It’s no secret that the latest consoles from Sony and Microsoft are selling extremely well. Sony in particular has already sold 2.1 million PS4s worldwide making it the fastest selling console in history. However, not everyone is convinced that the good times will keep rolling. One of those naysayers is EA CEO Patrick Wilson who think the likes of Google, Roku, Apple and Comcast will give Sony and Microsoft a run for their money.
“Our market is evolving at a very, very, very rapid rate,” Wilson said. “I think that Microsoft and Sony have a real opportunity to build a strong following and a strong install base while they continue to be the single best way to get high fidelity, high definition interactive entertainment to your 80-inch television. If you think about Microsoft’s strategy–and I think Sony shares some of this in their long-term view, of being a broader entertainment device in your living room–I think they have that time. I think that three years from now, four years from now, they’re going to be under some fairly stiff competition for the living room, from mobile providers, from Apple, from Google, from Roku, from Comcast, to try and own that living room experience.”
Wilson’s words could come true. Gaming on iOS and Android devices has rapidly grown as more and more people have gotten smartphones. Also, the ability to use Netflix, Hulu Plus and other TV/Movie streaming apps on Apple TV, Smart TVs and Roku sets among others negate the need for a games console other than to just play games on. Obviously, this is all hypothetical. Now that the PS4 and Xbox One have launched the real battle has begun to start delivering content to those hungry consumers.