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GameStop: Consoles will continue to be industry’s “gold standard”

Wednesday, 28th September 2011 07:23 GMT By Nathan Grayson

iPhones are flying off shelves. Your grandparents frequently go on 27-hour Farmville binges. OnLive and Gaikai may actually be powered by magic. So, this triple threat has consoles six feet under, right? Not even close, says GameStop president Tony Bartel.

“We continue to believe that the console is a strong platform and will continue to be the gold standard,” he told IndustryGamers. “People will begin to digitally download first a lot more downloadable content.”

“Eventually, full games will become more relevant to some consumers who want to do that. Then we think that streaming will continue to grow. As you get additional bandwidth, we think that it’s going to become more prevalent over time, which is why we’ve invested in it.”

Assuming consoles begin to go with the flow instead of against it, I can see where he’s coming from. For now, though, we live in a world of needlessly involved certification processes, arbitrary Xbox Live friend limits, and made up “point” currencies, because – I don’t know – real dollars are scary or something. This is going to be an uphill battle.

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  1. GrimRita

    Maybe he should speak with GAME who reported massive losses again

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Christopher Jack

    Well they’re bringing out their own Android tablet. http://www.engadget.com/2011/09/12/gamestop-to-bring-android-based-gaming-tablet-to-market/
    Wouldn’t be surprised if they teamed up with OnLive to offer a subsidized tablet with a focus on cloud gaming, could also make specially designed mice, keyboards & controllers for it, controller being bundled obviously. I’d be more than happy to pay $200 for a gaming centric Android tablet if it had a Tegra 3 or better processor, Tegra 2 is getting old now, still good but there’s better alternatives.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. blackdreamhunk

    really I am going to stick this right here proof that consoles aare going the way of dodo bird

    http://www.gameranx.com/updates/id/2964/article/pc-gaming-vs-console-an-infographic/

    here is nice link from invidia

    http://techgage.com/article/nvidia_talks_pc_gaming_trends/

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Ireland Michael

    @3 The first link shows that PC games makes *slightly* more money (without any actual sources to show where he got the numbers, mind), and the second articles doesn’t say anything, and the second one shows a fairly even curve between the two.

    You have a very strange definition of “going extinct” BDH.

    #4 3 years ago