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Reports of the Death of Consoles Are Greatly Exaggerated
Reports of the Death of Consoles Are Greatly Exaggerated
Written Tuesday, July 10, 2012 By Lee Bradley
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Are consoles really a dying breed? An increasing number of industry players and pundits think so. Everyone from Crytek to David Jaffe and a million mobile developers (surprise!) say that this next generation will be the last. But save that space under your TV, because we reckon there’s life in consoles yet. 

The way games are made, delivered and consumed is changing more rapidly than at any other point in the industry’s history. As a result, some of the old ways of doing business will cease to exist. That much is inevitable. But many of the arguments employed by the naysayers are flawed. 

The rise in popularity of mobile gaming, the decline of retail and the emergence of streaming technology will change the gaming landscape forever, yet none of these advances can challenge what consoles do best. We love our games machines and we’re not going to let them go. Here’s why.

The Mobile Threat

Mobile gaming is on the rise. On smart phones and tablets, across Android, iOS and Windows Phone, mobile games have never been so popular, delivering cheaper, more accessible experiences to an install base that dwarfs that of consoles.

Add the blistering pace of technological advance and soon we’ll be looking at mobile devices that outstrip the power of consoles. Really soon. But does that mean consoles are going to die? Of course not.

The truth is that mobile gaming isn’t a real competitor to console gaming. It’s a complimentary platform rather than a competitive one. Sure, parts of the market overlap, but would you pick Zenonia 3 over Skyrim? N.O.V.A 3 over Halo? How about Real Racing 2 HD over Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit? More than likely not.

Mobile games can’t match consoles for depth of experience, nor fidelity of control. They’re compromised. Titles such as Dead Space iOS and Mass Effect Infiltrator may look like their console big brothers, but they certainly don’t play the same. Touch screen controls, just like Kinect, PS Move and motion controls, are not designed to replace a controller, but to offer an alternative. For console games, they’re simply not good enough.

Core gamers will always prefer to play using a controller on a nice big HD screen, despite the extra cost and lack of portability. That won’t change. Put it this way, a SMART car may be smaller, more fuel-efficient and cheaper than an Aston Martin, but we know which one we’d rather own.

Cloud Gaming

Perhaps the biggest threat to consoles lies in the cloud. With Sony’s recent acquisition of game streaming service Gaikai and Microsoft’s assertion that it has been looking into streaming for years, many outlets presume this to be the final nail in the coffin of consoles. 

Streaming works by doing all the heavy lifting at server end, meaning that all you need is a reliable internet connection to run the most advanced and graphically impressive games on any device. With streaming, new consoles with improved abilities simply aren’t required. The next generation of hardware isn’t needed.

Except it is. Steaming gaming isn’t nearly at the stage where it can replace true console experiences. It’s compromised by lag, has compressed, blurry visuals and is at the mercy of your internet connection. And that’s if you even have an internet connection. In the US some areas don’t have broadband at all, while in the UK rural areas remain patchy. Even the best connected areas are occasionally blighted by drops in the service and bandwidth throttling.

Consoles are an attractive proposition because of their ease of use. You know that when you fire up a game on your console, it will work. Everything you need is in one place, without the need for driver updates, a new graphics card or any unnecessary fiddling. It’s immediate, you can just dive straight into the action. A streaming-only future cannot guarantee this.

Then there’s the subject of Smart TVs. Even with the digital infrastructure needed to stream games through your television without compromise, there’s no suggestion that they will replace consoles. Such an argument overestimates the willingness of consumers to upgrade to a piece of tech twice as expensive as a console. Your average household replaces its TV every seven years and many do not even own HD sets yet. For console makers market penetration is essential, so a future where smart TVs are ubiquitous is a long, long way off.

Most importantly, Sony and Microsoft do not intend to chuck years of work out of the window in favour of streaming. They’ve established a successful model of diversification and it’s far more likely that we’ll see them implement streaming alongside their current services, not instead of them. Make no mistake, streaming is a huge advance, but it’s another method, not the only method.

The Death of Retail

Stores are closing and sales of boxed retail products are dipping, a situation currently exacerbated by the tail end of the console cycle. As a result, creating traditional, prohibitively expensive disc-based games is an increasingly unattractive proposition for developers and consumers alike. Smaller, cheaper, digitally distributed games are the only viable alternative.

