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Analyst firm Superdata believes we’re due for a console market crash

Thursday, 3rd October 2013 22:07 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Analyst firm Superdata believes a console market crash is headed our way, as the market is saturated and consumers are reluctant to purchase next-gen systems.

According to the firm’s latest prepared report, the console market is crowded and 79% percent of gamers already own an average of 2.6 consoles each.

“Industry veterans will remember the crash of 1983, when the games market was saturated with hardware devices,” the report states. “Today, the industry runs a similar risk, as [with] a higher-than-ever console installed base, consumers may be resistant to adding more hardware to their living rooms.”

While it was noted that there are more partaking in video games than before, habits are changing with more and more leaning towards more “versatile, multi-purpose platforms like PC and mobile,” noted GI International.

In 2008 42% gamers played primarily on a consoles compared to 37% who preferred PC and the 5% who played on mobile.

Since then, 51% primarily play on PC, and just 30% consoles and mobile is now the primarily platform for 13% of players.

Superdata’s figures derived from those compiled by e-commerce outsourcing company Digital River which surveyed 1,105 respondents back in March.

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7 Comments

  1. sg1974

    Just as Sony and MS announce their biggest ever console preorder data…..

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Stephany Nunneley

    @1 – ;)

    #2 1 year ago
  3. dkpunk

    +1 No No Kuni reference.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Judicas

    What a bunch of muppets

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Luciferous

    I suppose if you look at numbers and nothing else you might arrive at this conclusion, but numbers only tell a fraction of the story – Many of us have owned a current gen console for a loooonnnnng time, we’ve gotten the value out of them we can from stationary technology and whilst most of us also own more than one console we also live in a culture that wants to move up the technological tree to get to the fresher, new fruits.

    The reason the new consoles are wracking up record pre-orders is because we are starved for new tech, for fresh gaming fruits to sink out teeth in to… I really want a crisp, cold apple right this instant!

    #5 1 year ago
  6. Deadpoolfan

    @5
    Exactly. How do they not look at the trend of buying a new phone after 2 months at $400 and not understand that about our current society?

    #6 1 year ago
  7. ps4fanboy

    thats one lame analysis.

    #7 1 year ago

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