Originally Posted by bd2003
You've got to wonder what happen if Apple releases a game controller and apps for their upcoming apple TV refresh, which is right around the corner. I bring this up again because the release of the ATV 3 (and ipad 3) is imminent. That can easily undercut everything MS is doing on the media front, and put a real dent in their games business. Their upcoming processor can give the current gen consoles a good run for their money. (and destroy the wii outright). It'd certainly be the most open TV gaming platform for devs.
It's certainly something I'm looking forward to...the big three need a fire lit under their ass.
Yup, we're talking about how there's been a dramatic shift to retro/indy/simple gaming over in the PS4 thread. So far none of the console makers have found a way to really strike at the market, one that's only getting bigger. Then you look at the semi-open app stores of Apple and Android. Makes you wonder why MS/Sony doesn't have similar platforms for their consoles and the console marketplaces where people can be both creative and bring in a profit by making new ideas.
A mix of user created and traditional content delivery is really the future. Being a content delivery platform, and not a just a AAA gaming console.
There's a lot of money to be had from profit sharing and offering user created content. Doesn't mean a consoles has to be completely open source, but they should find a way to offer cheap development suites to anyone that wants and have areas for user creations where they take a %. I read somewhere just to patch a Indy game costs $40k on XBL. Android and Apple, people just upload their newest version of the software.
Sony is very, very stupid, especially since they just launched the vita.
Imagine the synergy between a user content marketplace to rival tablets and the PS3/Vita? I do, but shortsighted Sony didn't. Instead they're striving for a micro demographic of hard gamers in an already relatively small handheld market with an outrageously priced device. It worked in the past, but it's not going to work anymore.
Honestly, the next systems are not going to be about the best GFX, the newest controller, and the craziest new IP. They're going to be trying to broaden the market, much like Nintendo did. But in a way that is feasible for the length of the product (Wii was a fad). Synergy between their other devices and trying to somehow work their way into the tablet market is also going to be key.
Imagine downloading a game from XBL marketplace, syncing it with your XBL marketplace on a tablet, and having all the data interchangeable. Saves, scores, ect. Same with movies, music, ect. Being able to access other data, ect. You could even have games where the AAA portion is on the console, but you "play" related minigames and tasks on tablets that work towards goals in the main game via a mobile device.
Lots of places to go with synergy, web 2.0, and the emerging markets of casual gamers. And that's really where the money is.