Next Generation Consoles May Suffer Like Wii U, Says Activision CEO

David Cornell - Author

Aug. 23 2017, Updated 2:06 a.m. ET

Next generation consoles may end up like the Wii U, says Activision CEO Bobby Kotick.

We have mentioned it before that the next generation consoles just don’t have what it takes to compete with what we already have, and Activision CEO Bobby Kotick agrees on the most part. He says the Xbox 720 and the PlayStation 4 are doomed to be ignored just like Nintendo’s failing Wii U.

In the past, there was always a boom of “day one” consumers who had to own the new console when it was launched, and then discovered the selection of games was pretty weak. It usually takes a year or two to build up a library of titles that will attract gamers who usually hold on to their old systems.

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This time around, Nintendo has discovered that system specs mean nothing in the long run. You have to have games we want to play or you just won’t sell the console as well as you want to.

You have to keep in mind that Activision is also dealing with a significant drop in World of Warcraft subscribers, and it may be reflecting on their opinion.

With the letdowns we have seen from the next generation consoles before they are even released, it looks like Sony and Microsoft are going to have a hard time convincing gamers to upgrade this time around. The economy has been hard as well, forcing us to forfeit the more expensive options and learn to be happy with what we have.

Activision CEO Bobby Kotick has said, “There are still many unknown factors, such as pricing, launch dates and quantities, the level of first-party support and, importantly, consumer purchase intent in a world where consoles are no longer just competing with each other, but also with new platforms, such as smartphones and tablets.”

This would explain why Nintendo’s 3DS seems to be the more profitable console they have on the market, as gamers are starting to go mobile. Mobile games are less expensive on the most part and you can take them with you, leading to an evolving state of gamers.

If the signs are saying what Activision’s CEO claims, the next generation could suffer.

What do you think about the next generation consoles? Will you buy an Xbox 720 or a PlayStation 4, or just sit out the console wars entirely this time?


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