in terms of sales regardless of not being as powerful of a console. The PS2 is often regarded as the best console solely because of the wealth of game options a consumer could get. It’s why you see the PS2 as the best selling console of all time with close to 154 million consoles sold globally. While graphical power and other awesome functionalities like share buttons and multi-tasking will help cover ground over time, those types of things haven’t been enough up until this point in gaming to crown the winner; it’s all about the content.
Even though we haven’t seen the console or heard the cost, the PS4 is already fitting the crown on its head. It’s expected that Microsoft might make their console announcement sometime in April. Unless Microsoft can somehow come out first or get more exclusive titles, the winner has already been determined. It’s going to be an interesting year for this console race.