With the antics of Electronic Arts and Bethesda aside, 2018 was a great year for gaming.
So many top-class games were released across all platforms that every gamer was able to find at least one new creation which brought them hours of enjoyment.
Now we enter an all-important 2019, during which platforms will scrap over the massive PC audience while consoles will try to win the remaining battles before the next generation is ushered into play.
Steam cannot be toppled in PC gaming
Steam has long been recognized as the go-to platform for PC gaming, even with EA’s split to Origin taking many of the massive sports titles like FIFA, NHL, and Madden. At the end of January 2019, it was found that the platform was experiencing a concurrent peak of 17.5 million players, with PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, DOTA 2, and Counter-Strike Global Offensive being the most played on Steam.
Last year saw more developers moving away from Steam to make their own stores and platforms. Epic Games released their own store, which features Subnautica, Ashen, The Division 2, Fortnite, and World War Z, and offers a lower revenue cut to lure in more developers. Then there are also the likes of the Windows Store, Origin, Uplay, and many other developers who sell their games themselves and away from Steam. Regardless of this, Steam is still number one of its kind among gamers, offering over 780 million titles.
Even with its game sales exceeding $4 billion in 2017, Steam can’t hold up to the real online gaming juggernaut, with online gambling hitting $41.78 billion in 2016. While these gaming platforms have been bundled in together, many share the same games, with one of the game categories to choose from being that of slot games. These are the most popular of this huge gaming industry, with the games of Goblin’s Cave, Break Da Bank, and Magicious being among the most popular likely due to their high RTP percentages.
In 2019, more people will try out the other PC gaming websites, but Steam is expected to remain on top. In the grand scheme of things, however, online casinos remain the titans of PC gaming.
Xbox One all but out of the console wars
While the Nintendo Switch got off to a hot start sales-wise, its somewhat diminutive games library was troubling for some. When it comes to the console wars, the dividing line is often the exclusive games. So, in 2018, Nintendo went all-out to deliver a stream of top-class console exclusives which included Pokémon Let’s Go, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and Octopath Traveler. It just so happened that in 2018, the PS4 was also hitting home runs with God of War, Spider-Man, and Detroit: Become Human. The Xbox One, on the other hand, fell behind even further, with Forza Horizon 4 being the console’s only big and successful exclusive.
Despite being a late-comer, the Switch has become the fastest-selling console of the three in this generation and is set to continue to sell very well with another great line of exclusive games in 2019. The Xbox does have Crackdown 3, Gears 5, and Battletoads on the way, but the console looks to continue to fall behind.