With the rise of digital, mobile, cloud gaming and smart TVs, there's been plenty of talk about the "death of consoles" of late, but if you ask International Data Corporation (IDC), it's all hogwash. The research firm today on the video game console market, Worldwide Video Game and Entertainment Console Hardware and Packaged Software 2012-2016 Forecast, which essentially states that consoles have plenty of life in them.
It wasn’t all that long ago that we were mesmerized by Mario, Super Mario and Mario Deluxe. Now we have PlayStation, PlayStation 2 and the PlayStation 3 Video Game Console. Sony changed the meaning of games by introducing a video game console so magnificent that it is hard to miss. It is on the wish list of all who don’t possess it and a dream come true for those who do. The reason is obvious – sophisticated controls, exciting games, thrilling features and fascinating game play. Entertainment has never been so much fun.
First and foremost, a video game console has to have the ability to play exciting games. We judged these consoles for their games, media apps and technological capabilities. We favor consoles with powerful tech that will handle high-end games for the next five to seven years. On top of that, we want great gaming experiences, but because many games are available on multiple consoles, we judged the systems on their exclusive content. Finally, we looked at each console's non-gaming functions such as entertainment apps and social capabilities. Below are the criteria we used to evaluate video game consoles: