EA Founder Says Consoles Will Be Niche
According to EA founder Trip Hawkins, as the gaming market continues to expand to more accessible and portable platforms, consoles will become a hobbyist niche.
In an interview with IGN, Hawkins said:
“The console market is always going to be with us, because there’s always going to be a hardcore segment, a segment that likes innovation. But it’s going to become a smaller market, and it’s going to be more like a hobby market. You look at airplanes. Most of us just want to be a passenger, but there’s a hobby market for people who are really into aviation and want to take flying lessons and maybe someday have their own airplane. I think that’s what’s happening to the console market.”
A labored analogy, but one that does speak to the trend of the rise of casual gaming. Hawkins went on to say:
“In the old days I’d go down to the basement to play Grand Theft Auto. But the Facebook gamer is able to play at work, at home, in a hotel on a PC. They can get access to a browser just about anywhere. People are thinking about convenience first.”
While the argument is against consoles, I believe it extends to “hardcore” PC gaming as well, as any AAA-game won’t run “just about anywhere.” What’s funny is that the convenience argument was leveled against PC gaming in the past and used to support console gaming — yet PC gaming is still alive and kicking.
via GI International