Can New Consoles Revive the Ailing Gaming Industry
Later today, Sony is expected to finally announce the release date of its new gaming console, the PlayStation 4. Sony will hold a press conference at the world's largest video game expo Gamescom, which annually draws hundreds of thousands of gamers to Cologne, Germany.
Ever since both Sony and Microsoft officially unveiled their new consoles at this year's E3, video game enthusiasts around the world have been waiting for information on when they can get their hands on the new hardware. But it's not only the consumers that can't wait for the new consoles to arrive. The video game industry is in desperate need of a momentum shift, as both hardware and software sales have continuously plummeted over the past few years. Between July 2010 and July 2013 video game hardware and software sales in the U.S. dropped 68 and 48 percent, respectively, a testament not only to the increasing shift to digital gaming content but also to the lack of excitement the current generation of consoles is able to spark after seven years on the market.
Nintendo's Wii U has thus far failed miserably to put the spark back in the gaming industry. Now it's time for Sony and Microsoft to bring out the big guns.
- Video Game IndustrySony Is King of the Videogame Mountain Again
This chart shows combined world-wide sales of consoles and hand-helds ending in March of year shown.
- Video Game IndustrySony Trumps Nintendo in Shrinking Console Market
This chart shows video game console sales of Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft.
- Video GamesVideogame Machines Soak Up Power Even When Not in Use
This chart shows console power consumption in the most common operating modes.
- PriceA PS4 Costs 4x as Much in Brazil as in the U.S.
This chart shows the suggested retail price for a PlayStation 4 in selected countries in 2014.
- Video GamesThe Vita Launch
This infographic includes first-week sales data of the Playstation Vita and of other portable game consoles such as the Nintendo 3DS.
- Hardware revenue of the U.S. video game industry from May 2012 to May 2014 (in million U.S. dollars)
Monthly hardware revenue of the U.S. video game industry 2012-2014
- Retail revenue of the U.S. video game industry from May 2012 to May 2014 (in billion U.S. dollars)
Revenue of the U.S. video game industry 2012-2014
- Software revenue of the U.S. video game industry from May 2012 to May 2014 (in million U.S. dollars)
Software revenue of the U.S. video game industry 2012-2014
- Video games revenue worldwide from 2012 to 2015, by sourceVideo games revenue worldwide from 2012 to 2015, by source
- Time spent with video games in the U.S. 2008-2018Time spent with video games in the U.S. 2008-2018
- Revenue of video games in the U.S., 2009-2014Revenue of video games in the U.S., 2009-2014
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