Next Gen: 'Multimedia More Important Than Games' - Analyst
Xbox 720 and PS4 will have to rely less on their exclusive games according to analyst Jesse Divnich.
Published on Nov 5, 2012
Next Gen consoles won’t be battling over exclusives or big triple-A titles but providing users with a multimedia hub where everything from games, movies, social networking and general communication.
According to Jesse Divnich from EEDAR, Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo will have to compete with “new electronic devices attacking us from every which angle. Next-generation won’t be a Microsoft vs. Sony battle, but an all-out war between all device manufacturers, which includes Google, Apple, Amazon, and many more.”
Big exclusives and triple-A games will be less of a driving factor behind take-up of the next generation consoles.
“Game content is becoming less of a differentiating factor, especially as the penetration of tablet and mobile devices not only increase, but the devices themselves become more powerful,” explained Divnich. “Service and Multimedia Integration will be the two most important factors in the next-generation consoles.”
Though it could be argued that even the current generation has been about the ‘living room hub experience’ Divnich emphasis the importance of “social games, social communication, movies, and television – it will be important that both Microsoft and Sony deliver a platform where all forms of interactive media can be experienced and enjoyed.”
“Success in the next-generation won’t be how many units one can sell—of course that will still be important—but rather how many hours one can keep a consumer in their ecosystem.”
Do you use your console as an ‘entertainment hub’ or are you primarily concerned with just playing games?