- Mar 10, 2001
The head of the nation's top specialty toy retailer said on Wednesday the recent price cut for the Xbox game console had boosted sales and predicted that Microsoft Corp.'s machine would become the industry's leading platform.
"With the pricing adjustment that just took place, the lift in unit sales is fabulous," Toys "R" Us Inc. chairman and chief executive John Eyler told other CEOs at Microsoft's annual "CEO Summit" gathering in Redmond, Washington.
In a display of support for the U.S. software giant's bid to take a chunk of the $20 billion gaming industry away from leader Sony Corp. and its PlayStation machines, Eyler said that the Xbox would become a leading platform for games.
"It is going to accelerate over time to where we have critical mass and this platform really becomes the premier (medium) of the video game industry," he said.(Personally, I don't think that can happen in this generation. I also question the context of the latter statement.)
The head of the nation's top specialty toy retailer said on Wednesday the recent price cut for the Xbox game console had boosted sales and predicted that Microsoft Corp.'s machine would become the industry's leading platform.Of course, it benefits any retailer if #2 or #3 begins outselling PS2. We've already built a huge installed base of PS2 customers so adding an equally large base of Xbox customers is good for business.
Let's not forget that Genesis had a big chunk of sales and was doing very well until the SNES came out and ended up the premiere gaming system of its generation.Ryan, there was never a clear and decisive victor in that particular battle my friend. For every year the Genesis was ahead in sales the SNES matched and surpassed it the next. The next year the opposite would happen. It was an absolute see-saw battle and damn fun one to watch too. Not too mention it garnered some of the greatest games and series of any generation before it.
I would love to see final sales numbers of both consoles at the end of their life spans. It was one of the few times there really was no clear market leader. Both the Genesis and the SNES were household names. I don't think we will see such a close competition any time soon.
I would love to see final sales numbers of both consoles at the end of their life spans. It was one of the few times there really was no clear market leader. Both the Genesis and the SNES were household names. I don't think we will see such a close competition any time soon.IIRC, that was the first 'generation' of systems where sports games sales REALLY took off as a large percentage of games sold. Next thing you know all the major sports games have new (often with low development cost) 'updates' each year, resulting in huge profits for publishers like EA. The Genesis benefited greatly from lots of sports franchises, which benefited the end consumer by keeping the system popular.
Personally, I think that Sony paid close attention to this and made sure they had the best sports support for the PSX, and that this helped them capture marketshare quickly. Heck, I bet they bought Madden developers for Gameday not just for software profits, but to make sure they had a quality NFL franchise if EA did not give them good support. The lack of such strong sports franchises were at least partially responsible for the 'failure' of the Saturn in the US, and certainly hurt the Dreamcast and N64 as well.