Furthermore, in the UK last year, the top five best-selling games across PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 accounted for 40 per cent of the entire market. What this means is that if developers aren’t trading blows with the big boys, then they’re fighting over leftovers. Consoles aren’t an attractive platform anymore.

Except they are. The truth is that as long as the rewards for success remain so high, publishers will always chase that pot of gold, even if the rainbow is wrapped in barbed wire and dunked in Leprechaun shit. When series like Call of Duty are smashing global entertainment records, delivering high-cost, high production value games to unprecedented numbers of people, why abandon the most effective mode of delivery?

The retail model of physical media may be on its way out, but doesn’t mean that the experiences delivered on those discs is in decline too. Gamers still need a state-of-the-art machine capable of handling expansive, cutting-edge titles, and consoles remain the easiest way to consume them. 

It’s also worth bearing in mind that smaller, digitally-distributed titles have also found a home on PSN and Xbox Live. These past few months have delivered Journey and Minecraft, PlayStation Network and Xbox Live titles that have broken records on their respective platforms. There’s a huge upswing in digital games. All this accentuates the relevance of consoles rather than points to their death.

Consoles are diversifying, delivering a range of big and small games alongside entertainment experiences like movies, music, TV and web services in a variety of ways. With this in mind the dwindling retail market is an irrelevance. No longer a dedicated games machine, a console is an entertainment hub. It’s the only box you need beneath your TV. Disc-based games are in decline, but they’re an increasingly small part of what consoles do.





 
 

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Comment #1 by Simmy82
Tuesday, July 10, 2012 @ 07:45:26 AM
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I dont think i could cope without a console pad in my hands.

 
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Comment #2 by KJDellow
Tuesday, July 10, 2012 @ 07:57:07 AM
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Mobile gaming does nothing for me. I'd much rather sit down after a hard day, pick up my controller and play the games on my big TV.
Star

 
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Comment #3 by fiercelydriven1
Tuesday, July 10, 2012 @ 08:23:12 AM
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As stated above, I don't get into mobile games at all. I'd rather read a book on my Kindle than play a game on my phone...but if there's a console around I'm on it. Like it says in the article, the consoles are the only thing you need in your entertainment center anymore, because they do everything from streaming movies to displaying pics as well as allowing us gamers to play the latest cutting edge graphics created in a video game. If gaming shifts to where it's mainly only mobile, us die-hard controller fans will likely find a new, likely less fulfilling pass time.

 
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Comment #4 by Virtue
Tuesday, July 10, 2012 @ 09:13:18 AM
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Consoles aren't going anywhere anytime soon...

 
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Comment #5 by Omnisam
Tuesday, July 10, 2012 @ 09:24:22 AM
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They can try getting me onto mobile gaming. I'd rather get out my n64 and play legend of zelda than play on my phone.

 
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Comment #6 by Benmahalf
Tuesday, July 10, 2012 @ 09:54:30 AM
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Mobile gaming certainly has its uses but can NEVER replace a console. I play Tetris or mixi games on the bus or the train on the way to or from work. They're quick, not overly involved and can be turned off in an instant if necessary.

Skyrim, Heavy Rain, Halo...you need a big screen, a controller and a good chunk of time to truly enjoy the experience. You need a compelling story and more complex controls. There's no way to do that on an iPhone.

The generation when consoles become obsolete is the generation I become a retro gamer.

 
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Comment #7 by douggreen
Tuesday, July 10, 2012 @ 12:10:13 PM
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Great article, I pretty much agree with all of it. Is physical media really dying though? Yes I download games such as dead nation and back to the future, but I would much prefer to have my game on disc, no problem of limited number of downloads if your hard drive blows up etc. You can't sell a downloaded game on (although they are currently thinking about anti used discs technology). I also agree with the piece about upgrading TV's, I've currently got my PS3 hooked up to a 20" square screen cathode ray tube TV with inbuilt VHS player in many games my peripheral vision is missing and I easily get flanked but I'm quite happy with what I've got!

 
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Comment #8 by EveryVillainIsLemons
Tuesday, July 10, 2012 @ 01:51:10 PM
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I love my console. end.

 
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Comment #9 by Rafdog89
Tuesday, July 10, 2012 @ 07:44:19 PM
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Good read. I agree with comment #6. I was pretty much going to say the same stuff. Saves me time lol.

