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11 million next gen consoles in homes before next year

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mr.burnsThere’s a lot of doom and gloom in the industry at the moment with sales figures plummeting and fantastic titles like Hitman, Tomb Raider and Gears of War just not hitting the numbers required to make gaming a viable industry.

And yet when we look over to our mobile friends they are making simplistic titles like Angry Birds and Clash of the Titans and they are rolling in the money. So is the future of gaming going to be bite sized freemium titles with micro transactions at every turn?

Possibly… but EEDAR analysts are warning developers not to count on that pot of gold otherwise they may find themselves chasing the latest fad and missing out on the lucrative opportunities that are just around the corner.

The PlayStation 4 and Next Xbox are widely expected to be released later this year and according to the analysts they are expecting 11 million of these units to be sold to customers before the end of the year, with that number rising to 50 million in the next 3 years.

What’s more important for developers however is that’s 11 million people who are willing to put down real money for a game, granted you may get more players on your free game but you will struggle to reap the same rewards with only a niche few titles actually making real profits.

To put it in perspective, 11 million is enough for every man, women and child in Gauteng to have a console… nearly.

Last Updated: April 18, 2013

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