A simple call to arms for the console companies to listen to. With mobile threatening to unravel things, now is the time for some innovation.
I think mobile games like Angry Birds are more of an anomaly than anything. Most mobile games don't see a fraction of the success Angry Birds has had. The days of a console selling at a loss at launch are pretty much over. Only the ps4 will be selling at a loss this coming gen. And that's only $60, it was over $100 for the ps3 and 360 last gen. If a console can break even at launch then the cost of making a blockbuster can become profitable if the sales are there. I think there will be a push this coming gen towards digital games. That cuts out the manufacturing cost and gives an avenue for profit. The hurdles will be giving gamers good reason to go digital as well as download speeds. Only time will tell if the next gen console makers can make it happen.
"I think mobile games like Angry Birds are more of an anomaly than anything. Most mobile games don't see a fraction of the success Angry Birds has had" But there are far more to choose from. Thing is even the ones that don't get as many downloads are still profitable due to low development cost and through Micro transactions. We do not get to hear about the sucess because it isn't just to down to downloads anymore The only thing consoles need to innovate in is their pricing structure. 60 bucks isn't economically sound and F2P (yes I said it) is a good move forward if done right. With more studios going down that round the only ones that do it right will succeed (on mobiles it is far easier to succeed with lower development costs so this point don't become as valid from r mobiles as it does for consoles)
But still the whole argument of mobile gaming unraveling consoles has always been based on a majority of gamers opting out of purchasing consoles and just being content with mobile gaming. Even the most casual of gamers, the ones who buy WiiU just for Zumba (for example)or party games, would they get the same satisfaction out of their mobile devices? Maybe you can hook a mobile device up to a TV for a larger picture but would a large enough number of people be willing to do that and not buy a console?
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