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Recently, I saw a video on the YouTubes that got me
thinking. I’ll talk about it eventually, but first there are a few other points
I want to make about the topic.
1. Consoles probably
aren’t going to die
just get one of the big ones out of the way. I don’t think Consoles are going
to die. Despite the fact that at this point (pretty much) the only difference
between consoles now is the Interface, I think that (some) consoles are
probably going to stay around for a long time… by game industry standards. Let
me explain why. When you think about it,
things are simple: there is a machine that plays video games, and we play video
games on them it. The only question at this point is weather that machine is a
PC, or something else that is devoted to video games. I think that the consoles
are going to stay around, if for no other reason, than because of the
exclusives they possess.
remember in 2011 how no one would touch a 3DS with a ten foot pole? To
over-simplify things, that was because it only had third party games at the
time. None of the exclusives that people buy Nintendo consoles for were there
yet. Not surprisingly, when they did come, the 3DS became a best seller. Now
everyone and their Mom has a 3DS and the only people who remember the dry days
of no games are the vets like me who bought their 3DS’s the year before Mayan Calendar
expired. But the lesson remains, People will buy a console for the games that
they can only play on that console.
(speaking of screw ups)
2. Microsoft and Sony,
In November of 2012, half of all the content streamed
from services like Netflix was via a video game console, and about 40% of all
the activity on Xbox activity was on other Non-gaming things. Based on Information
like this, Sony and Microsoft (and Nintendo, in the form of Nintendo TVii)
found the focus of their next consoles, and that’s what they rode to E3 on.
as we all know, they were in for a rude awakening; Gamers, such as I and you dear
reader, simply don’t really care to watch TV on their consoles. That’s why they
were both so surprised at E3 2013 (Microsoft more so than Sony, because they had
put more on that assumption, so much so that the X-Bone has earned the nickname
“The VCR” among my circle of friends), because they were talking to the wrong
casual Audience, who would have cared/ used those features, didn’t watch E3. It
was this casual audience that primarily uses their gaming systems for things
other than gaming. And sadly, even this audience wouldn’t have moved to buy the
X-Bone or PS4 based solely on the fact that it can do the same video apps they’re
using already on their PS3’s and 360’s.
are bought on the games they have promised for the future, not for Netflix. At
the beginning of their life cycle they are bought (almost) exclusively by gamer
of all walks and phases of devotion. Mid to late in their cycles, when they
become common everywhere, the features like Netflix and Hulu get used by casual
gamers people who only got the console to play one or two games, and the families
of Devoted gamers.
3. The “Generation”
part has to go
according to that rumor, The Big N already has its next console in development.
brings about my final point about the topic of console generations. My question
is this: What if Sony and Microsoft just let this one slide? What if this
became (at least one of) the last console generations, not because the consoles
are dying, but because this generation will just last a long time? By making
the generation last closer to ten years instead of five, the big three essentially
just keep from alienating consumers by making them buy ANOTHER $500 box that
those are my thoughts on why Console gaming in its current state. Sound off in
the comments and I’ll see y’all tomorrow.