Former Xbox fans are buying PS4, says Sony 
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Geoffrey Tim
June 13, 2014 at 9:15 am

Crossroads

According to Sony’s US marketing boss John Koller, former fans of other consoles are the people who’re now rushing to buy the PlayStation 4. Citing some or other internal marketing data that may in fact be wholly fabricated, Koller said that 31% of  new PlayStation owners PlayStation 4 had an Xbox 360 or Wii in the last generation, but skipped the PS3.

According to that very same research, 17 per cent didn’t even own a console in the last generation, suggesting that it’s bringing in new consumers – or even bringing PC gamers over in to the console side of life.

For the most part though, the 8 or s million people that have bought PS4’s to date are the sort you’d call “The core gamer.”

“The person that we’ve picked up since launch primarily is someone we call the connoisseur, someone that loves, unequivocally, loves games,” Koller told Kotaku. “They are the people who, when you walk in [to their home], there’s no books on their book shelves. They’re all game packages. They’re the people who stood in line at midnight [for the console's launch]. They really are a fantastic consumer for us. They’re a great part of the PlayStation nation.”

That said, it’s not just the usual early adopters rushing to buy the consoles.

“One thing that’s interesting, though, is that we’re starting to see a lot more of what we thought were going to be adopters later down the cycle coming in really early.”

Are you an Xbox 360 or Wii owner who’s gone with the PlayStation 4 this generation? Here in South Africa, I imagine very many former Xbox fans have switched this generation. They’ve had little choice; the Xbox One is yet to be released locally, though it’s coming in September.

I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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  • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando
    • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

      Had to post this, sorry, but I can’t stop watching and laughing!!!

      • Rince&exhale

        Uh uh, dat first one from that page killed me!

        • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

          Those hairless ones?

          • Rince&exhale

            The one where he lands on his face :) From yesterday. Not sure if Geoff sent to you

      • HvR – THE Average GAmer

        Hehehe Eina bliksem hy het ‘n knater geknak.

    • VampyreSquirrel

      Ken… didn’t make it after crashing in Barbie’s car… but no one cared as it was neither a tragedy or a great loss…

    • Ottokie

      Nothing like a good GIF on a Friday morning, Thx Chief

      • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

        ;)

    • Rince&exhale
    • Rince&exhale
      • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

        Sjoe!

        • Rince&exhale

          Lol. He was okay though :)

          • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

            Face surgery required most likely

      • zeemonkeyman

        See I don’t find that funny, why would you find someone seriously injuring themselves funny?

        • Rince&exhale

          no, you are quite correct. That was poor form.

        • Hesperus Phosphorus

          It’s called ‘Schadenfreude’… and people who hurt themselves doing particularly stupid things (usually in an attempt to be ‘awesome’) deserve to be laughed at.

          • zeemonkeyman

            You tell that to mothers who have lost there kids in horrific car accidents all because they were teenagers trying to impress people or get an adrenalin rush. When people are young their brains don’t quite work properly (google it, it’s a fact ) which causes them to take stupid risks, does that mean they deserve to be maimed or killed? No, no it doesn’t.

          • Hesperus Phosphorus

            Yes.

            Death by stupidity. Natural eugenics.

          • zeemonkeyman

            Teenagers brains aren’t right (it’s a fact look it up) and it makes them take stupid dangerous risks, does that mean they deserve to be maimed or killed? No, no it doesn’t.

    • Sway

      Cool Lambo pedal cart….

  • VampyreSquirrel

    I’ll be going PS4 this gen… when I can afford it.

    • Ottokie

      Also jumping on the PS4 train but only when that smexy white PS4 launches.

      • Sk3tz0

        With the Snow Camo Controller.. So much WIN

    • Rince&exhale

      See you there brudda!

    • FoxOneZA

      Precisely that. The Xbox 360 appealed to a demographic that couldn’t afford the PS3. Remember how ludicrously priced that was at launch? Now MS wants to compete at the same price point but with inferior hardware.

      • VampyreSquirrel

        Took me 3 years (give or take) to join the previous gen of consoles, just because of price (my jobs at the time didn’t help much either)… may be the same story this gen. We’ll see.

        • MichaelMatusowsky

          job[s]. You’re a strong human. I wanna kill myself just studying.

