Tech Time Warp: The glory days of video game consoles

Posted by Lauren Beliveau on Nov 18, 2016 11:29:00 AM

StockSnap_OZ4IBMDS8E.jpgDid you know that the gaming industry made 23.5 billion dollars in 2015 alone? In fact 155 million Americans play video games on a regular basis. While video game consoles remain popular, mobile games are projected to increase 20 percent in 2015, bringing in 35 billion dollars. While mobile gaming has become more profitable, 2017 might be the year consoles make a comeback.

As gaming gets more sophisticated, we’re starting to see new products, mixed in with a few flashbacks to favorites. One flashback we’re particularly excited about is the new Nintendo NES Classic Edition (with 30 pre-installed favorites). This week our Tech Time Warp looks at video game consoles that are celebrating their anniversaries and new consoles that will be rolling out.

Microsoft

On Tuesday, the Xbox turned 15. The gaming system was originally designed to compete against Sony’s PlayStation, and between the 222 million players there have been more than 100 billion hours of Xbox gaming in the past 15 years.

Recently, Microsoft announced Xbox One Scorpio, which is expected to be released in 2017. Microsoft states that it will be “the most powerful console you’ve ever seen.” The new console is said to have 4K, which is 4,096 pixels by 2,160 pixels. This is about 2.25 times more pixels than HD resolution. Creating an entirely unique gaming experience in itself.

Nintendo

On Saturday, Nov. 19, the Wii will turn 10.  The motion-sensitive remotes made users feel like they were part of the game, and since it was released in 2006, it’s sold more than a hundred million units.

In addition to the Nintendo NES, a throwback to the original 1985 console, Nintendo will also be introducing the Nintendo Switch, which will be available in March 2017. This isn’t just a console for when you want to game at home. It’s also portable so you can bring your games on the go. It’s a console that seems to be competing more directly with mobile games.

While the data may show that gaming is moving toward mobile devices, new consoles like the Nintendo Switch show potential to gain back lost market share that mobile games may have stolen. As we celebrate Xbox and the Wii’s birthdays this week, it’s interesting to see where Microsoft and Nintendo are headed next.

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