Consoles unlikely to be ousted in next two years – IDC

Thursday, 10th January 2013 00:16 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Disc-based consoles still have at least a few more years in them, according to a new report from International Data Corporation.

In a new forecast, as reported by GamesIndustry, IDC predicted that packaged game shipments will decline by about 3% per year through 2016 thanks to digital spending increases.

Despite this, the report said that although 2011 and 2012 were tough years for the industry, the new console cycle, beginning with the Wii U, is likely to reinvigorate it.

“Historical norms strongly imply that game disc revenue will stop bleeding in 2013 and rise substantively in 2014,” it concluded.

The IDC acknowledged that the traditional console business is “in a state of flux” as it now has to accomodate non-gaming services and features while managing the digital revolution.

“At the same time, it doesn’t appear that alternative platforms – set-top boxes from cable companies, Web-connected smart TVs, and so on – are positioned to materially disrupt the trajectory of the ‘big 3′ console OEMs in 2013 or 2014. Discs will remain the console game revenue mainstay for years to come,” the firm said.

Pat, on the other hand, thinks we may be living in the end of days.



  1. Cobra951

    Nah! Really? And here I thought they were dead and buried. I was sure all those tens of millions of users were just kidding themselves. What a surprise. I think I’ll have a heart attack and die from that surprise.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Phoenixblight


    Read the actual article. It doesn’t actually talk about consoles being dead but the disc format still going for a few more years.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. tenthousandgothsonacid

    Heh why the 360-bias ? Every other website is referencing that article about the fact the ps3 has now over taken the 360.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Clupula

    I love when Captain Obvious writes the headlines. Next week: Sun unlikely to explode within the next 4 hours!

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Dave Cook

    @5 Wait what? I better get into my underground bunker.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Clupula

    My work is done here.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Dave Cook

    @6 ;)

    #7 2 years ago

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