According to NPD, there are now just over 39 million consoles in American homes that are connected to the internet, and overall there are over 425 million devices connected to the net in the USA.
As you would imagine, most of the devices that are connected to the internet are just plain ‘ol desktops and laptop computers (i know, boring) but the amount of video game consoles, tablets and smartphones connected to the internet as grown considerably. The NPD estimates that there are 184 laptops and desktop online, 133 million smartphones connected, video game consoles sit in third place above tablets at 39 million, and smart HDTV’s account for 16 million devices connected to the web.
The NPD believes that these numbers will continue to grow in 2013, especially now that manufacturers are figuring out more unique ways to connect all of these devices together within the home. We already know that current gen video game consoles are far more than game consoles, and that they excel at streaming media into the living room, but the NPD is predicting that if smartphone and tablet makers are able to make a much more cohesive product that can deliver world class gaming, and media streaming, they could leave video game consoles behind. You can read the NPD Groups report here.
What do you guys think? Do you believe that the rise of tablets and smartphones will be the eventual downfall of video game consoles? Let us know in the comment section below.