We’re living in the longest console generation to date (the ‘current gen’ Xbox 360 was released in November 2005), and with the Wii U due for Christmas release, it looks as though we’re in for a refresh. This infographic by Ladbrokes details some of the risks console manufacturers go through in launching a new console.
It’s well known that many games consoles are loss-leading purchases at launch, meaning they are sold for less that they cost to develop and manufacture. This is done in the hopes that the shortfall will be recouped in license fees – but it’s been speculated that more aggressive (and risky) measures are being taken to recoup the cost. This infographic raises a few issues – will gamers want always on DRM when the PS4 is released (they know how much people hate that, right?), is 3D TV actually ready or just a gimmick? Is killing off the used games market a risky move or perfect business sense? How will motion gaming affect the development of the XBOX 720?
Let us know your thoughts below. Are you planning on getting either console when they arrive?