Since the launch of Sony?s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft?s Xbox One last November, Sony?s current next-gen device has prevailed in the lead in sales, with an impressive 7 million units sold as of April.
However, the real battle for supremacy in gaming lies just ahead, the holiday shopping season.
It turns out that a competitive war in consoles is actually a good thing for game devs.
Peter Moore, Electronic Arts Chief Operating Officer told WinBeta on Sunday, ?I think it’s going to be a great fight in the holiday. And as a third-party publisher, we sit right in the sweet spot. Consumers love it as well, and it’s good for the industry. You need powerful companies like Sony and Microsoft to be battling out with each other because it drives investment in their platforms. It drives competition. You want to see Nintendo come back with the Wii U. All in all, it becomes healthy for gamers, for the environment. When you have a runaway winner, that actually has a reverse effect.?
Last year, PlayStation 4 hit the market a week earlier before Xbox One on November 15. Sony?s PlayStation 4 was priced at 100 dollars cheaper since Microsoft?s Xbox One came packaged with the Kinect. But last month, Microsoft made Xbox One available for 399 dollars without the Kinect. PlayStation 4 currently has the same price.
Electronic Arts plans to keep agitating out titles for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, Moore said.
?The hope is we get a decent tail of two or three years, and we’ll continue to make games for those platforms as long as fans buy them,? Moore added.
?What PlayStation did with the PS2 was a wonderful tail. I was at Microsoft and we kind of buried the Xbox quickly because to be blunt, it was just losing money. We stopped making games for it ourselves and stopped manufacturing it because the view was, ‘Let’s move to Xbox 360. Let’s get there quickly, establish a beachhead before the PlayStation 3 came out,’ and that certainly worked well in that generation. You could argue maybe the tables have been somewhat turned in this generation.?
Electronic Arts is based in Redwood City, CA, and was founded in 1982. They are the publisher of some popular games like the Mass Effect series and Titanfall.
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