When we think of the 21st century and it’s relation with technology, we tend to think that companies are making upgrades on their products annually or every other year, but it has been six years since a major video game console has been released. Smartphones, iPads, tablets, and computers that improve every time we turn our heads have shaken our world, but the video game world has been at a stand still without people realizing that much hasn’t happened in that industry. Nintendo Company is releasing the Wii U this holiday season to appeal to an audience ranging from ages “5-95”, but with a different market for technology in 2012 than in 2006 it will be increasingly harder for them to have a greater market share of revenue. This device will be handheld, but can also be used on a TV monitor so it’ll be interesting to see how this shapes the future of video games.
With handheld devices we can play games anywhere we go, so does it make sense to still invest in video game console systems that restrict our accessibility? Video games systems are similar to desktop computers, as they have become less popular because of competition with mobile devices. Do you think someday people will be playing XBOX and Play Station on the fly? There are many intriguing answers to be discovered in the near future, and we’ll see how the market responds to a new type of video game console release this holiday season.