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Console business here to stay, says Sony CEO
January 9, 2013 10:50AM PST
Eddie Makuch
By Eddie Makuch, News Editor

Kaz Hirai says market for home-based systems and dedicated portable gaming devices not going away anytime soon.

The home console and game-specific portable markets are here to stay. That's according to Sony CEO Kaz Hirai, who told The Verge in a new interview from the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show that Sony is keen to continue investing in both markets, despite what the naysayers may be predicting.

 

"I think that based on the consumer feedback that we've been getting, there is certainly a very large segment of the video game market that is interested in playing immersive games on a game-specific device, as opposed to playing casual games on smartphones," Hirai said of the PlayStation Vita. "There is certainly a market for that as well, but again, there's that market where the physical buttons and the controls are very important for that intuitive and intricate gameplay control."

Of the home console business, Hirai was similarly enthusiastic. "Between that and also the home-based consoles as well, those aren't going to go away anytime soon," he said.

The PS Vita has sold more than 2.2 million units since launch 11 months ago, while the PlayStation 3 has shifted over 70 million systems since 2006. Looking ahead, the rumor mill has been busy with speculation about the PlayStation 4, with analysts expecting it to arrive--alongside the next Xbox--during the second half of this year.






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I don't see anyone with a brain that doubted this Sony but ok.

logic56 said:
I don't see anyone with a brain that doubted this Sony but ok.

You'd be surprised how many thing otherwise.



logic56 said:
I don't see anyone with a brain that doubted this Sony but ok.


He seems to be talking about portable consoles, not home consoles.






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The person predicting the end of consoles in the article is David Jaffe. The same dude who oversaw 2012's Twisted Metal, a buggy, broken, rushed to release product that launched $30 too expensive and then got virtually no post-release support. It just boggles my mind how that asshat can release a game like that, and then only a few months later do some interview where he predicts the end of home console gaming. Well you know what might help home consoles stay around? Idiots like him not making any more home console games.

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JayWood2010 said:
logic56 said:
I don't see anyone with a brain that doubted this Sony but ok.


He seems to be talking about portable consoles, not home consoles.


Is it just the Vita itself or are they talking about the Mobile game division or w/e its called.



If by "portables" he means "smartphones and tablets", then I agree.

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BasilZero said:
JayWood2010 said:
logic56 said:
I don't see anyone with a brain that doubted this Sony but ok.


He seems to be talking about portable consoles, not home consoles.


Is it just the Vita itself or are they talking about the Mobile game division or w/e its called.


Neither.

He is talking generally.  He is saying there is a place for dedicated handheld gaming devices in the market.

I agree. But they will become increasingly niche and will be dominated by Nintendo. 



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o well looks like i'll be buying more home consoles for at least 3 more gen.'s