Prez wrote on Oct 16, 2020, 19:34:
How is Apple a monopoly but Playstation and Switch aren't? Will someone please explain?
Apple has about 70% mobile app market
in the US. Google has most of the rest. Those are basically the alternatives if you want apps on your phone or tablet. Yes, on the Android side, you can sideload, and Amazon has a few apps in its store, but those come with big downsides: you have to seek them out whereas Plan and the App Store are built in, side-loaded apps might contain malware, there's a lack of diversity, etc.
Playstation and Switch aren't monopolies. They are entrants in the console gaming market
, a robust and competitive market. Their exclusives aren't monopolies, there are lots of other games and lots of other consoles to choose from. Their exclusives provide differentiation
. You can't get Halo on Playstation, but you can get lots of other shooters on PS.
Apple is the equivalent of Dodge owning 70% of the US car market.
When you talk about PS exclusives, that's the equivalent of Ford selling the F-150, or Dodge selling the Ram 1500. 3rd party exclusives are like GM selling a re-branded Maserati (rebranding foreign vehicles is common in the US). You'd never expect Dodge to sell an F-150, would you?
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