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IDC Analyst: Xbox Lost to Sony this Generation

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The eighth generation race for console sales continues and it’s a very heated competition. The bigger advantage has been for Sony with their lead in 70 Million Units sold. Coming at a far second (or some could argue third) is the Xbox One. It’s been some time since Microsoft last provided data about the sales performance of their console after all. However, it’s obvious that this console has trouble keeping up with the industry.

Lewis Ward, an IDC analyst talked to Gamingbolt about his opinion regarding the sales on consoles of the current generation. Soon mentioning the fact that the Xbox One X and some console exclusive games coming that are going to come next year.

“Yes, they don’t have much of a choice. I think the exclusive lineup is respectable, at least as far as we can see it into 2018,” said Lewis. “I’m sure there’ll be some massive Halo title coming to Xbox One in 2018. As far as the broader eighth gen war is concerned, it’s already been lost to Sony. Microsoft will not catch Sony this generation.”

Lewis then makes special mention of the gaming ecosystem provided by Windows 10. The importance of dominating the PC market this generation has increased and, according to him, the goal should be to unify their PC and Console ecosystems.

Now, I don’t really want to bring mention to the spectacular comeback performed by the Nintendo Switch this year. However, I think it’s also important to remember that Nintendo’s Hybrid Console has managed to steal the spotlight this year while marking Nintendo’s grand return.

This marks a huge problem with Microsoft, especially considering the possibility that the Xbox One X has been nothing but a wasted effort. Sony’s PS4 Pro is cheaper, but the Xbox One X is more powerful, what could 2018 hold for us in the eighth gen race?

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PlayStation Studios’ PC Games to Grow Beyond FY22

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PlayStation Studios PC sales were announced in Sony’s Business Segment Meeting, along with PSVR2 sales, PS Plus numbers, and major PS5 game release dates.

Spider-Man Remastered and The Last of Us: Part 1 led the pack with 1.5 million and 368K sales, respectively. Maybe it was worthwhile.

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Sony expects this trend to continue (see that graph!). and will remain bullish on PC ports (quietly jacking prices in some places), but has stated that PS5 is the priority. The PlayStation Showcase, less than 24 hours away, may bring more PC announcements.

PlayStation Studios’ PC success—what do you think?

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Download 22 More PS Plus Extra, Premium Games

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Another month, another long list of PS Plus Extra and Premium games you’ll never finish before the next batch. The service’s 22 new titles are available to download on PS5, PS4, and PS3 in the UK and Europe today. USA and global availability will occur throughout the day. The full list of offerings is below.

PS Plus Extra: May 2023

  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (PS5) | Review
  • Humanity (PS5, PS4)
  • Watch Dogs Legion (PS5, PS4) | Review
  • Dishonored 2 (PS4) | Review
  • Dishonored: Death of the Outsider (PS4) | Review
  • Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin (PS4) | Review
  • Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition (PS4) | Review
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider (PS4) | Review
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider (PS4) | Review
  • Bus Simulator 21: Next Stop (PS5, PS4) | Review
  • The Evil Within 2 (PS4) | Review
  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood (PS4) | Review
  • Thymesia (PS5) | Review
  • Rain World (PS4) | Review
  • Lake (PS5, PS4) | Review
  • Conan Exiles (PS4) | Review
  • Rune Factory 4 Special (PS4)
  • Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town (PS4)

PS Plus Premium: May 2023

  • Syphon Filter: Logan’s Shadow (PSP)
  • Blade Dancer: Lineage of Light (PSP)
  • Pursuit Force (PSP)
  • Ghostbusters: The Videogame Remastered (PS4)

 

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Returnal Dev Expands PS5 Project Workforce

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PlayStation Studio’s arcade expert is Housemarque, the Finnish developer of Returnal and Resogun. Since joining the first-party family, the company has grown to 110 people, with that number likely to increase as it prepares for whatever comes next (though they don’t make sequels).

Housemarque had 80 employees when acquired and will likely grow. We’re glad Housemarque is rising. After all, the genre’s top developer famously declared arcade games dead not long ago.

Are you excited to see a successful Housemarque? Hope it stays retro?

 

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