Analytics firm Nielson has produced a new report that suggests that one-third of PlayStation 4 owners switched from the original Wii console and the Xbox 360. The survey was conducted by 1,200 active gamers from North America aged 7 to 54. The flaw in the survey was that participants were asked which console they currently owned at the time of the survey, not what they had owned in the past. This means that those who sold their PlayStation 3 or Wii would have been listed as non console owners. We already heard earlier this week that Sony were surprised at the success of the PlayStation 4 and were undecided why it’s been such a run away success.
The episodic 3D adventure game Dreamfall Chapters: The Longest Journey will no longer be coming to Wii U as Sony have secured the game as a PlayStation 4 exclusive. Dreamfall Chapters: The Longest Journey is being developed by indie studio Red Thread Games and was crowd-funded by a Kickstarter campaign.
Ed Barton, a video games industry analyst at Ovum consultancy, has told the BBC that he doesn’t hold any hope of the Wii U catching up with the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in terms of sales. Barton acknowledges that the company has some great games in the pipeline but is unconvinced that they will make consumers invest in Wii U.
“They have a relatively good games pipeline, but the big question is about its hardware.”
“The Wii U is so far behind now, and the perception of the audience that it’s a relatively under-powered console compared to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One is now pretty firmly cemented.”
“Given how inaccurate some of Nintendo’s forecasts have been going into their results in terms of hardware and software sales in the past, I’m not optimistic.”
Sony Computer Entertainment boss Andrew House has said that the company is currently targeting Wii owners that didn’t purchase the Xbox 360 or the PlayStation 3. House says that they have already managed to grab some of the former Wii consumers that never upgraded, but they still have a way to go.
“Our big opportunity is to welcome back an audience much earlier in the lifecycle that possibly bought into the Wii previously,.”
“Whether it’s based on this is a really good all-round entertainment device for a family in addition to having great games, our consumer data suggests some of those people are already coming in now and that’s what’s contributing to the really great sales we’ve had.”
“And anecdotally I’ve had people who were the Wii generation and who are back in the consideration set. It’s certainly something I hear about.”
Shin’en has hinted via Twitter that that they’re developing a shooter for the PlayStation 4. The company is renowned for bringing its titles exclusively to Nintendo platforms, so it’s a slight surprise that they’re looking to bring their games to the PlayStation 4. Shin’en promises that more information on their upcoming PlayStation 4 title will be revealed soon.
“We already said in the past that we changed our engine to be able to support multiple platforms in general. We will give this new opportunity a first chance this year. More info coming soon.”
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Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime was asked by the Seattle Times whether he thinks the Wii U could ever outsell Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One. With regards to the UK the PlayStation 4 outsold the Wii U in 48 hours and the Xbox One outsold the Wii U in one month. The PlayStation 4 outsold Wii U worldwide in 4 months. Still, Reggie thinks Nintendo has a good chance at outselling its competitors with the Wii U.
Q: Will the Wii U ever outsell the Xbox One or PlayStation 4?
A: The dirty little secret is if you look at life-to-date numbers, between Sony and Nintendo they’d be pretty close in terms of PS4 vs. Wii U, with Xbox coming in third place. I think it’s going to be a three-horse race for the balance of this cycle.
IGN is reporting that the Wii U sold more units in its first three weeks than the PlayStation 4 did for the same time period. However, it should be noted that the Wii U launched during the holiday season in Japan when festive shoppers were out purchasing gifts. IGN blames the poor sales of both consoles on the massive adoption of smartphone gaming in Japan, with the Nintendo 3DS lagging behind the Nintendo DS’s performance, and PlayStation Vita performing badly compared to the PlayStation Portable.
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