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Console War, p92

August 31, 2022 by Tim

Holy shit, it’s finally happening. PS5’s are just, like… in stock in some places. Just sitting there.

What a crazy time to be alive.


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Stef
Stef
1 month ago

They have been for a while where I live

gigaplex
gigaplex
1 month ago
Reply to  Stef

They’re still not even listed as a product on online stores where I live since they’re perpetually out of stock. They sell out in store instantly whenever a shipment lands.

Graeme Spence
Graeme Spence
1 month ago

I’ll stick to the superior PC gaming lol.
Where is the PC people in this whole war would love a comic where you see PC Tower generals talking about the console wars even have them talking about the console sides trying to get them onside.

James Rye
James Rye
1 month ago
Reply to  Graeme Spence

The PCs are tourists who watch the consoles like a safari trip.

Pulse
Pulse
1 month ago
Reply to  James Rye

i think its sad but i also have a vague memory of this being an actual panel

LazerFX
LazerFX
1 month ago
Reply to  Graeme Spence

Eh, Xbox has that in the bag with Xbox GamePass. Sony is flirting but flailing at the moment, just like the (sadly) constantly-inferior PS Plus. Then again… I got a PC and a PS5, rather than an Xbox, because… well, I’ve got a PC, so why get an Xbox? Everything’s coming out on PC, included in XBGP, so… what’s the point?

rdh288
rdh288
1 month ago
Reply to  Graeme Spence

They’ve had a few brief appearances. See Pages 65, 66, and 87 of Console wars

Foxhood
Foxhood
1 month ago
Reply to  Graeme Spence

Oh they have been depicted a few times. Mostly as like a suburban nation that treats the console wars more like a novelty. That or they are dealing with internal conflicts between the religions of Valve and Epic.

There was also this brief stint of “The Steam” when the steam machines where a thing, but they got snuffed out pretty quick, though i could see them returning considering how the Deck is succeeding where the machines failed and providing some competition vs the consoles. Especially Nintendo whose tightening of anti-emulation tactics may be a response.

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
1 month ago
Reply to  Foxhood

Eh. I’ll believe that Steam Deck is something worth a page in the Console War if sales ever come out that show it selling even halfway close to the rate of a console after its first few months. Valve’s got to do more than just be like, “Hey, we made this thing, it exists” to get the general public’s attention.

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
1 month ago
Reply to  Graeme Spence

PCs aren’t in the console war. As a general purpose machine, they’re above it.
After all, until the day comes when you can file your taxes using your PS5 or work your office job on your Nintendo Switch, there will *always* be a demand for PCs.
No God of War or Halo or Zelda will *ever* dent that demand.

Now, phones and tablets, on the other hand…

wkz
wkz
1 month ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

Could be a proper arc by itself, mobile games.

  • Phone games are all pests and insect swarms, showing how much depth most of them have (little), but how many of them are out there
  • But they’re all bloodsuckers all, representing the very, VERY micro-transaction-laden mobile market.
  • And then some really big swarms of scary gribblies start to attack the PS5/XBox/Switch forces. These represent the big successes: Popcap, King, etc.
  • And and then the giant spiders the size of an Abrams Tank appears..

Could even have an arc where a “weapons manufacturer” attempts “biological warfare”, to abysmal results. (Diablo Immortal)

FireballDragon
FireballDragon
1 month ago
Reply to  Graeme Spence

Oh god, you’re one of those people.

Simon
Simon
1 month ago
Reply to  Graeme Spence

You’re being downvoted because you wrote PC “people”.
They are GODS.

Chris Berry
Chris Berry
1 month ago

Time to bump them prices up Sony.

Kyz
Kyz
1 month ago
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Stan G
Stan G
1 month ago
Reply to  Kyz

What the? How greedy can you get? I understand it’s gotten more expensive to manufacture these things, but Sony is a massive company. Just eat the cost increase instead of passing it on to consumers. Increasing the price two years into the generation is a pretty low move.

DanVzare
DanVzare
27 days ago
Reply to  Kyz

You’re kidding right?
The hardware is two years old at this point. They should be dropping the price, not increasing it!

Logan
Logan
1 month ago
Reply to  Chris Berry

They recently did.

Gnarph
Gnarph
1 month ago

More troops but the cost per unit went up outside the US market. Still: PS5 isnt doing bad internationally if certain retailers will put up stock online and sell out in a few hours…

Stinkfoot
Stinkfoot
1 month ago

Now do one about how the costs of this war are jacked up in Europe with an additional 50 bucks.

Coorhagen
Coorhagen
1 month ago

I just read all the episodes from the very beginning. some of them are completely incomprehensible today and refer to events that hardly anyone remembers. Unless he was part of them. Nice allegory of real wars and what they were fought for.

