Rahul Sood, founder of VoodooPC and now CTO of HP's global gaming business, is never too shy about making industry predictions for the coming year.
For 2009, he's keeping in tune with the economic gloom by claiming that both gaming PCs and consoles as we know them are doomed.
Back in December '08, and we might add to our delight, he declared that "the days of the gas guzzling SUV PCs are dying", referring, we hope, to the likes of Acer's monstrous Predator.
Rahul's argument is that the days of splashing out large amounts of cash for the extra one or two frames-per-second are long gone. Today, the consumer wants a low-power and low-cost gaming system, a fact that should, he adds, bring an end to "wicked-stupid hardware requirements" in the latest video games.
In his predictions, he states that the likes of AMD and NVIDIA will need to dramatically alter their product roadmaps for a chance of survival. Putting forth his argument, he states that he himself can't justify spending $500 on a graphics card, and he consequently can't fathom trying to sell such a product as part of HP's Voodoo-branded gaming PCs.
If that harsh-but-possibly-valid attack on the PC gaming market wasn't enough, he's today adding to the flames by claiming that consoles as we know them are also doomed.
According to Rahul, Sony and Microsoft - who couldn't have seen the economic gloom coming - opted to lose money on each console sold in the hope of breaking even or becoming profitable through the sales of games and accessories.
Though he believes Microsoft has a chance of success due to its PC-gaming roots and connections, he adds that Sony may struggle due to gambling on Blu-ray. Next time around, predicts Rahul, both Sony and Microsoft may need to consider the Nintendo approach - ensuring profitable margins on every console sale.
His arguments make for an interesting read, and you can read both articles in their entirety at the following URLs:
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