~ Rafdog89

 
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Comment #10 by Totavier
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 @ 01:09:42 AM
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A really good article and read but in my opinion i don't think that the mobile and cloud/streaming/digital or whatever is called going to replace consoles and retail games but one particular reason (that by the way i say it all the time and i know you guys are tired in hear this, but i repeat it anyway!):

"Availability"

A lot of people (same with the companies), think that this is not a big issue, not a minimun problem to the people who "cann't access to the digital store" because is not available in their country/region...

But trust me, is a big problem for us!, maybe a lot of you people don't know the feeling of this problem but is very frustrating let me explain in this way:

Anybody remember the PSP GO?, the PSP model that is was "digital only", remember that was failure?, well one of the funny reasons that was a failure at least in my country is because the console had a lot of features except one thing: "We cann't have access to the PS Store because the services wasn't available in our country", so... what we talking about?, really that was the future of gaming?, with the retail games was easy..., go to the store, buy the game, done it but in digital ehhhh..., where i buy it? (and too bad Sony didn't learn the lesson and the Vita follow the same steps...)

Also another bad thing with the digital games (only retail games), is a problem in general that all we know:

"The digital retail game has the same price of the retail game!", ok what that heck!?, the retail game is expensive because has box, cover art, disc and manual but the digital is well... digital, also for get the game digital i need internet and a HDD (extra cost), it should be more ehhhh... cheap!?.

 
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Comment #11 by Priddo
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 @ 04:13:08 AM
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I fucking hate playing games on phones. A DS is enough of a stretch for me.

 
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Comment #12 by diskdocx
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 @ 12:41:48 PM
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The biggest threat to consoles is the game developers/publishers themselves. With the push towards digital only, the continued war against used games and the influx of microtransactions to bleed their customer base, the developers may shoot themselves in the foot.

This industry has imploded before, and failing to listen to the core base of customers will risk this again.

 
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Comment #13 by XxFearReaper
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 @ 01:59:53 PM
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I like the standard go to the local gaming store and buy a game, driving home excited to open it up and play it. If Disc based games die I think I would give up going to be honest. Even digital games just don't do it for me.

 
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Comment #14 by kingring786
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 @ 06:23:59 PM
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great article.......... mobile gaming can never stand up to console gaming.... and i like physical disks may be i am just old school... but i like the experience of opening the Box of a new game... its as important as game play experience... i guess there are many like me or else we wont have so many unboxing videos On YOUTUBE ....

 
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Comment #15 by KingMomo
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 @ 08:12:23 PM
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Long live consoles.

 
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Comment #16 by dante_kinkade
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 @ 11:12:07 PM
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the only thing that will make them die is when we get real god to honest hollodecks from star trek, other then that though.

and yeah if the smallest chance they did die i would cry for about a year or more.

 
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Comment #17 by Skydancerofchaos
Thursday, July 12, 2012 @ 10:30:47 AM
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I've said thisn to most of my friends and they all get it. Mobile gaming has nothing to do with console gaming. The only people who have caught on to mobile gaming to such a degree are the very same casual players that played on the Wii.

Has any one of these experts corrilated the fact that the Nintendo posted a loss for the first time in years recently to the rise in mobile gaming? Probably not because they don't understand the industry anywhere near as well as a lifelong hardcore gamer like myself or some of you here do.

The Wii was an anamoly in gaming. It brought in casual gamers who never played games and never wanted to. It caused the industry sales figures to explode to over double their size pre-Wii and it has led to much of the industry becoming as large as it is and as publisher-driven as it has become with smaller companies ending up getting devoured in the rush. Budgets have exploded on games like Mass Effect, Amalur, and Star Wars: The Old Republic demanindg larger sales numbers. Etc etc etc. But the major point is that mobile gaming isn't taking away *ANY* of us hardcore players, the only people who ever truelly supported the industry and the consoles.

The Wii is falling off now because, as I used to tell people when it first came out, it was a fad. Even Nintendo has realized this(or always knew it ;p ) what with the creation of new console aimed directly at reacquiring lost hardcore gamers. That system created false numbers by bringing in consumers who wouldn't stick around for their next product.

So where are they going? The mobile gaming. It's casual gaming at its finest. Not one of us who plays Skyrim or Zelda or World of Warcraft or Metal Gear Solid will ever want to play games exclusivelly on a phone because you'll never get the same quality.

These "experts" need to get their heads out of their butts.

 
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Comment #18 by DarkByke
Thursday, July 12, 2012 @ 11:20:19 AM
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Mobile gaming is terrible. No thanks, I'd rather not stare at a tiny screen and tap the glass. Console & PC forever.

