Originally Posted by mechtech
That's because this generation of consoles has been out for so long. This pattern can be seen with every console cycle.
If anything, casual cell phone games are bringing more people into gaming (like WoW did with MMOs).
Based on the reading I've done, more people may be coming into gaming, but it's also pulling the casual gamers away from consoles. It doesn't seem to have anything to do with how long the consoles have been out either. COD's sales is a good example of that; people will still buy games they want, just not nearly as many want to buy games on consoles. Unfortunately, COD is not enough to keep the whole segment afloat.
Console games used to be oriented around many people in one room playing on one screen together. Now all (or most) of the multiplayer games are only online and one player on a screen at a time; people aren't as worried about being able to play on a huge screen anymore. Tablets and phones are rapidly becoming more and more powerful every day, so paying $60 for a game is becoming less and less attractive, particularly to the casual gamers that hardly play their console. Surprisingly, this is still a large segment of the console market. The hardcore COD players aren't as common as their sales lead people to believe. Plus, most tablets have the ability to be played on a TV, and bluetooth allows controllers to be hooked up wirelessly. Hell, I play Zelda: Ocarina of Time on my ASUS Transformer attached to my TV using my PS3 controller.
I've purchased a console from every generation, and this will be the first generation where I don't see a reason to, and I think a lot of people will follow suit.
This isn't new information, if you Google it, people have been talking about it for months. It's an interesting time, and I think that Sony and Microsoft are aware of the changes. I believe this is part of the reason they aren't being as aggressive on the hardware front as they were with the previous generation. Time will tell, but I really don't foresee console gaming remaining relevant for much longer.Edited by SectorNine50 - 11/14/12 at 7:51pm