Zynga is one of the hottest gamers, and it is starting rumors that Microsoft will target the mobile market. An Xbox console uses 150 watts+ and the TV makes or another 150+. An iPad has a 25 watt-hr battery. The mobile market is growing faster than the gaming console. And, all the games for mobile come from bit distribution vs. gaming DVD/media.
We’ll see if the rumors come true, but if they do the power use for gaming should decrease noticeably.
Vice president of Epic Games, Mark Rein, in an announcement of Unreal Engine 3 on the iPad, expressed his thoughts on the future of gaming consoles. He thought the future of Xbox gaming console could be a gaming tablet with a built-in Kinect.
Below is the excerpt from Rein’s statement
Imagine a future Xbox 360 that is actually a tablet you carry around. It will have more power than 360 does today, with technology like Kinect built right in. Imagine walking into a bar with some friends, propping it up on the table and playing games like Dance Central or Kinect Adventures anywhere you go. Then when you get home that same device will use technology like AirPlay or wireless HDMI to connect to your big screen, you’ll pick up a wireless controller, or use your phone as controller to play games like Gears of War.