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When I got my MCSE (2003), I took all the tests in three weeks, no boot camp, no classes, no ExamCram fake tests, just the M$ certified books and my normal client responsibilities. As a reward, I was given an Xbox 360. Thankfully, CompUSA (RIP) took it back and gave me a credit for it, which I used toward a PS3 60GB.

My kids play some games on the PS3 (NCAA Football, Madden, Blazing Angels), but I mostly use it as a media center to stream music, family pictures, etc. and as a Blu-ray  player. OK, and I still like Spyro (mea culpa).

If sales are any indicator (and they usually are), it looks like the Xbox is going down. Microsoft losses money (apparently a lot of money) on each one sold, and the market looks like it's evolving to two major players: Wii (if you want to play standard console games) and PS3 (if you want to do more). What's more to say? Xbox was outsold by Sony's previous generation console:

Console Sales, Q2 2008
Wii 5.2 Million
PlayStation 3 1.6 million
PlayStation 2 1.5 million
Xbox 360 1.3 million

Can't say I'm sad that another M$ product is in trouble. That's why it's hard not to laugh when they talk about how 'consumer focused' they are when developing Vista and Server 2008. Yes, they've got consumer products down nicely.

You keep using that word. I don't think it means what you think it means.

Comments (2)
Craig Wiseman July 31st, 2008 12:40:36 PM

1) Xbox 360 closer to death spiral?
Greyhawk68 8/1/2008 9:37:59 AM

Nah, MS isn't in trouble at all. If you followed E3 at all, MS made a big splash with tons of good game announcements and feature upgrades and the like whereas the PS3 was noticeably low-key.

I have both a Wii and an XBox (and might get the PS3 for the Blu-Ray capabilities) and after playing with them all, the XBox wins hands down for me for a few reasons.

XBoxLive is the major one. Yes, it's $50 a year, but it is the best online experience by far. Easy to get into games, download demos, chat with friends, rent movies etc. Their online experience is just so much better.

PS3 is catching up, but the Wii is still pretty horrible.

The Wii is good for the casual games and things like Wii Fit, but they have like 10 killer titles and nothing else. Both the PS3 and XBox outpace them for quality titles. So I really don't even consider the Wii a competitor. Just seems like a different market segment to me.

Serious gamers will choose a PS3 or an XBox for gaming, and a Wii for family fun.

I'm not a huge MS fan by any means, but the 360 is a great device and worth every penny. As for sales numbers, the PS2 has been outselling both the PS3 and 360 here and there, so it's not surprising.

I think it's going to be a really good fall for the 360, but we'll see. But rest assured, it's far from a death spiral.


2) Xbox 360 closer to death spiral?
Craig 8/19/2008 8:22:43 AM

Sorry, Mr. Greyhawk - I'm not sure what about your post caught the attention of the spamblocker, but I just noticed it.

You may well be correct, but here are some thoughts for you about the M$' issues in the console market: { Link }

The longer term issues for xBox are: * The PS3 is outselling it, the xBox is losing (lost?) it's advantage in unique games, M$ bet on the wrong HDDVD technology, adding disk to the 360 is expensive, and the PlayStation online offerings are getting quite good ('good enough' in M$ speak), so where does that leave any significant advantage for xBox?

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