Nintendo is now raising the stakes. In a world where gaming used to release consoles every two years or so, now with the new Nintendo, this will be a 6 year release cycle. To keep the money rolling in these companies relied on add-ons and console revisions / small upgrades. What is so different about today? It seems that desktop PC’s and gaming consoles have reached well into their expected performance potential. “We have enough machine.”
For both gaming and desktop computing, this very much changes the game for manufactures of these sorts of systems. In-fact, this coud explain how Microsoft’s XBox took over the Sony PlayStation market. With a Microsoft goal to simply, “break-even”, it allows the company to take major stake in a marketplace, eliminate the competition, and then profit. It’s a very simple concept.
All the major gaming console platforms: XBox, PlayStation, and Wii have realized that in this market, you cannot continue to force your users to upgrade with $300 – $500 every two years with a new system. Therefore, they focused on games and add-ons. And with things such as the Kinect and hand movement, they have succeeded.
I have a feeling that consoles and desktop PC’s will be replaced once every 10 years, while laptops are replaced once every 5 years, and mobile phones are replaced every 3 years. Reason being is due to the fact of mobile computing. How important are your stationary machines? While your mobile machines get more use and wear and tear. The new fad’s with Desktops and Gaming Systems apparently seems to be the relationship to video media, like Netflix, Hulu, Comcast On-Demand, YouTube, Pandora, MOG, and others.
If anything, I believe that along with add-ons and improvements, gaming systems and PC’s should promote the purchases of multiple devices around the house to connect with all of your visual displays (LCD, LED, Plasma, DLP, etc…). Windows 8 is aiming to crash ease of use via metro interaction. Wii is going dual control via remote display. Apple is going on their forth Apple TV, I mean, how many times does it take? While Intel continues to slow down factories and HP continues to report terrible earnings…
No more 1 PC per home, now let’s get to a state to have 1 PC per room. Remember that Mac’s are Personal Computers too. Now, how do you get this task accomplished?