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The traditional games business is worth around $25 billion a year, so the obvious answer to the question of whether or not consoles are dead, is a resounding ‘what the hell are you talking about?’


Not only, but consoles are freakin’ awesome. They are built to play games. Certainly, they are ugly brutes, hideous noisy boxes, but by all that is holy, they make life good. This is why talk of their ‘death’ is so upsetting.


Nevertheless, talk we must.


It’s true that consoles move through existence with every sign of vitality, but there are suggestions of an inner sickness, a sense of impending dilapidation. Sorrow awaits.


Things go from hale and hearty to stone cold and underground in a spectacularly short period of time, most especially in the tech and entertainment businesses.


Pundits are insisting that games consoles are headed for doom. IGN offers an opinion on the biggest question in gaming.


None of this is good. The things that we are supposed to believe will “replace” consoles aren’t as good at playing games, aren’t designed for this specific, sacred purpose, aren’t as emotionally interesting. The death of consoles, if such is their fate, would be a disaster for ‘gaming’ as we who game understand the term. There is no circle of life crap going on here. It’s all bad.


These notions, and the arguments that follow in this article, will be dominating strategic thinking at Sony and Microsoft, as leaders at these august firms decide how to approach their next generation consoles.