And now for something completely different: I'm arguing on IGN (haha, good luck with that) about this:
iOS devices are more popular with kids these days than consoles are. Naturally, there's a flood of comments about how 12 year old kids who want iDevices are spoiled hipsters, and that the PS360 have already finished selling to their core demographic. I disagree with both points. First of all, the "spoiled" argument can also be applied to kids who want consoles (but somehow that's okay, of course).
More importantly, the PS360 have together sold 140 consoles this generation. Last generation, the Xbox and PS2 sold 175 million units. That's an incredible steep decline for an industry that's, in many ways, booming. Gaming is an explosive hobby. I'm wondering if it's really wise for Sony and Microsoft to stick with dividing those ~100 million "core gamers" who are going to be willing to spend $600 on a console that blows PC specs out of the water. Not to mention the rising costs of games as big-budget safe sequels get "okay'd" and all creativity is slowly drained out of the big releases. Yes, there's the digital indie space, but that exists merely because they don't have those graphics or budgets, and might as well move to iOS.
What do you guys think, Sony/Microsoft-wise. Will they just release powered up consoles next generation, possibly losing an even bigger audience, or will they try and take advantage of the blue ocean that Nintendo and Apple have created?
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on Thu Nov 22, 2012 12:33 pm, edited 1 time in total.