Merendel
Merendel
1 month ago
Reply to  Coorhagen

Well darn. now I feel like one of those old war vets who was there and wonders why the current generation just does not remember what went down.

The Legacy
The Legacy
1 month ago
Reply to  Merendel

Those Nintendo-Sega wars… I remember them well. When I signed up for the Nintendo Armed Forces, I knew what I had to do to take down the blue menace.

Casra
Casra
1 month ago

PC, PS5 and Series X. NGL play time is:
PC
Xbox
Phone
VR
PS5
Around here at least. Just… don’t really fire the darn thing up that often. Though, part of the console lack of love has been 7 year old 50″ tv in a room 20 feet across, but that remedies today with a fancy fancy new TV. LG G2 77 on the wall, I am.. thinking it’s time to fire up Horizon again…

Drood
Drood
1 month ago
Reply to  Casra

Finally got a 4K HDR TV yesterday (Not LG OLED THOUGH….) Have had the PS5 since launch day. I am also thinking I need to re-play some games.

TRwolf2k
TRwolf2k
1 month ago

I finally got mine two weeks ago and it was still a ‘lets check in the back’ kind of deal. I got lucky and a box with two got delivered right before they opened. And now I finally get to play my copy of Horizon Forbidden West!

Frederic Simard
Frederic Simard
1 month ago
Reply to  TRwolf2k

It’s a great game, enjoy!

SuperExoticShrub
SuperExoticShrub
1 month ago
Reply to  TRwolf2k

I just recently finished Zero Dawn on the PC and I’m sad I’m going to have to wait like two years to play the sequel.

Spencer
Spencer
1 month ago

I was just able to get my Series X after trying for a year.

Kaitensatsuma
Kaitensatsuma
1 month ago

Even as a PC gamer seeing all of my favorite games get ported (albeit sometimes incredibly poorly) I do sometimes miss the days of cracking open a beautifully designed plastic case and feeling the plastic disk in my hand and sitting down crosslegged on the carpet, controller in hand.

foducool
foducool
1 month ago

and now nobody got the moolah to buy them lmao

Freelance
Freelance
1 month ago

Shame that they’re losing out to XBox and Switch in Japan.

Marth Koopa
Marth Koopa
1 month ago

I just don’t see the point of buying a PS5, especially after the prices got jacked up while PC part prices are plummeting. An excellent budget build with an i5-12400 and RTX 3060 is only $800. This price will drop even further very soon, when Ryzen 7000s, intel 13000s, and nVidia 4000s launch. The PS5, however, is getting more expensive and will cost a whopping $650 PLUS hundreds upon hundreds of dollars more in subscription fees just for the basic right to play your games online. Which is literal highway robbery. That puts the cost of a PS5 beyond $1000… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by Marth Koopa
DanVzare
DanVzare
27 days ago
Reply to  Marth Koopa

The only advantage consoles have in my opinion, is the general lack of DRM. I’m looking at you Denuvo!

Although recent news is making even that point invalid, as Denuvo is planning on putting DRM onto the Switch.

Sum Gai
Sum Gai
1 month ago

…Yeah, a bit late at this point. any hype I had had long since died and any games I wanted I can now get elsewhere. I’ll need a pretty good reason to get a PS5 now or just wait for the next generation, though I suspect by then we’ll have the same issues again. Eh, Maybe if Sony’s version of game pass was actually decent i’d get one.

Gwydion_Wolf
Gwydion_Wolf
1 month ago

Didnt they also price-hike them? (Sony, not price-gougers)

no thanks nintendo
no thanks nintendo
1 month ago
Reply to  Gwydion_Wolf

Yes, Sony raised the price in many countries around the world.

Microsoft and Nintendo followed up with some easy Ws by announcing they would not be raising their prices.

J.D.
J.D.
1 month ago

Iv always thought the “shortages” of gaming consoles were about as fake a shortage you could come up with.

Pulse
Pulse
1 month ago

great, finally i can buy one. now to go hungry for a month so i can afford it.

Pyre
Pyre
1 month ago

What’s amusing about this is that today, I made a move that has pushed my eventual PS5 purchase from 2023 to 2025-2026. I’ll still eventually get it but the remaining games that I want to get it for (God of War/Ratchet & Clank/Spiderman/FF7R) all have earlier games in their respective series that I should play through first before I get the PS5 versions. The real push was from Stranger of Paradise. Today, I decided that it’s better to play it on my Xbox One now so, instead of getting it in 2023, I can comfortably put off a PS5 another… Read more »

Del Cox
Del Cox
1 month ago

You know, after the SNES had been out for two years, they’d started work on the N64.
Just food for thought.

Sweetos
Sweetos
1 month ago

I checked, fake news 🙁

Metus
Metus
29 days ago

-has yet to find a PS5 and now the price went up as well-