It used to be the case that consumers paid more for better hardware. Consumers then wised up to the fact hardware isn’t worth the sand its silicone came from without killer apps, so those for a while, those drove purchases. The need for mobility and convergence in one device changed all that, but at least you got to fit your inferior hardware and games in your pocket.
Enter the game machine of the future, less powerful than a dedicated console and with fewer killer apps and less portability than a mobile phone, but somehow where gaming is headed if GameStop is to be believed. The retailer has announced it will be bringing its “GameStop certified gaming platform” to the market next year.