Originally Posted by PhotonFanatic
There is always some idiot from some company, or some other trash floating around out there, about which one is dead. PCs, or consoles. Take your pick. They are related, but that's it. Neither one will ever die, until the hardware gets so dang advanced, that either can do both with perfection. I don't see that day coming for a lonnng, lonnng time. 20 or 30 years. And as you can see these days, neither one is going to die. They're going to merge, if anything. Consoles are becoming more like PCs, not the other way around.
I'm personally confident that even the mobile market is overrated. There seems to be an illusion these days that everyone will throw their PCs (or even laptops!) out the window and get tablets and phones. That's ridiculous. That's ridiculous because it implies people will always find it absurd to keep a computer stationary, which is an absurd thought. There will be always people that will need to have an office computer, or a living room computer, a gaming computer, anything of that sort. And there's of course the massive need of datacenters and general professional use that is by definition stationary. The thing is, it's inefficient
to not use active cooling and a stationary system when you don't need it. Why would you unnecessary have a mobile device will less power and features over size when it's completely unneeded to be mobile?
Also, and more importantly since I never hear it, most tablets and phones are reaching a point that makes them non replaceable
. And I don't mean irreplaceable, but that unless they die, they have little to offer with an upgrade. For example, my phone is a cheap-ass 1-core Android 4. It can drive me with GPS anywhere and does all the basic things I want it to. It can even do "PC stuff" in some limited manner. I don't even need some of the stuff it does. So.. I may just keep it until it dies. i.e. if people reach a point that most of what they have will just be kept until it dies, the market slows down. i.e. I want to see if those tablets being sold now will simply tank in sales because people getting them will simply not have a better use for them than what they already do.