We've been saying for a while now that hardcore gamers have no intention of abandoning consoles just because a new age is upon us.
Electronic Arts COO Peter Moore agrees with that assessment, telling Bloomberg that in fact, "the demise of console gaming is very premature."
He says that although mobile and social gaming has expanded, the avid gamers still require core titles they can play on the big screen. He added that the console business remains a major part of EA's future endeavors:
"We still have thousands of people focused on developing current-generation Xbox 360 and PS3 games, as well as people focused now on the next generation when that finally arrives. And so, people still want core games. People want to sit back in their living rooms, take advantage of their HD TVs, and and play fully immersive games like [Battlefield 4]."
However, the industry continues forward into the digital era, and Moore does believe that EA's digital sales will outstrip traditional packaged goods by 2015. That isn't so very far off but at the same time, that doesn't mean consoles are through. It just means those boxes we collectors have always craved will fall by the wayside, which we are not relishing. By the way, Moore is one of the candidates to replace recently resigned CEO John Riccitiello at EA. Is he the man for the job…?