ASJD wrote on Aug 17, 2010, 18:55:
Silent Bob wrote on Aug 17, 2010, 11:40:
Xbox 360 growth is flattening
Someone hasn't been paying any attention at all to sales data eh?
Xbox 360 is FINALLY growing, and it's growing faster than any other platform!
I haven't checked, but presuming thats the case there's probably a lot of reasons, I'll throw out a few off the top of my head.
a) the consoles are mature now, and they have a pile of decent games, many of which are bargain prices if they aren't new releases. Plus the maturity means that the later games take more advantage of the graphics and power of the console. Yeah its not much compared to modern PCs, but its more than programmers knew how to do when the consoles first came out.
b) the prices of consoles are coming down to a reasonable amount. Who the heck wants to pay $600 for a PS3? Or WTF ever it was on release. Xbox now supports USB flash drives (or a USB hdd, I use one thats mostly partitioned for wii, and a few gigs for the xbox) up to I think its 8 gb, so its not nessasary to buy the hard drive version of the console to get a decent play experiance. Granted probably only a couple games can be installed at a time in 8gb, but its progress. Instead of the stupid price of $130 for 120 gigs or WTF ever inflated prices the MS drives sell for. $1 per gig is getting close to SSD prices.
c) Perhaps the economy. Maybe people out of jobs need something to do, or maybe getting an xbox is cheaper than a vacation, etc.
d) More people are probably realizing how the xbox (and the ps3 too I think, tho perhaps less now that linux option is removed) can serve as a decent media center powering a HD screen.
e) I'm sure part of the sales are from the new models like the slimmer xboxes, and I imagine some are from people who want to finally get a more reliable xbox. I've constantly heard horror stories from people having to get xbox RMAed like 4 or 10 times in a row since it had such a high failure rate when it first came out.