The industry is quickly headed toward another critical-mass crash like 1983 or 2001. Nintendo is already feeling the pinch from the folly of this line of thinking (with the Wii U being discontinued and the New 3DS not moving nearly as many units as forecasted), and the other two juggernauts are going to be feeling it soon from an over-saturation in the marketplace. Alienware and Steam are already building upgradeable “consoles” designed to upend the paradigm back toward PC gaming, blurring the lines even further. Let’s not forget to mention the software side, where independent developers are finding it easier than ever to reach their audiences through digital distribution and other low barriers to entry. Keep an eye in this sector, it’s all happened before….
Microsoft and Sony might try to squeeze more money out of core gamers by releasing PlayStation 4.5, or Xbox One and a Half.