I can understand where people were coming from. There was a time when all the world seemed to want to talk about outside of the gaming community was iPads and iPhones and IOS games. And usually, when a disruptive form of entertainment comes into the picture, it replaces the old way of doing things. So it makes sense that people were worried at the time.
But yeah, it (the prediction that consoles were dying or dead) couldn't have been more wrong. And that's a good thing, because I really love console gaming!