Is The Console Dying? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Mark O'Neill 24-01-2013

Is The Console Dying? [INFOGRAPHIC] controller 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 4 Great Tetris-Like Games For Your Smartphone [Android] Tetris was the first video game I remember playing. It came with the Nintendo my grandfather purchased for me. Games like Tetris remain popular because they’re easy to understand, fun to play, and don’t rely... Read More ? Or Diamond Mine? Or a nice soccer game 9 Android Soccer Games for the Armchair Football Manager There are so many great Android games for soccer/football fans. Whether you're looking for a deep management sim or a casual puzzler, here are the best games for any soccer enthusiast. Read More ? 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.

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  1. Ken E Baker
    January 27, 2013 at 7:01 am

    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 :)

  2. Anonymous
    January 25, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    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.

  3. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    January 25, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    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.

  4. Kirby
    January 25, 2013 at 5:15 am

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

  5. Karsten Hormann
    January 25, 2013 at 1:46 am

    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.

  6. Andy Christian Loyola
    January 24, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    Let's just see how things will turn out in the end. I'm a versatile gamer and I still prefer to use my PS3. Of course you can't bring it with you when you're out at the backyard :)

  7. Raj Bhagwandas
    January 24, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    Nope. I'm still stubbornly holding onto my PS3 and refusing to give it up.
    No tablet. Phone. Or ANY other device can give ANYONE the experience that a PS3 can give. Nothing beats it.

  8. test
    January 24, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    are you filtering comments...if so...not cool

    • Mark O'Neill
      January 25, 2013 at 9:58 am

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  9. Dana Sciandra
    January 24, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Evidently this site deletes any comments that are critical of the author. Thin skin, I guess.

    This will be my last visit to this site. Deleting comments that disagree with you = zero credibility in my book.

    • Mark O'Neill
      January 25, 2013 at 10:00 am

      No, we do not filter comments. Sometimes, legitimate comments get accidently caught up in the spam folder, but we go through the spam folder on a frequent basis, and if we see a legitimate comment in there, we unspam it.

      Nothing EVER gets censored on MakeUseOf. I don't care if people criticise me for what I say. I have been writing for over 25 years. I have a thick skin.

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      January 25, 2013 at 9:20 pm


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  10. Dana Sciandra
    January 24, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    With all due respect, I got as far as the first 2 paragraphs before it was abundantly clear that you are not a gamer and I have no conceivable idea why you are writing about the console market, when clearly you are not qualified to do so.

    No true gamer would ever compare a $5 mobile game to that of the experience, graphics and storytelling that you get with a $60 console game. The obvious hardware and software limitations that are inherent with mobile, notwithstanding.

    Nor would a true gamer - which I assume you want us to believe you are, by your use of "we" throughout the introduction - think Angry Birds and a console game like Halo 4 should ever be compared in the same sentence.

    At best, you are a casual gamer and should preface this article with that obvious fact.

  11. salvador hernandez
    January 24, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    I have a few games on my tablet and smartphone but still prefer my xbox or PC and rarely ever play on my mobiles

    • Bossay Bizz
      January 24, 2013 at 8:29 pm


    • Ken E Baker
      January 27, 2013 at 6:52 am

      Same here. I cannot work with a touch screen and no controller. Miss the tactile sensation and the accuracy of an analogue stick.

  12. Revolution64
    January 24, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    we are on the brink of a new console generation, game en console sales are always declining in the last years of a generation. But still, there is a shift in the industry.

  13. Scott Macmillan
    January 24, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    I think consoles will be around for a while yet.I'm still surprised at the number of people over 50 who love gaming but don't own a computer.Being able to connect to Netflix is a real bonus for them as well.