First there was Phil Harrison expressing his thoughts on how console gaming will make way for browser-based gaming, now we have Michael Pachter stating that handhelds will bite the dust as well. The Wedbush Morgan Securities analyst made a statement on the matter on his recent episode of Pach-Attack when the question was asked on whether handhelds will be the “forefront of development” because of the current console life span. To answer this question, Pachter explained,
“We’re not even close to saturated on the video game consoles…and we are way approaching saturation on the handheld market. We’re seeing DS hardware sales crack. I think the ubiquity of the iPod is cutting into the handheld market. I think the PSP2 is going to be dead on arrival.”
“It looks to me like young kids are just as happy playing with an iPod Touch…It is cool, it plays games, it plays music, and they are going to put a camera in it. The 3DS will prolong the handheld market for the game manufacture, but ultimately I think handhelds are in trouble. After the 3DS has had its little rush, handhelds are going to continue to decline.”
So even the 3DS and PSP2 won’t be able to hold up against the juggernaut that is Apple and their portable devices? Do you think items such as the iPod Touch will be able to deliver the same quality of gameplay as the handhelds we grew to know and love?