Many gamers consider a console dead as soon as its successor hits store shelves. While it's true that the release schedule takes a massive hit when this happens, there are always a handful of titles that arrive late to the party. Take a look at the final games released for some of gaming's biggest consoles.
No real gamer would consider a console dead just because it's successor was released. I still buy and play NES, SNES and Genesis carts regularly. Even though I have a PS3 and Wii hooked up to my entertainment center, I also keep a PS2 hooked up which I still game on quite regularly. This is also why real gamers want backward compatibility.
Anyone who considers a console dead just because it's successor came out is gaming for the wrong reason.
I still play my Apple Pippen every day and buy all the classic games..........
I regret selling or giving away my Master System, Mega Drive, Sega CD, that 32 bits adapter and PS1. I had so many good original games in perfect state.
Only console I still have is a PS2 and PS3.
"Dead consoles" is only a label from the media. Its only natural that companys move on to a new generation for income stream and technology advancement.
What's with all of the disagrees on the comments in here? Are there gamers seriously THAT stupid to think that a new console means the previous one is dead? I mean, I knew that there are some people on this site that make a fly look like Einstein, but come on...
With that said, I played my Atari 2600 right until I lost the plug that let me play it on my TV. I still play my NES, SNES, and PS1 games regularly. I still play my PS2 here and there, too. These consoles aren't dead as long as there's content continuously coming out for them (homebrew counts, of course) and when there's still an 'audience' for these consoles. That's not to say that they're still as profitable as the new consoles, of course, but they aren't dead.