 
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Comment #19 by fiveheartkakuzu
Thursday, July 12, 2012 @ 12:39:31 PM
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Well.. There is no one who could say that Mobile games r better than console games.. And that little fucking screen could be better than ur TV?.. Sorry but mobile gaming will never beat console gaming.. And Mobile doesn't have FINAL FANTASY! aand millions sold cod..

 
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Comment #20 by Cornagandarub
Friday, July 13, 2012 @ 09:58:14 AM
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I love my PS3, but Sony and Microsoft can very easily fuck up their next generation consoles and in that case I already have over 100 games ready to play on my PC. Gaming on PS3 is way more expensive compared to PC.

 
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Comment #21 by Doppelgamer
Friday, July 13, 2012 @ 10:12:07 AM
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I'll stop buying new games if consoles and standard PCs ever get replaced by mobile devices. They're just awkward, and unfocused in purpose.

 
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Comment #22 by King judah
Sunday, July 15, 2012 @ 10:07:09 AM
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I buy and keep all my games and consoles its kinda like proof I have it, if there's no more physical disk im not really going to gaming that much plus what about ppl who rent or trade games not everyone buys games

 
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Comment #23 by AshtimusPrime
Sunday, July 15, 2012 @ 10:32:29 AM
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Mobile gaming is something for the train ride, or when you're waiting for someone, or when you're having a long shit. They're fun, but they will never replace Uncharted, Call of Duty and Killzone. Saying otherwise is, for want of a better word, stupid.

 
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Comment #24 by mysticmosh
Sunday, July 15, 2012 @ 11:03:00 AM
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Console AND discs for me. I like to hold what I've paid for and the downloaded games use an astronomical amount of space to store. I'd rather not game at all than use a mobile for my fav pastime.Angry Birds can suck my balls!.

 
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Comment #25 by AverySegaw
Sunday, July 15, 2012 @ 05:32:37 PM
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I don't know why people always forget about the economy...why do you think retail isn't doing so well? Why do people like to buy $10-15 digital games on the PS Store or why do mobile games do so well for selling at $0.99? Casuals prefer cheaper alternatives and like shorter, smaller games.

Consoles, handheld or home, will always have a purpose as an in-between for expensive PC rigs and cheap mobile gaming. They are a gathering ground where both hardcore and casual gamers can play on the same machine. They are part of a balance that should not disappear.

As for retail sales going down and digital picking up, I'd like to call BS on that, I think some statistics are being skewed to justify publishers going all digital and charging the same as a disc or to justify going into a F2P/microtransaction release style. If anything, retail is dropping because $60 is just too much to spend on every new game that releases.

Overall, if consoles disappear, then it's because publishers and console developers decided to keep chasing the casual market's money stream. And it's very possible that this could happen one day. One truth is that core gaming has always existed on computers, and in the future a core gamer may end up having to go to PC just to play a quality game to escape a gaming market full of mediocre trash designed for casuals.

 
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Comment #26 by EpicLoots
Monday, July 16, 2012 @ 12:34:37 AM
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this "a SMART car may be smaller, more fuel-efficient and cheaper than an Aston Martin, but we know which one we’d rather own".

 
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Comment #27 by ElfenSky
Monday, July 16, 2012 @ 08:46:38 AM
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@26: Epic comment is epic. I think you summed up all our feelings in that one shot phrase...

 
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Comment #28 by Pinhead
Monday, July 16, 2012 @ 11:28:23 AM
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Nice article, I'm quite certain the consoles have a lot in them yet, but I've always been prepared for going back to PC gaming if Virtual Reality breaks through at some point, as that will probably start out on PC's.

As for mobile gaming, I've tried everything from the original gameboys, PSP's and LCD games to the android games on my phone, NinDS and so on, never liked it, actually hated it and in most cases felt it was a mockery of my beloved hobby, but the Vita pulls it off, I tried one and was sold on the spot, but it also feels like console gaming.

I'll stick by the consoles, if they'll stop making them I'll just stick with the ones I have (have 7 different consoles hooked up, perpherials for them all, 1500+ games in all, will be adding Xbox to the lot soon - finally, heck as long as there'll be electricity I'm prepared for a damn holocaust)

 
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Comment #29 by SecretBunnyNinja
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 @ 08:45:36 AM
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I certainly don't think that consoles will die very soon, but I can see a future with cloud gaming if and when technology allows it.

