This IDC study primarily compares and contrasts the leading home video game console hardware makers and related game software providers in 2014. North America is broken out from Western Europe, Asia/Pacific (including Japan), and a combined rest of world region. The state of digital-only microconsoles and gaming set-top boxes (STBs) is also considered in moderate detail.
"Sony's PlayStation 4 was the clear market leader in 2014. Outside of North America, Sony has put Microsoft and Nintendo in a tough competitive position, and unless these companies continue developing and executing innovative counterstrategies, it'll be tough for them to win back market share in 2016." — Lewis Ward, IDC's research director of Gaming