If you're thinking that game-specific consoles and portables are going to disappear, one executive tells you to think again. Buttons still rule.
In speaking to The Verge during the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show, Sony CEO Kaz Hirai says he believes consoles and handhelds are here to stay:
"I think that based on the consumer feedback that we've been getting, there is certainly a very large segment of the video game market that is interested in playing immersive games on a game-specific device, as opposed to playing casual games on smartphones. There is certainly a market for that as well, but again, there's that market where the physical buttons and the controls are very important for that intuitive and intricate gameplay control."
That response was mostly geared to the PlayStation Vita, which hasn't performed up to expectations. Specifically regarding consoles, Hirai said they "aren't going to go away anytime soon," either. Personally, I've never understood how anyone could have the same precision and exactness using a touchscreen as compared to pressing a button. Maybe that's just me…