Are Consoles Old News?


Anyone else around here subscribed to The Game Theory YouTube channel? There was an episode of Deadlocked that had been uploaded with one of the channel’s hosts MatPat versus the president of Nintendo of America Reggie Fils-Aime. The pair were debating whether or not Nintendo should stay in the console race or if Nintendo should focus more on becoming a third-party game manufacturer. Both had excellent points, and it reminded Rachel and me of our old debate regarding handheld and television consoles.

The Nintendo Switch is a cross between a home console and a handheld. It’s big enough to connect to your TV, but small enough to easily pack up and take with you to a friend’s house. Honestly, I’m not sure which way I would want to play it. I’ll have to play the actual console to be sure, but I think the concept is definitely interesting.

With that said, is the Switch enough to stay relevant in the console wars? The Wii U didn’t sell well at all when compared to Sony’s and Microsoft’s latest consoles. The debate between MatPat and Reggie brought up some good thoughts regarding consoles and physical games. With PC gaming and downloadable games available on all current consoles, it’s a wonder if consoles will eventually fade away.

Honestly, I feel like consoles will fade away, but not just for Nintendo. With virtual reality a thing as well, consoles could be a thing of the past as we get greedy with the new and latest technology that is presented to us.

I do adore our consoles, but the advances in technology aren’t boding well for them. That, and I’m totally looking forward to the day that we can try virtual reality for ourselves! Who knows, though? Perhaps the Switch and the latest consoles from Sony and Microsoft will keep the console era alive for just a little longer.

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I know the Switch is getting some mixed reviews, but I honestly think it will really change the way games are played. Having a two-in-one system was pretty clever of Nintendo, I have to admit. And I’m excited because now we can bring our games with us when we go on vacation.

Not that lugging the Gamecube or Wii ever stopped us, right? I am excited for the Switch, and I’m looking forward to when we get it, and I’m sure Nintendo has a few tricks up its sleeves to be sure the consoles stay relevant in the coming future.

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I also wonder if there will be some things about the Switch that Nintendo is keeping secret until we can actually get our hands on it. That would certainly be interesting. Either way, I think the consoles still have some life left in them.

What do you think? Will consoles be around for a long time? Let us know in the comments below!

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12 thoughts on “Are Consoles Old News?

  1. I have yet to watch the video with MatPat and Reggie-Fils-Aime but you both bring up some interesting points. The video game market does seem to be slowly moving towards virtual reality as the technology continues to become more publicly accessible and more fine-tuned. I think it would be a shame though if consoles disappeared altogether, I do think that combining the handheld system and console together is a great idea with the Switch and hopefully will keep consoles coming for a while yet.

    • I agree. I don’t want the consoles to ever disappear, but technology changes over time. It will be interesting to see what the future holds for video games.

  2. I hate mobile gaming as even if theyre free theyre often glitchy and spam with micro transactions. Consoles forever – especially portable ones like the gameboy, 3ds and… hopefully… the switch!

  3. I think consoles are here to stay, particularly in the North American market. Big budget games and great graphics are the preferred way to go for many people here, it seems. I’m a huge fan of handhelds or the “portable” gaming that Switch and even Wii U’s GamePad provides. Japan loves handhelds a lot more too. However, even with mobile gaming (which I’m not a huge fan of) and handheld gaming, consoles have their place and people do love playing nice-looking games on their HDTV. As long as Nintendo makes great games on their systems, I’m good with either console or handheld.

    • That’s a good point. Ultimately, it should be about what the targeted audience wants. I think they’ll be around for a long time, but it’s interesting to think about.
      Then again, they won’t listen to us about making Mario Party and Paper Mario like the old school games again. 😛

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