Consoles and mobile devices will be “pretty much the same device” in a few years, says Nexon boss

Wednesday, 30th October 2013 00:46 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Nexon chief financial officer Owen Mahoney says the international publisher isn’t interested in consoles, because in a few years they’ll be largely irrelevant.

Speaking at GamesBeat 2013, as reported by GamesIndustry, the executive said that although next-gen hardware may revitalise the console market it’ll only be a temporary boost.

“My sense is that consoles will do a lot in the first one or two years, but we’re not thinking much about consoles,” he said.

Mahoney said that the difference in power between consoles and mobiles is much more narrow than it was a few years ago.

“Today the difference between those two is largely defined by the difference between a MacBook Air and an iPad. They’re very close, very similar devices. When you project out merely two years, they’re pretty much the same device,” he said.

“If a console is sitting on your hip, you don’t really need a device that’s attached to your TV set 100 percent of the time. When I look at my kids play, most of the time they’re playing off a laptop or a tablet in front of a dead 60-inch screen with a couple consoles attached. They’re just not interested.”



  1. Obernox


    #1 1 year ago
  2. Erthazus

    with such underpowered hardware in next gen consoles this is not a distant future.

    Nvidia has it’s TEGRA roadmap already:
    Somewhere in 2015, mobile devices will have similar power to consoles. They are using Maxwell tech for Next-Next gen Tegra

    and Maxwell is the future for 800 series of Geforce next year for PC videocards/Steam Machines.

    Right now we are at Tegra 4 which will have impressive visuals for mobile devices such as Android and etc.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. sebastien rivas

    I think the guy is getting a tad ahead of his head.
    We can already see inserting, conjunction of multiple devices with Sony of their PS vita. The will probably be some consoles/phones but as if phones replace consoles (cough.. cough) sorry it was hard to swallow.

    Unless perhaps as Erthazus stated consoles will remain underpowered for a long, long, long run but I do not think the gaming community will be able to chew that. There are already dissatisfaction with ps4 and MS next gen might well be the beginning of a death trap for manufacturers if they persist that road

    #3 1 year ago
  4. LebanesePride

    Maplestory on psvita or ps3 or gtfo.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Cobra951

    Here we go again . . .

    See #1.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. pcbros

    Consoles stay the same for ten years, everything around them is being upgraded continuously. It’s only a matter of time.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. yeoung

    Hey, if I can hook it up to a big ass tv and play awesome games I really don’t care what kind of device it is. That said, just because the power-gap is getting smaller, doesn’t mean the markets are becoming any less segregated.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Diingo

    Playing games on tablets & smartphones is very limiting. However, what I do see is a future where our phones will auto sync our content onto any screen we encounter that’s modernized. I imagine the computers in our pockets to become the new consoles that go with us everywhere. So maybe he is right about consoles & mobile coming together as one.

    #8 1 year ago

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