Why Phil Harrison is dead wrong about the gaming industry
Phil Harrison, you guys remember him right? He is the former British corporate executive and a representative director of Sony Computer Entertainment and SCEE. In a recent interview Phil Harrison said that Apple will dominate gaming industry in the future. With all do respect Mr. Harrison, playeressence.com thinks your dead wrong and here are 3 reasons why.
3. Apple doesn’t understand gamers
- Apple is in the business of making overpriced hardware with minimal effort. (Like Nintendo on steroids) With there $600 Ipads, $230 dollar Ipod touch’s, and $1000 plus MacBooks. Apple will really have to restructure their business model if they want to own the gaming future. And, before you guys mention the Apple TV that’s coming soon I already know about that, but it’s unproven if gamers will gravitate towards that. The casuals might be in the bag but the hardcore are undecided.
2. Where are your studios?
- To own the gaming industry you need games that get casuals and hardcore gamers excited. So far I have not seen anything down the horizon that really makes me want to get on the app store and forget about my PS3, 360, or Wii. While they do have a gem here and there like Infinity blade there are tons of similar games out on consoles and PC that gamers will spend their hard earned money on like Skyrim and Zelda. Apple just doesn’t have the teams to develop enough software to make everybody happy. Angry Birds isn’t cutting it. (Not developed by Apple just their most popular game)
1. First Party IP
- Mario, Metroid, Zelda, Pokemon, Uncharted, Killzone, Mag, Resistance, Infamous, Twisted Metal, Little Big Planet, Halo, Forza, Dance Central, Gears ECT. The games that gamers love. Apple will never have them. And unless they form a bunch of studios quickly or in the near future and invest a ton of money Apple will never own the industry with their $1.00 apps and overpriced Ipads.
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