Is the Sony Playstation 4 DOA? And...will Apple take the console crown from Microsoft Xbox?
Here's my two cents. Sony has lost it's way in the gaming market and the Playstation Vita is a good indication of this. Does PS4 really even stand a chance? The hard sell from Sony for PS3 was Blu-Ray capability, but physical media is dead - so does Sony have an Ace card up it's sleeve this time around? Doubtful. Any next generation console with a physical media drive seems like a huge misstep. Nintendo seems just as clueless - still selling portable gaming devices with cartridges. Microsoft has laid a good foundation for the next generation of consoles, with a heavy focus on media content deals, along with gaming. However, I find it bizarre how Microsoft continues to segregate it’s console and PC gaming. Xbox should have been utilized as a cross-platform brand years ago. Face it, Microsoft should have OWNED Steam years ago had they played their cards right and marketed the Xbox brand for digital distribution of PC games and sold Xbox-branded PCs with certified hardware specifications. PC gaming could only bolster Microsoft’s position in the console market. Sure, they might cannibalize some console sales, but there isn’t a significant amount of overlap and many households would likely own both an Xbox PC and console. Aside from that, the real threat is the 800 pound gorilla in the room. Nobody talks about it — but what if Apple blindsides the market with a new “Apple TV” the size of a Mac Mini? (“iCube”? "iVision"?) Think about cable content deals and access to the App store for playing games and using apps on your TV, all integrated and networked with other iDevices in your home. With innovations like Airplay, and current utilization of iPhones and iPads as TV remotes and Game controllers, Apple has all the pieces in place to become the heavyweight in the next generation of console gaming. I think it’s a mistake to assume that Apple is ignoring the console gaming market and could easily conquer the living room the same way it did with MP3 players, Phones, and Tablets. Does nobody give this any consideration? Any thoughts?