The console wars really heated up during the holiday, and as we reported here on TGD, there was a surprising twist in the new year. PlayStation 4, who were originally behind in the race, ultimately came out ahead. Where Xbox One was considered a more versatile unit, the hardcore gamers helped drive PlayStation 4’s sales to the top.
According to the L.A. Times, console sales are up 50%, which gives us a good impression that this could be a big year for gaming. Another strong signal is that PlayStation 4 came out ahead of the console wars, meaning that more hardcore gamers have been buying the Sony console than the XboxOne, which is a more versatile unit.
The Times tells us that a whopping $1.37 billion has been spent on consoles in December, an increase of 28% from 2012. According to NPD Group’s data, spending on gaming products has also gone up 2% from the previous year. Consumers spent close to $2.4 billion on gaming last year, and 2013 was indeed a blockbuster time with titles such as GTA V, which may become the best-selling game in the series, Call of Duty: Ghosts, which was the top seller for December, and more.
So again, all this signals to us that this could be a big year for gaming, as well as gaming technology, and we can’t wait to see how things develop from here.