Consoles can't jump over obstacles
This debate asks the question of whether this is the final battle of the consoles, implying this is the last generation of consoles we'll ever see. I'll throw a bone to my opponent by coming out and saying that I expect there to be future console generations. But…
… the games business is changing, like everything else in computing. Mobile and cloud have reached into gaming and caused disruption as much as they have in music, entertainment, and our own enterprise IT world.
PC gaming will stick around as long as there are PCs, because there will always be a generation of Hot-ridders who want to get the most out of their gear. Big, triple-A console titles will also stick around like the big blockbuster movies we see each summer. That said, like the blockbuster movies, the big console triple-A titles are getting mind-blowingly expensive and each one is a bet-the-company gamble. That risk will help divide the gaming market into the few, very big-budget players and a wide range of players who will take advantage of the vastly larger market and vastly lower entry cost of mobile.
So, vote Green/Yes if you, like me, are convinced consoles ain't ever gonna be the same, that the console vendors put a higher priority on intellectual property security than gameplay, and that no one hardware maker will ever own the living room entirely.
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.