Arts and Sciences
Ever since the beginning of the video game industry, consoles have come and gone such as the Atari 2600 and the Nintendo Gameboy. However, there are two main series of consoles that have continued to modern day: the Xbox’s and the PlayStation’s. These two series of consoles have been rivals for more than a decade, consistently releasing systems to compete with each other. Furthermore, similar to consoles coming and going, many companies have gone bankrupt due to significant gaming failures and losses. Because of this, there are only few major companies still producing games, along with some independent game developers struggling to succeed. However, more successful, independent companies and developers means a greater variety of games for consumers to play. Therefore, I determined which series of consoles appears to be the more profitable series for small companies and individual developers. Along with these series of consoles, the gaming industry for the PC has recently expanded rapidly and appears to be more friendly to low-budget games. Therefore, I analyzed PC game sales and concluded where should new video-game developers invest their time and money for producing games: for Xbox’s, PlayStation’s, or the PC.
Shomer, Thomas, "Comparing Profitability for Game Developers: Xbox vs PlayStation vs PC" (2020). Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE). 879.