November 10 and 19, 2020. The dates alone say nothing, but they are the days when Microsoft and Sony launched their respective next-generation consoles: the Xbox Series X | S and the PlayStation 5. The consoles promised a whole revolution in living room gaming and now is the time to review how this first year of life has been.
To talk about them we have invited our ‘Clear the X’ to John Tones (@johntones), editor in Engadget, and a server, Jose Garcia (@josedextro), also editor in Engadget. Production, as always, is in the hands of Saints Araújo (@santiaraujo).
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Different approaches to face the console war
The current console war is in the hands of, mainly, three companies: Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo. They are joined by many other actors, such as video game streaming services, as well as PC gaming that lives, like the rest of the sectors, a somewhat turbulent time due to the shortage of components.
The PS5 has had a good sales rhythm, while Sony claims to have sold 13.4 million units. This rhythm is parallel to the PS4, which at this time had 13.8 million units. The console is doing well, but the catalog of exclusive and powerful games has not lived up to expectations. There have hardly been any exclusive games released for PS5 and the big releases that are expected, such as the new ‘Horizon’, ‘God of War: Ragnarok’, will also be released on PlayStation 4.
Microsoft, for its part, is estimated to have sold about eight million consoles, but its strategy is not so much hardware but services, and there the undisputed king is Game Pass. The company has put together a generous catalog of games and has even spiced it up with releases available from day one, all accompanied, of course, by the purchase of major studios like Bethesda.
As far as Nintendo is concerned, the Japanese firm plays in its own league and continues with the strategy that has always worked for it: release games from its popular franchises for the Nintendo Switch. His console is, by far, the best-selling and the key is in the push that names like ‘Zelda’, ‘Pokémon’, ‘Mario’ or ‘Animal Crossing’ suppose.
Then we have video game streaming services. Google Stadia has not finished taking off and seems to have been relegated to the background, while other companies such as NVIDIA or Microsoft itself have put the batteries to offer their services. They advance little by little, but their use is still residual.
Finally, we talk about PC gaming and the troubled moment you are in right now. The gaming hardware signed by AMD and NVIDIA It is outstanding, but getting one of its graphics cards is very difficult due to the shortage of components.
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