While the original Xbox outclassed the PlayStation 2 when it came to pure specs, it couldn't get close to the market penetration that Sony's console enjoyed – which made the stunning success of its successor, the Xbox 360, all the more remarkable.
Microsoft's Xbox division did something that was deemed to be impossible just a few years beforehand by going toe-to-toe with its Japanese rival; while the system was still outsold by the PS3, the margin was quite small – 84 million units compared to the PS3's 87.4 million – and, in the west, the system enjoyed particularly robust commercial success.
That's not to say that the battle between the two formats went totally to plan; Microsoft had to deal with the infamous "Red Ring of Death" issue, which caused 360 consoles to shut down.
This period in Xbox's history was overseen by Peter Moore, who had previously worked at Sega. He recently spoke on the 'My Other Passion' podcast (spotted by Pure Xbox), and briefly addressed his time at Xbox, and how the company "encouraged" the console war of the period:
"We encouraged the console wars, not to create division, but to challenge each other, and when I say each other I mean Microsoft and Sony. If Microsoft hadn't of stuck the course after the Xbox, after the red rings of death, gaming would be a poorer place for it, you wouldn't have the competition you have today."
Ironically, of course, neither Microsoft or Sony would emerge as the champion of this particular console war; that honour would fall to Nintendo's Wii, which sold an incredible 101.63 systems.
[source youtu.be, via purexbox.com]
I remember that era well. Microsoft did had a good headstart in the beginning. despite the infamous ROD the early Xbox 360's were suffering from. One thing though is that the 360 did had some success in in japan.
The XBOX brand was never really popular in Japan to begin with. but the 360 was something else. I mean, it had Galgun for crying out load. And it was able to get some JRPG's earlier than the PS3 did. Blue Dragon comes to mind. Not to mention Tales of Vesperia.
I'm thinking about getting a 360 at some point. Just for old time's sake. I can go on & on. But I'll stop there.
Competition breeds innovation.
If Xbox and PlayStation were not competing against each other, the gaming industry would become stale.
If two companies compete against each other, then one has to raise their stakes to gain the advantage, which would get their rival to take it a step further.
When there is more competition in any industry, the customers would benefit from more choices and more solid ones at that.
This goes for any industry, without competition, you have to try to market every audience, which clearly isn't possible. Thanks to the rivalry between Microsoft and Sony, both companies are able to target whichever audience they see necessary and excel at it.
competition is great, it leads to better games
Do the 360 and PS3 count as classic gaming now, oh god aaahhhhh
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