a PS5, Xbox or Switch for Christmas? Is it realistic to consider offering a console?

PHILIP FONG / AFP The Grail for many gamers: the PlayStation 5, which should also be noted this year for its absence under the Christmas tree.

PHILIP FONG / AFP

The Grail for many gamers: the PlayStation 5, which should also be noted this year for its absence under the Christmas tree.

INFLATION – If the video game industry has had good years since the Covid-19 pandemic, the end of 2022 could mark a real failure for the console sector. In Christmas 2022, the three major manufacturers, Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo will participate in a fierce battle like every year to get a place of choice under the gamer’s tree.

But in the context of widespread inflation, combined with a lack of materials, having a PlayStation, Xbox or Switch under the tree can be more complicated than expected.

Always more expensive

Two years after the release of the PS5 and Xbox Series, the acquisition of the famous last-generation consoles seems to be an obstacle course. The rarity of the PS5 has become a running joke on social media. If the players jumped on it when it was released, since then the console has struggled to find its place in the market, due to a great lack of components that prevent the creation of new machines.

As revealed on the special site The Verge in February, the substantial loss of a production of 6.5 billion gigabytes of NAND memory, this technology used for SD cards and SSD hard drives – present in the new generation consoles – drastically slowed down the production of the new PS5s , in point of view Sony will relaunch the production of PlayStation 4 to make up for this deficiency.

In addition to this shortage, there are also less attractive sales prices in the context of general inflation. Starting with the price of some games on next-generation consoles: when they are released at the end of September, the game FIFA 23 sold for 80 euros on PS5 and Xbox Series, ie 10 euros more than opus ” 22 released last year, increased by 14.3% within a year.

A phenomenon that began to be noticed by players after more than a decade of price stability in the video game market, as recalled The echoes. So blockbuster God of War: Ragnarokexpected on November 9, 2022, will also cost 80 euros new, where its predecessor released in 2018 cost 50 and 70 euros.

A general increase in the prices of major video game licenses (called ” Triple-A “) added to a very high selling price of consoles, higher than before: 549.99 euros for the PS5, after an increase of 50 euros due to inflation, against 499.99 euros for the Xbox Serie X. to find the last born from Sony used in a few clicks, but in exchange for an excessive amount: from 700 to more than 1,000 euros for a used PS5 in some sites.

An example of a PS5 model sold for 700 euros on the Rakuten site.
An example of a PS5 model sold for 700 euros on the Rakuten site.

An example of a PS5 model sold for 700 euros on the Rakuten site.

An example of a PS5 model sold for 700 euros on the LeBonCoin ad site.
Screenshot of Le Bon Coin An example of a PS5 model sold for 700 euros on the LeBonCoin ad site.

Screenshot of Le Bon Coin

An example of a PS5 model sold for 700 euros on the LeBonCoin ad site.

And in the end, the Switch won

With the same console since 2017, and despite an optimized version called “OLED”, released in October 2021, the Nintendo Switch now seems the only ideal candidate to decorate the legs of Christmas tree.

A trend that seems to be confirmed over time since 2021, it is already the small console from the Japanese manufacturer that sells best in France, with about 1,231,000 units sold, more than its two competitors : 600,000 PS5 and 214,000 Xbox Series were sold. last year, according to data provided by the Syndicate of Leisure Software Publishers (SELL) and the Ludostrie site.

More family-friendly and offering an unbeatable price (about 260 euros for the classic version), the portable home console from the Japanese manufacturer cultivates its difference even though it also suffers from the same lack of event like its competitors, in addition to very strong demand. .

The only downside: the planned obsolescence of joycons, these small controllers essential for playing on the Switch, sold at an average price of 65 euros. Pinned for years on this UFC Que Choisir malfunction, Nintendo announced ” repair Nintendo Switch controllers for free and without difficulty, even without warranty “. But the problem continues according to the consumer association, which even filed a complaint in 2020 against the Japanese giant for ” planned obsolescence “.

The Switch, however, retains its unbreakable status as Christmas approaches. The proof is in the list of the best-selling video games of 2021: if FIFA 22 topped with 1.59 million sales, second place was occupied by a five-year-old Switch game: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe with 503,150 sales (not counting digital sales), a small achievement for a racing game released in 2017.

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