 
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Comment #30 by Bill
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 @ 04:54:17 AM
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howsoever it WILL be a challenge to keep consoles up there.
If new games go the route MAX PAYNE 3 did, (where the patch made it worse & seemingly little or no server support for multi)charging $60 a game.....well
its a good contest for casuals

 
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Comment #31 by Killer85500EXE
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 @ 07:25:26 PM
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One does not simply replace a PS3 with android or mobile phones. ALL the games ive tried on the phone are pure crap, id prefer to play tetris or pacman.

 
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Comment #32 by ManlyGenius
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 @ 08:14:04 PM
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The day when everything goes digital or is all streaming or all mobile gaming is the day my PS2 becomes my religion.

 
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Comment #33 by starcrunch061
Thursday, July 19, 2012 @ 02:33:32 PM
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Consoles are going to die not because of a lack of players, but because of the idiocy of developers (or worse, companies that buy up developers). Time was, selling 500,000 games was a high-water mark. Now, if you're not selling 5,000,000, you're a failure.

If some people leave consoles for mobile gaming, good riddance anyway. Maybe then, we can get some more content-heavy games rather than "Most recent anonymous 10-hour FPS/TPS with multiplayer #27."

 
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Comment #34 by starcrunch061
Thursday, July 19, 2012 @ 02:34:45 PM
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@32: I have a PS2 waiting in my closet for just that apocalypse.

 
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Comment #35 by Lamizzle1219
Friday, July 20, 2012 @ 01:52:40 AM
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I cannot see the console going anywhere anytime soon. Like many others on here, I will play a few games on my phone while going to and from work. But would i do that at home?? No way. I don't shell out all sorts of money for a console system just so it can be a paperweight on my entertainment center. Give me a controller, a big screen TV, and a few brews and I am good to go for a while

 
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Comment #36 by vikebone
Friday, July 20, 2012 @ 10:00:44 AM
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Great article. I have to agree with you 100% that I don't think that consoles will disappear from the market. The distribution method might change and evolve, as we have seen in this generation, but they will not be completely gone. There will still be people who want a dedicated gaming console hooked up to their TV so that they can use a controller and sit back and relax in their living room.

Just look at the success of the Ouya campaign on Kickstarter. People still want consoles.

 
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Comment #38 by JD-WELLS488
Sunday, July 22, 2012 @ 11:39:29 PM
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PS3 is my last console .....period.

 
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Comment #39 by DeathOfLight
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 @ 10:40:36 PM
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Amazing thoughts, pretty profound.

 
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Comment #40 by Ron-A-Palooza
Thursday, July 26, 2012 @ 08:11:56 PM
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these people are morons.sounds to me that the mobile gaming industry thinks this. I will never give up gaming on my ps3 or in the future ps4 on my 60 inch tv rather than my 6 inch POS phone.

 
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Comment #41 by twyz
Thursday, July 26, 2012 @ 11:19:14 PM
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The day consoles go away will hopefully be after I'm dead.

 
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Comment #42 by playdude28
Friday, July 27, 2012 @ 02:45:27 AM
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Consoles arnt going anywhere. I've been playing on consoles since the the age of 10 in the days of the nes and I'll still be playing on them untill the day I die.

 
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Comment #43 by Scarfacew00t
Friday, July 27, 2012 @ 07:46:58 PM
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Mobile gaming is nice, I got the sony xperia play, and actually I find myself playing alot on this. I got all the snes games on it (954 games to be exact) and seriously this little thing is funny, but playing on a touch screen only, yes it sucks and it will never replace the console and the couch. I love my xperia play but when im at home, it stays in my pocket or serve as a phone only.

 
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Comment #44 by Ominatorx
Friday, July 27, 2012 @ 11:42:44 PM
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The only thing clouds are good for is rain! Good thing I have lots of stuff saved(hoarded)from many years of collecting to keep me dry.

 
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Comment #45 by revilnemesis3
Sunday, July 29, 2012 @ 06:07:20 PM
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Mobile gaming might have a few good games and digital might be useful but the day where everything is either digital, streamed, or mobile is the day when gaming will truly die.

 
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Comment #47 by MoogleMog
Sunday, August 05, 2012 @ 10:53:10 AM
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Long live Consoles! =)

 
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Comment #48 by paulik
Monday, August 06, 2012 @ 06:20:06 AM
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I've been playing console games since 92,i first had a Rambo.I dont see myself without a console in my life,mobile gaming is for the weak.

