Console market enters transition zone
2011 sees the traditional games industry move into a complex transitional phase composed of overlapping lifecycles. From a worldwide hardware perspective, we see Nintendo maintaining market dominance despite experiencing erosion, Microsoft achieving stability with its seven-year-old console, and Sony treading water as sales growth in PS3 is countered by declines in older formats.
Nintendo's share of worldwide consumer spend for TV consoles has suffered in the past two years, with Microsoft gaining ground thanks to its leading leveraging of digital content and services. Sony also sees gains in this regard, but doesn't yet match Microsoft in terms of subscription strategy.
2012 expectations, plus performance of motion-based controllers Move (from Sony) and Kinect (from Microsoft), are also given consideration, as traditional gaming continues to come under pressure from non-specialist devices and platforms.
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