Sony: 90% Of Game Sales Online In 10 Years
You may not have noticed, but this new generation has seen the emergence of game media being offered online, in the form of both playable demos and full downloadable titles (Warhawk, for example). Well, some have been wondering if we can expect to see more online game sales in the future, and as far as one Sony exec is concerned, the answer is a definite "yes."
According to That Video Game Blog, SCE UK's Ray Maguire speculated that within the next 10 years, "90% of game sales will be online." He said as much during his speech at the ELSPA press conference, and it's bound to spark some major debate.
“We have a situation that if you’re a retailer you’re currently responsible for the goods that come through your chain,” said Maguire. “But that’s not true with ISPs in the future. This isn’t merely a games industry issue. It’s an issue for every industry with companies that have a website, and when we look at user generated content it’s a people issue.”
Microsoft has long since believed that this would happen in the industry, and they even take it a step further. Sandy Duncan actually said that “dedicated games devices i.e. consoles (and handhelds) will die [out] in the next 5 to 10 years,” which seems completely incomprehensible to us right now. However, one never knows what the future may bring, and we often forget just how far the industry has come in 30 years. At this point, isn't anything possible?
4/11/2008 Ben Dutka