While that’s true about Microsoft with the Xbox (and even Sony with the Playstation — a company that originally wanted to partner with Nintendo), the smartphone business is very different.
Thanks to apps, content, and things like iMessage, there is decidedly more lock-in in mobile. Yes, the video game consoles have some lock-in with their games, but because the business changed so much generation to generation (with mixed backward compatibility results), there were obvious “switch points”. That’s not quite the same with mobile.
More importantly, Microsoft (and Sony) could get into the gaming business because they could buy their way in with the large publishers of games. So far, that hasn’t worked for Microsoft with smaller app developers. While money is money, time is often more valuable to these small teams. And they’re not going to waste time on a platform with relatively few users.
Point 1: From what I’ve read, a lot of people are praising the PS4 controller, but mainly because the PS3 version was so bad. Also, the battery life on this one is apparently fairly awful. Overall, it still seems like people still like the Xbox controllers better, at least in my reading of the reviews.
Point 2: Sure, most console launches are fairly lackluster due to a lack of great games initially. But while this seems to be the case with the PS4, the parts of the reviews that worry me about the Xbox One are all about hardware/software included (or not included) with the system.
Point 3: Okay, except mobile gaming is already much larger than console gaming. And it will keep extending that lead. I’m not saying the consoles will be fully destroyed, just that they’ll be increasingly niche. And I wouldn’t be shocked to see at least two of the current players exit the space after this generation.
Point 4: We’ve been over this. Some of Nintendo’s continued limited success (in one area, by the way) is masking very real and obvious problems with the business going forward. We’ll see. But sadly, I like my bet.
I may. But all these reports from others sure make it seem like it would be a waste of money for me — just as the Surface RT was.
If I were to buy a system, just based on everything I’ve read, I’d get the PS4. But again, I’m not dying to get that either.
But maybe, just maybe, for the readers.