‘Consoles are dead’ idea amuses Xbox creator24 Jul 2012
Seamus Blackley, the man who put forward the idea of Microsoft entering the games console market, has expressed his amusement with the idea that the console market is going the way of the Dodo.
Rather than wipe out the traditional console sector, Blackley believes that new games markets (such as mobile) will complement home consoles.
“Any business model will work as long as you have the content,” said Blackley. “It is the medium that pulls people through the business models and not the other way around.
“You can now make mobile games that are really compelling. It no longer requires a high cost device. But there’s nothing like playing Uncharted on a console in front of your TV.
“It is not fair to compare console to mobile, there are different audiences. And when it is the same audience, you will find a lot of them play with their mobile device during the day and a console when they get home.
“I’m amused by journalists who have that play pattern then write that the console business is dead. I started off in PC and people predicted the death of that because of the console. It didn’t happen. It was the same with the arrival of TV, which terrified the movie people. But that hasn’t killed off movies, they complemented each other.”