Will consoles die in 5 - 10 years?
I came across this article. May be of interesting discussion -
My personal opinion is I think Sandy Duncan is wrong. Even though web services are becoming more common, you still need a device to receive the web service in some form, be it portable or not. Consoles are becoming more and more like PCs offering other tools/facilities, all in one stylish unit under your TV set.
Former Vice President of Xbox Europe Sandy Duncan has cast his doubts on the long term future of the console market, claiming consoles as we know them will die out with a decade.
Speaking in an interview, he said: "There is a definite convergence of other devices, such as set top boxes. There's hardly any technology difference between some hard disc video recorders and an Xbox 360, for example.
"In fact in 5 to 10 years I don't think you'll have any box at all under your TV, most of this stuff will be virtualized as web services by your content provider".