  • https://twitter.com/SaveTheQueenIX Badass Eyepatch Man

    I’ve gone from 360 to Wii U…Booyah, row row fight the POWAH

    • FoxOneZA

      I’ve done the same and also use the PC for multiplat titles.

  • https://twitter.com/SaveTheQueenIX Badass Eyepatch Man

    I’ve gone from 360 to Wii U…Booyah, row row fight the POWAH

  • Hammersteyn

    ion? Time to go home!

  • Hammersteyn

    ion? Time to go home!

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Well that explains why I don’t have a PS4. I have too many books.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Well that explains why I don’t have a PS4. I have too many books.

  • Hammersteyn

    The XBOX ONE in the header is to scale, but the PS4 isn’t that big

    • oVgeeeeee Comet Drop

      and it has no external brick yet its smaller than the Bone.

      My mind cant compute.

  • Pieter Kruger

    So now you have to complete an online survey before you can start playing the PS4??????

    • Rince&exhale

      Solly, vat?

      • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

        HAI

        • Hammersteyn

          HAI

        • HvR – THE Average GAmer

          HAAI (Afrikaans vandag dammit)

          • Hammersteyn

            Uiteindelik, en dis net Geoff op kantoor vandag so hy kan nie na Gavin toe hardloop nie.

          • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

            Hiehiehie

          • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

            Janee, ek dink in die volgende artikel gaan ons volstoom!

          • DrKiller

            En hier dog ek dis net ek wat glo in Afrikaans Vrydag!

      • Pieter Kruger

        Sony had one……
        1. Games

        • Hammersteyn

          We got games, indie games.

        • Spathi

          Exactly, the console is perfect, now the third parties need to perform!

        • Marigold

          IMHO PS4is the best console so far.

        • Sk3tz0

          HAD.. The Key word in that Shitty Comeback of urs.

        • Guest

          They have games, thanks.

    • Rince&exhale

      Better than completing a mandatory day one half gig patch :P

    • Hammersteyn

      LOL then comes a questioner that’s got the same questions as applying for Japanese citizenship

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    It’s a obvious choice. The Xbone doesn’t even have a controller.

    • Rince&exhale

      You don’t need One… BOOM…

    • Hammersteyn

      It’s got Kinect, you are the controller

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        There’s no Kinect in the header either hehe.

        • Hammersteyn

          Um it’s behind the behemoth console?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Good point. You can barely see the mountain behind it even.

          • Rince&exhale

            Can’t see the kinect for the mountain? tehehe

  • Tortoise

    Went from 360 to the PS4. Even if the xbone had been released would’ve gone PS4 route – PR cockups, force feeding Kinect, price difference – no thanks.

    • Rince&exhale

      What you said.

  • oVgeeeeee Comet Drop

    You can say the same about the PS2 owners jumping onto the XBOX 360.
    Like me, who has now jumped onto the PS4.

    Like the PS3, the Bone had no clear mandate.
    An expensive investment requires a clear cut message.

    • Rince&exhale

      And like the doomed Titanic, I too shall follow your path brother!

    • Marigold

      I also started gaming on the PS2 (my dad’s) and then got a xbox 360. Now a happy PS4 gamer.

  • Hammersteyn

    XBOX ONE was a PR nightmare, then taking into account all the 180s they did it’s actually a miracle people bought them in the first place. The Titanfall hype probably played the biggest hand in this .

  • Martin du preez (D4RKL1NGza)

    By gamers FOR gamers then you couple that with Live, Learn and Love philosophy you get:

    http://static.gamespot.com/uploads/scale_medium/104/1042265/2432399-ehulwqf.gif

    • FoxOneZA

      That’s why so there were so many broken PS4′s at launch :P

      • Mabenito

        LMAO..! You Win. Flawless Victory.. Fatality

  • Ryanza

    No books on the bookshelves, standing in long midnight launches. “American gamers”?

    Sony fucked up with the launch of the PS3. I still don’t want one. And believe it of not but the Xbox 360 started off as a really good gaming console with some nice games. But then the NXE dashboard took all the focus off gamers and games and focused on Xbox Live and Kinect, no more focus on the gamer, nor creating new games. I mean they had Rare and what was Rare doing, Kinect Sports.

    Sony learnt a lot since the launch of the PS3. The focus on creating new games and more new games, has brought PS3 back where today I think it has more consoles sold than the Xbox 360.