 
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Comment #49 by tmac718
Wednesday, August 08, 2012 @ 11:20:08 AM
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Good Read! And yes nothing like being able to play bluray or dvds listen to music look at pics stream netflix or play skyrim lol on a big screen on my couch with a controller. CONSOLES FOREVER!!

 
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Comment #50 by BACON75
Wednesday, August 08, 2012 @ 09:10:16 PM
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It's simply the standard money chasing misconception made by corporate-minded types. They see a huge chunk of money going to the sales of apps for mobile devices, mainly so folks can keep themselves amused while waiting in the dentists office or to keep the kids entertained while driving to grammy's. Yeah I can see in ten or twenty years there may be devices and a network infrastucture to create a universal, on-demand, portable medium (movies, games, tv, communication) to a standard on par with physical "hard-wired" devices. But for now it's all just experimentation and speculation. Besides I enjoy being "disconnected" from time to time... lowers the light bill too.

 
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Comment #51 by starcrunch061
Monday, August 13, 2012 @ 04:16:39 PM
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While I admire the passion displayed, I see nothing in this article to convince me that consoles are here for the long run. This is little more than random speculation, and appeal to the past, which is always dangerous when dealing with technology. Ask companies like Kodak what happens when you simply rely on your market saturation in the face of new technology. Heck, ask Sony about their troubles with televisions (which often sell for less than their production cost).

The comments display similar passion, but at times are funny. I particularly like tmac's comment about being able to play DVDs while streaming Netflix. Delicious irony, considering that in one fell swoop, Netflix gave up its entire physical catalogue.

I for one hope that consoles don't go the way of the dodo, but I have doubts as to their ability to survive in the face of the corporate greed that thinks that a game has to sell 5,000,000 physical copies to be deemed a success. Too many hands reaching for the same pie...

 
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Comment #52 by devilchild9725
Tuesday, August 14, 2012 @ 01:20:03 PM
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Great Article. If anything I think Gamers are in for an interesting ride over the next 10 years. Its great to see all the innovation and how integrated technology is becoming. Despite it all there is still something special about the home console.

After all... I'm sure plenty of people still enjoy hooking up a N64 every now and again.

 
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Comment #53 by MembraneParadigm
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 @ 02:27:10 AM
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It is my prediction that the generation following next generation (PS4, etc.) will be a gloomy, last chance struggle at pushing things we can't afford or just don't want. The bubble will burst and we will see PC gaming becoming the dominant force. Sony will start releasing Vaio Playstations and Microsoft will make PCs with X-Box live support. Nintendo will be the only one pushing a DS console targeted at hardcore gamers. Sega will seize this oppurtunity to re-enter the console market. Rinse and repeat.

 
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Comment #54 by Zyzxx
Thursday, August 16, 2012 @ 03:55:07 AM
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@53: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J41ba7qv9rQ

2:02 - "You know, if I ever said something THAT STUPID, I'd shave my ass, and SHOOT MYSELF."

 
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Comment #55 by DarkAngelus23
Saturday, August 18, 2012 @ 09:40:31 AM
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I pick Zenonia 1-4 over stupid Skyrim.

 
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Comment #56 by melodicmizery
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 01:05:59 AM
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consoles will be around for at least another 10 years. you have to upgrade the entire internet. ps3 wanted games to all be digital, but right now they cant even handle a handfull of 7g or 15g files without them being a download error. it took me 2 months to download a 15g game because it errored everytime. not to mention ps3 download caps your speed which takes even longer to download a huge file. streaming, nah, not everyone can afford a fast speed and even the fast speed has problems. remember the internet was ment for dialup originally and weve flexed it far enough. jaffe, well we all know how good his advice is since he made twisted metal the biggest worst coded game ever that over heats your ps3, trophys dont unlock, and cant connect to the internet. cloud gaming nope, theres 4 diff systems that came out you could download the game off your tv for cheap and those blew out of existence or no one knows about them. cell phone gamers dont exist really. non gamers love apps but those are just games u play while waiting somewhere. no one sits in there house and plays a cell phone game for 8 hours a day 7 days a week like a console or pc.

 
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Comment #57 by ShadowDraygon
Tuesday, August 28, 2012 @ 12:59:05 AM
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Sony and Microsoft may die but Nintendo Still remains.

Dont take me wrong but they are the only one doing money out there.

