This. Kids aren't kids forever, and if you can leverage their existing brand loyalty to your brand to sell then a HD-capable console. I'm sure that would be more appealing to Nintendo than allowing their customers to "graduate" to Sony or Microsoft consoles.Actually, the kids are getting older and are becoming a bit more discerning.
Maybe but Maybe not.but from a corporate perspective a new console would be murder for both Sony and Microsoft now.
But there are new children being born all the time and when they are in JK they are ready for a console. A year ago the Wii would have been the obvious choice but that all changed with the Kinect that is ideal for young kids. If they don't respond then Wii will lose market share.I find it interesting that so many people pick Nintendo. Since the bulk of Wii users are children, my thought would be that they will be the last to "require" a new box.
Firmware updates over the internet have certainly changed the console market as you essentially get a new machine with every update.In the past, the Xbox 3.0 (aka Xbox Slim) and PS4 (aka PS3 Slim) would have required updated firmware to support streaming, 3D, motion controllers, etc. They would have repackaged and rebranded and resold to us on the features of these "new generation" consoles, instead of just slipstreaming them into the supply chain as has been done.
Perhaps. Had they come out with a DVD version though, it would likely have shipped a year earlier at half the price which for the first two years may have dramatically changed how things evolved.Crossing the video game line is what saved Sony Playstation 3 from near death actually, just like it did when PS2 became price compelling as a DVD player.
I really disagree. When I went to the first Wii Event in Toronto, price was never discussed. People bought this machine because of its features, not its price.Nintendo has been a surprising survivor. It's proof that price can trump features, and the hook of the motion controller let them attract a wider buying audience than just hard core gamers.
You have to remember that the PS1 came out of a drive project for Nintendo, either as an add-on for the SNES, or as their next-gen console, and that then left a bitter rift between the two. I don't know if it has healed though, and if it hasn't, there is likely not a real chance Nintendo can get Blu-Ray technology.To escape that, Nintendo's console does need a refresh and more titles for grown-ups. Of course, any enhancement to the resolution will require more data space though and that means denser optical disc format and/or hard drive. So I picture an enhanced resolution Wii perhaps with a blu-ray drive. How a deal with Sony would work should be an interesting plot development. Maybe a stragetic partnership where Wii gets the drives and they join forces on a distribution network and gaming innovations? Nintendo needs a Sony's drive, and Sony would like Nintendo's install base. That may be enough to trigger a marriage. But on the other hand, Microsoft has the cash and is trigger happy. I could see them doing a deal with Nintendo for no other reason than to block any idea of a Sony-Nintendo deal.
It's called "value engineering", and the primary aim is to reduce cost of poor quality (in Microsofts case) or reduce product cost (in Sonys case). There was no significant platform change to speak of.But if you do believe it, then how do you ignore that both Microsoft and Sony did release totally re-engineered products within the last year? The slim versions could easily have been positioned as Xbox 3.0 and PS4 with backwards compatibility. And in the past, there would have been no choice but to do that.