    Microsoft fucked up with the Xbox One because it needs the internet to activate and that is not an option for a lot of people and when I say a lot, I mean a lot. So all those offline Xbox 360 users are going to get the PS4.

    I have never owned a Playstation console. I went with the Xbox and Xbox 360. I’m not a early adopter, I don’t do midnight launches, I have books on my book shelf and when the next GTA game hits consoles, I will be getting the PS4.

    Don’t support DRM. Internet activation to get a gaming console to work. Fuck that.

    • DrKiller

      Dude your comment is longer than the article! We believe in TLDR; over here!

      • Ryanza

        Ya I know. I don’t like writing these long comments but it’s Friday so who cares. Not like it’s a Monday.

    • Sk3tz0

      U remind me of the blind preacher from Little Nicky

      • Ryanza

        But, after much thought and careful consideration, I’ve decided that the ruler for the next 5 years is going to have to be…PS4

    • Brian Murphy

      “And believe it of not but the Xbox 360 started off as a really good gaming console with some nice games”

      I actually choose to disagree on this point. It had some nice games…but the 360 for the first 2-3 years of it’s life was one of the worst pieces of crap to ever have been released into the market. The white washing people do, to forget the FACT that Microsoft knew it was releasing a machine with defective architecture is quite amazing.

      • Ryanza

        So you agree that there was some nice games but RROD made it a bad console.

        My comment was specifically on how the console played the games. I do understand that the console couldn’t play the games with RROD but when the console worked the games played nicely on it.

        • Brian Murphy

          Well, that’s part of my issue here. I cannot just gloss over the hardware issue like so many have (not saying you are). Microsoft should’ve paid a hell of a lot more of a price in the industry, than simply their billion dollar band-aid program which didn’t fix anything, it just ensured that fans would get another defective unit as quickly as possible.

          From a consumer standards position, it’s a terrible thing that gamer’s allowed to occur. It’s terrible thing for the industry to say yeah, we know you made this horrifying piece of crap, but the mere handful of games you can’t get anywhere else but here, makes me turn the other cheek.

          Gamer’s really, really need to start policing the industry better. If they think Microsoft or Sony or Nintendo really have their best interests at heart, man, they’re in for a rude awakening.

  • Krypty

    I would have made the banner with a picture of Sherlock Homes stating the following quote: “No shit, Sherlock”

    How MS approached the situation and especially in the case of ZA and in many other countries I cannot blame fans and customers.

    This generation could be decided not on Hardware and titles but how PR and marketing handled the situation in the beginning.

  • FoxOneZA

    And Sony know’s this how? O_O

  • Ir0nseraph

    I went from 360 to PS4 , kinda right about the books thou there definitely not on the self any more, E-books so much easier.

  • Mike Doutchevitch

    It’s true in my case. The 2 companies reversed between the 2 generations. Last gen the xbox360 came out first. It was cheaper and for a long time had more games. I couldn’t understand why anybody bought the PS3 when it came out, just as I can’t understand why anybody would buy an xboxOne now.

  • BacchusZA

    I’m most assuredly a PC gamer, but I’ll eventually get a PS4, because there’ll be some pretty wicked exclusives over its lifespans.

    I’ll also get the XBone at some point too, for the exact same reason, same as I did both last gen consoles.

    Even if all they do is sit on my coffee table & collect dust 99% of the time because I can’t play my SWTOR or flight sims on them :p

  • Marigold

    I’m a former xbox 360 owner who made the jump to PS4. I bought it the minute it launched here. I can’t be happier.

  • Veeash Lala

    I have a ps3 and x360 but before the now ‘next gen’ consoles were around I was by far an xbox fan. Everything seemed a ball ache from Sony whereas with MS it was easy. Somehow both parties did an about turn. I must say I’m ecstatic about the ps4. It’s been a long time since I’ve felt such pride with a console; counting the hrs before I go home and boot it up. Well played Sony, well played.

  • Lydon McG

    Made the jump from the 360 to PS4 myself. Couldn’t be happier!

  • CAE9872

    Not necessarily that far fetched. Whether the numbers work are perhaps debatable but just sheer numbers vs each other means there must have been some movement.

  • MichaelMatusowsky

    HURR DURR

  • Tidycpc

    Waiting till september

  • Tauriq Moosa

    I’m selling my PS4 and getting a Gamecube. It’s clearly a superior console to both.