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GamesIndustry International recently interviewed a number of industry analysts about the influence that Grand Theft Auto V will have on next-generation console launch sales. GTA V is set to release on September 17 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. There has been no mention from either Rockstar or Take-Two about the game coming to next-gen.
Lewis Ward, an analyst at the International Data Corporation (IDC), says that American interest in next-gen consoles is weak. He believes we will be perfectly satisfied playing GTA V on current consoles. “…a lot of gamers are going to stick by their Xbox 360s, Wii/Wii Us, and PS3s at least until the 2014 holiday season, when the game catalog will be a lot bigger and some of the online kinks will have been worked out. That also means that games like GTA V should have plenty of runway to sell well in the meantime, as long as they deliver the goods.”
Independent analyst Billy Pidgeon agrees, claiming that GTA V will likely set new sales records. “I'd expect the game to have a positive influence on [current-gen] hardware sales, particularly when bundled with hardware by retailers. If there are concurrent price drops for Xbox 360 and PS3, that positive effect will be even stronger."
Jesse Divnich, analyst and vice president for Electronic Entertainment Design and Research (EEDAR), argues otherwise. "PlayStation 4 and Xbox One continue to stay at the top of the charts on Amazon.com. Consumers are clearly excited for the next generation of consoles to launch." Referring to GTA V, he stated, "I don't foresee one current generation game, no matter how large it is, impacting the start of the next generation of consoles."
What's your take on GTA V’s relationship to next-gen consoles?
[Source: GamesIndustry International]
Our TakeNumbers don’t lie – preorders for next-gen consoles have been astoundingly high. Technology, along with consumers, only moves forward with time. Whether it’s this holiday season or next, PS3’s and Xbox 360’s will slowly be replaced by their more modern counterparts. For the time being, however, it’s nice to know that games like GTA V will give current-gen gamers a valid reason to delay the inevitable for a little while longer.
Rockstar should have waited about four months and then have released GTA V on nex gen, imagine all the extra stuff they could have had.
I think it's reasonable for people to hold off new-gen system for now until mid-late 2014. There's still alot of games coming out for current-gen and GTA has to be the most important one.
Plus I want to come into the new gen with a good library of games already and not playing one, wait for another one to come
Keeping my xbox 360 and my new ps4 will be joining it shortly.
Waiting for GTAVI!
The preorders for PS4 are filling up fast Gamestop no longer takes Preorders on it and they're saying there's no demand corporate greed if you ask me. a billion (estimated because there's no way to determin actual preorder numbers) units world wide and there's no damand.
My take? GTA V will have people playing all fall, winter, and spring of 2014 combined. For those who are fans of the series, there probably won't even be a reason to buy next-gen thanks to car-jacking and dope-dealing taking up all their free time. Basically, next-gen will finally start to matter to some by the time the NEXT GTA game is actually released on next-gen.
I know whats going to happen. similar to when skyrim came out. it will probably only take a month or 2 to make it into ps4 right? so they just wont say that's happening so they'll get good sales for both current and next gen separately. cuz skyrim bundled all dlc and updates for same price, just later. that's just my take.
Yea gamers are still gonna buy it regardless of weather its on a nex-gen console or not
It is all about gameplay and story-line. Like many, I have NO doubt this game will, "own". RS is genius to release this game 4-7 weeks before the next generation consoles. I am buying this game and I know it will suppress my need to move on the next generation consoles. I will wait to purchase my next console until after the new year. Nice, "R-star"!
I won't be buying the next gen systems for quite some time. I'm going to let everyone else deal with the hassle of a garbage system until they get it fixed. Furthermore, I will never get rid of my 360, I'm still building a game collection for it and GTA V is on that list.