Infographic: Is the Console Dying?

With all the hype around the Wii U, you're probably wondering if this is a good time to invest in Nintendo (NTDOY), or any gaming company for that matter.

An investor might reason that GameStop (NYSE: GME  ) has much to gain from sales of the Wii U consoles, games and accessories. Then, as the Wii U hype dies down, we can look forward to the release of Sony's (NYSE: SNE  ) PlayStation 4 and Microsoft's new (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) Xbox in late 2013, if the rumors are true. And surely, you might think, the releases would be a boost to game designers such as Electronic Arts and Take-Two Interactive Software...

These speculations quickly open you up to a large debate about the future of gaming companies. Mainly, is the gaming console dying? And can low-cost mobile gaming competitors like Zynga ever turn big profits?

Sophisticated investors argue for both sides of the debates. Without subjecting any interested party to the pages of analysis, consider the following infographic by Kapitall. It presents both sides of the debate and stock picks that can help you trade the trends.

Is the console dying?

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  • Report this Comment On December 31, 2012, at 5:58 PM, callumturcan wrote:

    I play a lot of videogames and know a lot of gamers. The videogame industry isn't dying, it is just that more people are playing videogames. All those who play on their mobile devices aren't gamers switching over to low cost silly games, it's consumers who bought a tablet or phone who normally wouldn't play videogames but are now. Real gamers aren't going to switch over to a silly phone game over COD BO 2, Halo 4, Grand Theft Auto, BioShock, FarCry, etc. Real gamers are still buying and playing console games, while those who aren't gamers are dipping their toe in videogames through their mobile devices. The console market isn't dying. Whenever I hear this I laugh because all this talk is just a bunch of 40-60 year olds who never played videogames before trying to assert something based on losely related facts.

  • Report this Comment On December 31, 2012, at 6:00 PM, callumturcan wrote:

    The reason why console sales are down? They haven't released a new version in YEARS!! And high levels of unemployment in the 20-30 range kills videogame sales because they can't spend money they don't have. Simple.

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