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Fox News Says Consoles Are Done

by Joe Juba on May 14, 2011 at 12:01 PM

An article at Fox News declares that the end is near for consoles, and that that Nintendo's upcoming system could be the last of its kind.

You can read the full article here, but be warned that hardcore gamers might find it a bit infuriating. With lines like "Consumers are already warming to the idea of not owning their games" and "Whatever happens, it’s obvious services like iOS (rumored to be coming to Apple TV), Steam Games, and Onlive have commoditized video games, reducing the need for any specialized hardware," it's clear that article isn't written to speak to the hardcore crowd.

Of course, Fox News hasn't traditionally been a great source of video game news or commentary. Even so, the popularity of Steam as a digital distribution platform along with an increase in mobile gaming certainly makes the future of consoles difficult to predict.

To offset the doomsaying, Nintendo's director of public relations, Marc Franklin, is quoted as saying: "Consoles display games on the biggest screen in the house. No other game device can match their impact. No other type of gaming brings people together in the same way.”

What is your response to the article? Is it too soon to declare the death of the home console?

(Source: Fox News)