5 Ways It's Already Black Friday
5. The gamers are giddy: Grand Theft Auto V is already out, Call Of Duty: Ghosts is on its way in November and the going-away party for this generation of game consoles continues.
From here on out, it's anyone's guess what will happen to holiday video game buying. Sony (SNE) is releasing its $400 PlayStation 4 (SNE) in mid-November and Microsoft (MSFT) follows up with the $500 Xbox One a few weeks later. Both promise more integration with existing mobile devices and an expansion of the total-package, full-living-room premise that makes streaming, social networking and video broadcast features every bit as important as gaming.
Both systems come with huge stakes for their parent companies, which have struggled with the move to mobile and increased competition in their electronics and software niches. It also doesn't help that Nintendo's Wii U, the first console of the generation released last year, basically faceplanted on launch and forced Nintendo to scale back expectations. In fairness, the new PlayStation and Xbox iterations seem to be better integrated than Nintendo's and have a whole lot of third-party support going into their respective launches.Whether the larger U.S. consumer base has the stomach for expensive console upgrades is questionable, especially when the current generation is still pumping out hits. However, the non-gaming upgrades to each are making them more attractive to folks who may never buy a video game for either console. Still, with Valve's Steam game streaming becoming available on far less expensive hardware and console-based video game sales slumping as a whole leading up to the new-console release dates, it's still worth wondering whether these will be the last traditional video game systems to find their way onto wish lists. -- Written by Jason Notte in Boston. >To contact the writer of this article, click here: Jason Notte. >To follow the writer on Twitter, go to http://twitter.com/notteham. >To submit a news tip, send an email to: email@example.com.
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