Console gaming sales down 24 percent in September

By Rick
Oct 12, 2012
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  1. It appears the U.S. console gaming industry has fallen into an autumn slump, generating $250 million less revenue in September than the same time last year. All in all, NPD Group analysts report that revenue was down about 24 percent....

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  2. NTAPRO

    NTAPRO TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 807   +91

    Maybe it's because some game are easier to get and are cheaper on pc :eek:

    "Borderlands 2 and Madden 13 dominate September video game sales: http://g4.tv/QgemXZ "
  3. Littleczr

    Littleczr TechSpot Booster Posts: 368   +68

    It's very simple. There are no block buster games out there.
  4. Gamesinner

    Gamesinner Newcomer, in training Posts: 77

    Borderlands 2 was the first game worth a damn in a long time. Otherwise I haven't seen anything worth 60 bucks.
  5. Scavengers

    Scavengers TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 101   +16

    quote="NTAPRO, post: 1240771, member: 280760"]Maybe it's because some game are easier to get and are cheaper on pc :eek:

    "Borderlands 2 and Madden 13 dominate September video game sales: http://g4.tv/QgemXZ "[/quote]

    There was a time long ago when this was true. Then for a few years it wasn't. But I agree that this is true more and more.

    Goop post NTAPRO.

    Dave
  6. killeriii

    killeriii TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 213   +14

    Two word fix:
    NEW HARDWARE!
    Market has been stale for years. Need some innovation out there.
    Looking forward to picking up a Wii U when they come out.
  7. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 941   +82

    Yeah, gamer family here, and we're just enjoying the games we already own and saving for new hardware. Not really a slump, in as much as we're time shifting when we'll spend money.
  8. Everyone is waiting on the Ouya to come out. :)
  9. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,473   +301

    WAIT A MINUTE!

    The Wii U is debuting in the US for $299!!!

    In the UK its coming to us at £350! WTF Nintendo!?

    Think I might setup an ebay account and get a friend in the US to send me some Wii U's and make a profit out of it ;)
  10. k9182000

    k9182000 Newcomer, in training Posts: 17

  11. Emulator kills the console :p
     
  12. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,866   +345

    I'll do it if I get some profit :D
  13. To the guy who said when school begins people don't have time to play. The numbers are down from the same time last year. More than likely its due to the huge sales of pc games like world of warcraft. When black ops 2 gets release next month console sales will go back up.
  14. Blue Falcon

    Blue Falcon Newcomer, in training Posts: 145   +36

    I think most people who wanted a current generation console have already bought one. Now who is left are 3 categories:

    1) Gamers who already own a console but wand a 2nd or 3rd console for more exclusive games (a small part of the market);

    2) Gamers whose console died and is out of warranty

    3) Gamers who held out because the price was too high and are waiting for sales on current consoles to buy.

    Since Xbox 360 and PS3 still have not even reached $99-149 price points, and even not $199 for PS3, it's no wonder the hardware market for consoles is shrinking. Then you have shrinking sales of games which is also expected since 2012 didn't have many great games and the number of new IP exclusives coming to consoles in the next 2 years before being replaced by PS4 and Nextbox can probably be counted on 1 hand. I think even the Wii U will not stop the console slump. There are other factors at play here are more casual gamers are choosing to play cheap games on smartphones and tablets than drop $40-60 on a console game.

    I think the golden age of consoles is behind us. I think the next 3 major consoles from Nintendo, MS and Sony will sell less in aggregate than the current generation. There is a lot more competition for consoles than ever. If Free to Play games become the future of gaming, it'll make console gaming even less attractive imo.
  15. Wizz-Fizz

    Wizz-Fizz Newcomer, in training Posts: 35   +11

    You should try out the almost $450 they are going to sting us Aussies
  16. dennis777

    dennis777 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 274   +29

    Because WoW and Diablo3 totally rocks so thats why their is no one buying for console
    (note: its sarcastic)
  17. treetops

    treetops TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,653   +51

    Emulators are a pain in the arse you will end up trying to get them running more then you will play a damn game. The wii one is the only one I remember for this gen of consoles and what a head ache it is.

    The emulators for old consoles aren't to shabby though. If you think your gonna emulate the next gen of consoles you better have a damn amazing computer and years of patience they still don't have the ps3 or xbox 360 and they are like 7 years old!
  18. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 957   +30

    The UK price of the Wii U is £260 for the basic unit, the equivalent of the $299 one. Still expensive, but certainly not the figure quoted here.
  19. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 957   +30

  20. treetops

    treetops TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,653   +51

    Some of these stories, I have no clue the ratio are not written by techspot but shared amongst many many many sites and news outlets.

    btw says page not found but yeah :cool:
  21. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,773   +1,429

    I'm not sure why, it just loaded for me.
  22. treetops

    treetops TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,653   +51

    Its loading for me2 now, idk what the deal was.
  23. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,473   +301

  24. I bet this has to do with people waiting for Halo 4 and Blackops 2 coming out next month?? Two of the top selling gaming franchises of all time? Maybe it's just me...
    Burty117 likes this.
  25. Blue Falcon

    Blue Falcon Newcomer, in training Posts: 145   +36

    Even with Xbox360 250GB dropping to $249 and Sony having a $269 PS3 bundle (http://www.gamrreview.com/news/89370/xbox-360-price-cut-at-gamestop/), that's still to expensive to waste on either console where in 1-1.5 years these consoles are basically dead. Most gamers realize over 6-7 years the cost of gaming is largely in software not hardware. Why waste $250-270 on a 6-7 year old console when you can wait 1 year and just put that $ towards a $400-500 new console that will have a 6-7 year lifespan, better graphics, more media features, etc? If you want to play the old library of 360 / PS3, I am sure MS and Sony will sell games online via their digital distribution services.


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