 
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Comment #58 by HSRandmehateCOD
Wednesday, September 05, 2012 @ 08:28:42 PM
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"Consoles are an attractive proposition because of their ease of use. You know that when you fire up a game on your console, it will work. Everything you need is in one place, without the need for driver updates, a new graphics card or any unnecessary fiddling."

THAT IS THE REASON I AM NOT A PC GAMER! Everything has to be complicated to the max. Spend hundreds of dollars on graphic cards, extra HDD spaces, HDD transfer, etc. How about, buy the game, play it? Or better yet, have all this crap built in. -_-


 
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Comment #59 by Mackeenboyle
Sunday, September 09, 2012 @ 01:53:28 PM
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Comment #6 has it right. No matter how good the controls or graphics are on the phones, they are still just that: phones. They are made to call people. Not game like a true gamer.

We all want a long night of bad food, booze/soda, and a big screen to satisfy our thirst for a true gaming experience.

 
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Comment #61 by DeathMask Divine
Friday, September 28, 2012 @ 11:19:02 AM
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Crytek says a lot of crazy things concerning the "Future" of gaming. Their CEO has recently stated that the future of gaming will be free to play PC games and has put his company's money where his mouth is with thier upcoming game "Warface".(stupid name) Of course "Crysis 3" will be available on PS3 in February. All this death of consoles business is stupid. The Playstation and the Xbox aren't going anywhere. Nentindo is the only company that should have concerns in my opinon. Because all of thier business is gaming related unlike thier competitors. They have the potential to go out like Sega if this Wii U thing doesn't work out. But, that's the only core gaming company that I think has any prospect of failure. Sony and Microsoft should grace us with great games and the consoles to play them on for at least the forseeable future.

 
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Comment #62 by UncleBobbyDied
Saturday, October 06, 2012 @ 08:52:17 AM
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Bah, consoles will still be around for many years to come. It's cheaper than fussing around with upgrading your computer just to play games well and not to mention all the exclusives. And there's just something about being able to invite all your friends over and take turns/play split screen that's different than playing with them online. Real Human interaction.

 
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Comment #65 by coodybaroody
Friday, October 26, 2012 @ 10:24:33 AM
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Anybody thought what cloud gaming would mean for Trophy collecting?
Would it still be possible I wonder?

 
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Comment #66 by Khelthros
Thursday, November 15, 2012 @ 08:28:40 AM
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They're simply two different business models.

As with what #6 said, mobile games are not heavily involved. Quick and fast. That's their design. The best selling games on iOS are that way. For exactly the reason he stated. Sitting on the bus or train, need something to kill time. When you arrive, you can quickly cut off. Any iOS game development book I've read has stated this exact same thing.

Consoles are for the more involved. A 60+ hour RPG, I'd rather have on a console. For one, charging my iPhone 4 times a day because it's dead is not appealing. Getting a phone call while playing is also annoying. Consoles have their place. Mobile gaming has theirs.

Bottom line. The business models for both are different. One will not replace the other.

Note: I mention iOS/iPhone only because it's what I have and what I'm familiar with. Not to put down the Android or anything.

 
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Comment #67 by EpicLoots
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 @ 09:30:52 PM
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Not exxaggggerated at all. If it was, there wouldnt be rerelease of old PS1-2 games. I mean who plays these crappy games anymore? they look terribad on today HD big screen. And who hasnt replace their old crappy tvs with cheap big screens these days??

 
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Comment #68 by YusufObaidat
Saturday, November 24, 2012 @ 02:29:33 PM
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:/

 
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Comment #69 by l0rdg0ld666
Friday, November 30, 2012 @ 06:38:17 PM
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If consoles do not have a disk drive I'm seriously not playing games anymore. I like having a physical copy if I'm paying good money for it AND so I don't have to spend more of said good money when something happens to my hard drive. Like video games are not over priced as it is, its bologna.

 
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Comment #70 by sdfsdsssp
Friday, November 30, 2012 @ 09:14:50 PM
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Comment #71 by DEDZDARKO
Monday, December 03, 2012 @ 12:31:49 AM
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Completely agree

 
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Comment #72 by DEDZDARKO
Monday, December 03, 2012 @ 12:50:45 AM
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Bleh

 
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Comment #73 by tommy515
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 09:48:26 AM
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Long live the consoles!!!!!!!!!!!

 
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Comment #74 by southwestexpress
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 07:59:10 PM
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im fine with angry birds on my phone but a serious game i feel needs a tv and controller to enjoy to the maximum


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