PS4 vs. Xbox One: The Console War That Saved the Industry

This is the battle that has served as a rallying point for an industry that was on the slide.

This is the battle that has served as a rallying point for an industry that was on the slide.

2013 was a terrible year for the video game industry. In fact, evidence of gaming’s slide began even earlier, as sales around the world began to decline at a rapid clip. Throughout last year in the US, the NPD reported terrible numbers; many months suffered a double-digit decline in year-over-year sales.

Analysts said the industry labored under “generational fatigue,” and many gamers and journalists agreed. Last era seemed to drag toward the end, as the Xbox One had been out for eight years and the PS3 for seven. The games were starting to feel stale and uninspired and general excitement for the industry was very low.

Then came our savior on a white horse, or rather, a pair of saviors on a pair of alabaster steeds: The PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. They came just in the nick of time but perhaps more importantly, they once again fueled debate and passion. Believe it or not, it’s the arguments that help spur the industry; the console war is a good thing, as the manufacturers themselves will tell you.

It wasn't one or the other; it was the competition that has generated so much fresh interest and intrigue.

It wasn’t one or the other; it was the competition that has generated so much fresh interest and intrigue.

One could almost argue that Sony and Microsoft colluded to launch their new machines at exactly the same time. On the one hand, it might not make much sense, as one company would want the jump on the other. Historically speaking, the system that came out first is the one that won the generation (especially in the US). The PS2 came out first and dominated the Xbox and GameCube; the Xbox 360 came out a year ahead and slammed the PS3 out of the gate.

However, manufacturers and publishers know full well that these so-called “console wars” generate a lot of excitement and interest in the industry. What articles get the most attention? Well, anything with a PlayStation versus Xbox subject, of course. Which headlines get the most traction? “PS4 vs. Xbox One” and the like. The more people talk, argue and debate, the more this industry is in the limelight (at least, within the core gaming group, which always helps spark sales).

Now, sales continue to rise, everyone keeps yelling at each other – immaturity at its finest, but it works – and this industry is undoubtedly on the way up. As such, we have to thank not the PS4, not the Xbox One, but PS4 vs. Xbox One.

5 thoughts on “PS4 vs. Xbox One: The Console War That Saved the Industry”

I don’t know if this totally “saved” the industry but it came along in the nick of time, that’s for sure. I was one of many gamers who were getting pretty bored with the stuff that was coming out.

I’m usually not jonesing for a new generation of hardware but I was at that point. 🙂

I was caught up in the hype of 2013 as well. It was just one of those things that you can’t help but get excited about, especially after the previous generation had dragged on for so LONG.

PS4 vs. Xbox One is still an immature pile of crap, as all console wars are. But if it generates good things for the industry, then so be it. 😉

That’s what I say. The console wars are just plain embarrassing for all gamers, but if iit helps sell consoles, well…

It didn’t really “save” the industry, but I think consumers desperately needed something new. Anything.

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