Originally Posted by VIRGIN KLM
While what he says about the next gen console sales might be correct and for sure is going to turn out that way (we already have the best example, the Vita), every other statement he does is equal to what a 5 year old would think which is sad for a videogame industry businessman...
If there is something to blame the dissapearance of consoles and the very-very-very decreased sales numbers that would be nothing else than:
1.Global economy crysis
2.People being unimpressed by the hardware specifications of the console, which now everybody knows that he can't invest such big amount of money to a device that has such low specifications because it's lifespan will end very quickly and he'll have to buy another device/console which would be a tottal waste of money.
3.Costumers being unpleased or pi$$ed off by some incidents or moves the company of the console they are interested in did in the past, being very sceptic to buy a console or not or even wait for a huge pricedrop or most commonly boycooting them completely. The thing is that the company that developed the console needs to cover up the money they invested in the development period of the console and this mostly relies on the high prices of the launch date sales and the period before a pricedrop. With that stance by the consumers (sceptic/waiting for pricedrop/boycooting and all of them combined) obviously this is impossible so the companies have to make some huge decisions, and nearly all of them have a very-very-very bad ending like cancellation of the console, merging and bankruptcy.
See how all the above statements I did are connected? All because of money and the global crysis is because of all those facts.
Also I'll make in a simple paragraph with not many words why what he says about the extinction of consoles and his statements about it are sooo wrong:
Not all consumers, or even better, not even the majority of them are pleased either by smartphone gaming or cloud gaming or even PC gaming, and even more, they don't seem to care about their fast rising in performance and power, but even more intrestingly, the day that things will change about how consumers think about those things will not come any soon, I could even say not even in the near-to-distant future and ALL videogame companies know that and this is what they keep investing in the field.
Agree with some of your comments, like smart phones be hopless as gaming machines.
But I disagree about consoles not lasting long. PS2 is enjoying a ten year+ life(it's still selling/been sold/ and supported by devs/Sony).
PS3 and PSP will also enjoyatleast 10 year life span(with suport from devs/Sony).