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Post Dedicated Gaming Devices as a Dying Market
Many have said this recently, but an article over at Asymco has some staggering stats to back it up... Below is a link to the article and several charts they use for illustrations.

So... What do you think??

Original article at Asymco -- http://www.asymco.com/2013/09/09/game-over/

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I think it's pretty true. That's why video games are evolving more than ever. Companies are trying to change things up and find something that keeps people gaming. I think that's why we're seeing stuff like Wii U which can be used as somewhat of a handheld and Vita TV that lets you play handheld games on the TV. It's becoming harder to convince people to invest in something just for gaming, so they have to find ways to make it more accessible for people.

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Dont really see it "dying" as that graph just shows a decline, but cutting it off before the next gen debuts is a bit of stretch before a console of them have sold. Notice Sony has been slightly decling less and is about to overtake nintendo portable sales with its console sales even in this year, and then microsoft has actually been on an increase. Ninty has things they need to address in numerous areas though, 3DS being unlike their other systems going down fast, and then Wii U being low...

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I think what we are seeing, as the article and others have suggested, is that the lasting appeal of a dedicated console (home and handheld) is dropping significantly. Numbers are higher than ever for first-adopters, meaning that there are still a ton of people ready and willing to buy these dedicated systems. However, the number of people who are just slightly interested and might get one sometime down the road is dropping rapidly. Why? In a word -- mobile. In more than one word -- mobile's convenience, mobile's increase in power/graphics, mobiles pricing structure.

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Dont really see it "dying" as that graph just shows a decline, but cutting it off before the next gen debuts is a bit of stretch before a console of them have sold. Notice Sony has been slightly decling less and is about to overtake nintendo portable sales with its console sales even in this year, and then microsoft has actually been on an increase. Ninty has things they need to address in numerous areas though, 3DS being unlike their other systems going down fast, and then Wii U being low...

What an odd comparison to make. You compare Sony's console to Nintendo's handheld, then speak of Nintendo's handheld declining with no discussion of Sony's handheld. Then again, that's a normal comparison by your standards so no surprise there.

I don't think anyone is really saying gaming is "dying" per say, but that yes it is declining. Just like how people with common sense don't say that Nintendo is doomed, but rather that they are declining in sales compared to previous trends. The gaming industry is headed in a downwards trend in general... we're far, far from being gone. But things are in a decline.

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I think in addition to mobile, I think gaming just keeps getting more expensive. With the 360, PS3, Wii U, there was a $10 hike in games, in addition to 360 and PS3 launching over $350, it's harder for the consumers to drop that kind of dough at the beginning of the generation. I understand that prices of consoles and games decline over time, but it also means I think people are also exiting the hobby since they either think it's too expensive, or simply don't have the time (as games continually take longer to complete).

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DarkWish wrote:
xXxTrIsTxXx wrote:
Dont really see it "dying" as that graph just shows a decline, but cutting it off before the next gen debuts is a bit of stretch before a console of them have sold. Notice Sony has been slightly decling less and is about to overtake nintendo portable sales with its console sales even in this year, and then microsoft has actually been on an increase. Ninty has things they need to address in numerous areas though, 3DS being unlike their other systems going down fast, and then Wii U being low...

What an odd comparison to make. You compare Sony's console to Nintendo's handheld, then speak of Nintendo's handheld declining with no discussion of Sony's handheld. Then again, that's a normal comparison by your standards so no surprise there.

I don't think anyone is really saying gaming is "dying" per say, but that yes it is declining. Just like how people with common sense don't say that Nintendo is doomed, but rather that they are declining in sales compared to previous trends. The gaming industry is headed in a downwards trend in general... we're far, far from being gone. But things are in a decline.


Didnt think it was worth mentioning the depressing state of sony handhelds outside of JPN. Was the vita ever living?

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Post Re: Dedicated Gaming Devices as a Dying Market
hattrick wrote:
Why? In a word -- mobile. In more than one word -- mobile's convenience, mobile's increase in power/graphics, mobiles pricing structure.


This. Handheld companies have to differentiate their games and content from "apps" to make them enticing enough to plunk down some cash. We are seeing Nintendo hardware sales pick up a ton because they are giving the consumer something they want and can't get anywhere else. It's why you dont see nintendo games anywhere other than nintendo hardware. If they did, Nintendo would turn into a Sega.


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