Who Will Buy a Next Generation Game Console?
The freemium online games phenomenon has truly been a welcome distraction for some, but not the manufacturers of traditional game consoles and associated software titles. Hardcore gamers still prefer the superior game console experience, however other people may never graduate to that level of engagement.
Overall game console shipments declined by over 30 percent year-over-year through the first half of 2012.
Hope for recovery of the market in late 2012 and early 2013 now rests largely on the next generation Nintendo Wii U — with its tablet-like GamePad capabilities.