Is The Console Dying? [INFOGRAPHIC]

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If I take a quick glance at my iPhone or iPad right now, I can see right away that a majority of the apps are games. That’s because as time goes on, more and more high quality games are being brought out for tablets and mobiles. We all know the Angry Birds phenomenon but how about Tetris? Or Diamond Mine? Or a nice soccer game? With addictive games like these, it’s no wonder that my Nintendo Wii console is sitting in the corner of the living room, dusty and unloved. And I suddenly have no desire to use it again or play a PC game. The tablet and mobile serves my gaming needs perfectly.

Today’s infographic asks the question, is the console dying? In the face of stiff competition from iTunes and Google Play, are people bothering to play console games anymore? When you can download a game to your tablet immediately for say $5, or pay $60 for a console game disk from a store, it’s no contest as far as I’m concerned! I get my game immediately for either free or a few dollars. Why would I want to give that up to go out to a store and hand over half a day’s salary for a console game?

What about you? Have you moved over completely to your tablet or mobile to play games? Or are you still stubbornly holding onto your console and refusing to give it up? Can tablet and mobile games even be compared to console games, in terms of quality and player satisfaction?  Can both co-exist with one another or is the console fighting a losing battle?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Infographic Source: Visual.ly
Photo Credit: DeclanTM via Compfight cc

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Comments (18)
  • Ken E Baker

    I think we also need to understand the effect the recession is having on gaming and purchases in general. Consumer spending is dramatically reduced, and this effects the volumes of console games sold. Tab and phone games are cheap, even free, and it is this affordability that can influence the rise to prominence of mobile gaming. It is much easier on the wallet to download freemium than it is to invest in a 60 dollar game. I do not think consoles have to worry; this current generation is on its way out and the next will be ushered in shortly and people will continue to invest in quality developments. When mobile can offer the 100 plus hours of Skyrim, then I’ll change my tune. Until then, looking forward to the Xbox 720 :)

  • Anonymous

    This is a good article, you should do one on the PS3 controller and Apple. Many people do not know that the standard bluetooth PS3 controllers works with the Mac (out of the box)! I’ve been playing GTA-SA all day on my Macbook Pro, and I love it! I wish they would make Madden or the 2k series for the MB though.

  • Lisa Santika Onggrid

    Let’s be fair. The only reason I love my consoles are because the games made for them are much more entertaining than all those casual games I find scattered in the app store or Google Play. I’ll take JRPG over Angry Birds any day.
    Yes, the price differs for a reason. It takes more effort to create a console game with deep gameplay and story, plus presentation (graphic and sound).
    However, Japanese has had console-style games in their phones for years. Android and iOS are beginning to catch up now, with developers offering remake of famous classic titles from the consoles.

  • Kirby

    Even though mobile gaming is on the rise, I still would prefer playing on a console.

  • Karsten Hormann

    Gameboy and other handhelds have been around for over 20 years and haven’t killed consoles. There are games people will enjoy on their handheld / smartphone, and games they will enjoy on their console / computer. There’s room enough for both. Consoles will learn a few new tricks along the way, as they always have.

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