Speaking at D.I.C.E last night, Sweeney pointed out the choice that consumers now have in terms of platforms and predicted that there would be “winners and losers,” not everyone can live harmoniously anymore.
“This is too many platforms, we’re seeing now iPad sales have surpassed the sales of PCs. This is a real revelation, this is a product that wasn’t invented until a few years ago and it’s basically supplanting personal computers,” he said. “Over time these platforms will be whittled down to a competing set of platforms to maybe three winners worldwide across everything – computers, game platforms, smartphones… We should expect a lot of consolidation here and winners and losers according to who picks the right directions and executes successfully.”
EGM’s TAKE: Would major platforms ever consider joining forces to ensure survival in this crowded marketplace? Can you imagine any of the big platform holders offering the smaller ones a lifeline? Would they even accept it? We’re at a crossroads in the industry, take the wrong path at this point and that company may be doomed to failure.
Do you feel we have too many platforms? Which will survive? Leave your thoughts below.