Game console and portable game player shipments in 2010 declined from 2009 (down roughly 3 percent for consoles and 30 percent for portable game players).
Some declines in game consoles can also be attributed to the maturity of current products.
Nintendo has sold almost 85 million Wiis (through 2010); further, the Wii is under increasing price pressure from its competitors, who also launched motion-controlled peripherals; nor does it support HD or contain a Blu-ray player as the PS3 does. Wii shipments nonetheless easily outstripped those of its rivals.
That doesn't mean that consumers are suddenly tired of gaming.
Practice director Jason Blackwell believes that, "There was likely some impact from mobile gaming, but right now a big part of these declining numbers can be attributed to consumers waiting for the next generation of equipment." Microsoft's Kinect has already set records, boosting Xbox 360 sales.
This story, "Games Console Sales Decline" was originally published by PC Advisor (UK).