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So, Did Titanfall Convince You to Purchase an Xbox One?

Has the well-received game prompted a boost in Xbox One sales?

Yes, the game is also available on the Xbox 360 and PC. However, not everyone has a good enough gaming PC to handle the game (and many don't want to pay for such a rig), and others simply haven't made the next-gen leap yet.

So, has the recently released and well-received Titanfall finally convinced you to pick up Microsoft's new console? For an experience like that, you want the better hardware, right? You don't want to waste it on the 360, do you (no offense to those who are currently playing on the older console)?

It does appear as if Titanfall has already given the Xbox One a boost.

Are February numbers indicative of the Titanfall effect?

Possibly. According to the NPD results for February, the PlayStation 4 was once again the best-selling console in the US, but only by a "narrow margin." Nothing particularly special happened in terms of exclusive software releases during the month, so it's feasible that many of the Xbox One sales were in preparation for Titanfall.

Consumers like to wait until there's at least one huge title on the immediate horizon before they plunk down $500. Well, actually, it's more than $500, once you consider warranties, extra controllers, other accessories, games, etc. In short, it's a large purchase. You want to feel justified in that purchase. And a game like Respawn's latest gem might be just what you needed...

Is that one game enough to warrant an Xbox One purchase?

Some will say no, just because it is indeed available on the 360 and PC. Others will say no because one game isn't enough (I'm one of them). However, the launch lineup wasn't that bad, as Forza 5 and Dead Rising 3 were well worth playing. Besides, we've seen several multiplatform releases since then that could be worth the money, depending on your gaming preferences.

So, it's not like the Xbox One "only" has Titanfall. That being said, it's fair to say that it was far and away the most anticipated title for Microsoft's new console. Maybe you wanted it badly enough. Maybe when the March numbers come in, we'll find that the Xbox One vaulted over the PS4 for the first time this generation.

Don't underestimate inFamous: Second Son

I would like to add that a PS4 exclusive (which is not available on PC or PS3) drops next week, and it's nothing to be sneezed at. It's the new inFamous and a great many PlayStation fans have been waiting for it. There's little chance it'll sell as well as Titanfall, given the gigantic fanbase for shooters, but it might boost PS4 sales. If it does, it'll be interesting to see those March numbers...

Published Mar. 14th 2014
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