James Sawyer Ford
I think you misread what has happened with XSS. Without it, Xbox would be even further behind in sales. (a lot worse, actually)
Do you really think somehow MS would have sold more without it? I seriously doubt it, it's Sony that has delivered on key software over the past year, and that's along with the prior gen success is what is driving PS5 sales.
Steam deck is niche, I agree with that for the following reasons:
- No retail presence, no hardware in stores
- No exclusive games
- Weak marketing
- Lack of units to start
- Lack of track record and name recognition
- Lack of true console like interface
- Some games run, some do poorly, some not at all
- Was not a true hybrid in that there is dock included
This is really nothing like what Sony would launch.
They should have offered an XSX digital console @ $399 like Sony and just sold one console. I am guessing the sales would be similar.
Sony launching a handheld, after failing twice with a handheld, makes no sense. Their consumers clearly dont care about it and would rather play on the couch. I can't think of a single time I'd care to play my console when I'm not at home.