Retailers: Xbox 360 to win next-gen console war
And they're pee'd off with the Wii
Retailers think the Xbox 360 is most likely to win the next generation console war, but they're still pi**ed with the ongoing Wii shortage, according to a survey.
The poll, which questioned 100 independent videogames shops and was commissioned by trade paper MCV, found that 49 per cent of retailers believe Microsoft’s Xbox 360 will trounce the Nintendo Wii and the Sony PlayStation 3.
While 35 per cent of voters think the PS3 will succeed, only 16 per cent think the Wii is capable of such an achievement.
However, 57 per cent of retailers claimed their biggest disappointment in 2007 has been the lack of available Wii stock. Only 22 per cent were disappointed by the PS3’s launch, while a mere four per cent were similarly vexed by the PlayStation Portable’s sales performance.
Microsoft scored a double whammy among retailers following its Halo 3 launch, despite the game’s central London lift-off being somewhat of a misfire. The report discovered that 31 per cent of games retailers thought the title's launch had been the highlight of the year, although the Wii’s continuing success followed closely behind, with 30 per cent of votes.
Unsurprisingly, Bill Gates still came out on top when participants were asked whose job they would have if they could have anyone else’s in the industry. So it seems money can still buy you friends...
who cares about format
The format war is interesting because i dont many people who give a toss. The disc as a format is dead it will all be about mass storage media in the future and emulators to run any HD media you like.
Based on this I would give XBOX 360 the edge because I dont wont a HD player I have a PC with an internet connection and Broadband this is where it's going sod the disc format.
"What's with the Reg bashing?"
One post makes me a Reg basher? Besides, my point was that I thought the article title was a tad sensationalist.
"49% does make a majority if it's the most popular of 3 choices."
I understand your point but the fact is that 51% of retailers do not think it will 'win' (Whatever that means, exactly.) That is the overall consensus from the source of the poll quoted in the article.
I take it you're a first past the post rather than a proportional representation, kind of guy? ;-)
..to ask the retailers when sales figures are widely published? I tried to buy a Wii in Game, but they didn't have one, so I went to HMV, who did. Nintendo aren't macho enough for hard-core game shops, who are now grumpy about losing sales they're not trying to make!