Best Argument: Yes
Audience Favored: No (76%)
Consoles can't jump over obstacles
Game consoles will stay, let's play
I see that I'm not alone in thinking that game consoles are going to stick around for some time to come.
While there was a time when it seemed like the HTPC – Home Theater PC – was going to be the piece of tech that dominated the living room, its reign was cut short by the more versatile, easier-to-use game console. And now that all the major players in the games console market have transformed the box into a hub for all things media, these devices appeal to more than just the gamers in the house. The game console now combines the gaming power of a PC, the flexibility of a set-top box, and the convenience of a media extender into a single unit.
Add to that, a connection to the web and the hardware overhead will last for many years worth of improvements through system updates, and still give you a winning device.
Long live the game console.
David gets the win
I came in predisposed to think that cloud gaming will trump consoles by time the next product cycle rolls around. The crowd and Adrian Kingsley-Hughes argued that consoles will stay relevant, but David Gewirtz had a better argument by a slim margin. If CES talks taught us anything this week it's that cloud gaming has some tech hurdles, but they can be overcome. David gets the win.