Next-Gen “Will Fail” If It’s Not Digital Only
David Darling, who co-founded CodeMasters and now head of mobile gaming company Kwalee, posted a blog entry where he stated his opinion on the future of game consoles saying “need to be digital only, or they will fail”.
“Consoles have become like dinosaurs heading for extinction as their natural retail habitat begins to change. These ancient beasts must now adapt to a new environment where platforms like Steam, Facebook and Apple’s App Store are pushing innovation. People are already playing more games through digital download than physical media. For instance, Angry Birds has had more than one billion downloads, a sales figure totally beyond what can be achieved by boxed games sold in the likes of Game and GameStop.”
“With digitally distributed games we can cut out physical production, warehouses, distributors and retailers. We can publish our own games, reducing our costs so that we can deliver fun experiences to players for far less cost than a console game. Therefore it is no longer necessary to charge people huge prices to play video games.“
This certainly is a extreme opinion, and remember that’s all it is, anyway what do you think?