EA Cofounder: Consoles Are Dying

Hardly a month passes without hearing some bigwig analyst or developer cries that PC is dying, but Trip Hawkins the cofounder of Electronic Arts believes that consoles are the real dying breed.

"The console market is always going to be with us, because there's always going to be a hardcore segment, a segment that likes innovation," he acknowledged. "But it's going to become a smaller market, and it's going to be more like a hobby market. You look at airplanes. Most of us just want to be a passenger, but there's a hobby market for people who are really into aviation and want to take flying lessons and maybe someday have their own airplane. I think that's what's happening to the console market."

Hawkins believes that the advantages inherent to internet-based gaming ensure that its popularity will increase dramatically in the near future. "In the old days I'd go down to the basement to play Grand Theft Auto," he said. "But the Facebook gamer is able to play at work, at home, in a hotel on a PC. They can get access to a browser just about anywhere. People are thinking about convenience first."

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