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Console Wars 2013: Sony PS4 and its competitors
Apple and iOS
In the six or seven years since the last round of living-room game consoles, a lot has changed in how we buy and play games. So much so that it's legitimate to ask whether the same expensive, fixed-configuration hardware box, with its risky razor-and-blade model, still works.
Much gaming today happens in smaller, less expensive, more portable chunks. Even standalone handheld game machines such as the PlayStation Vita and Nintendo 3DS have been supplanted by phones and tablets. Leading the charge is Apple, a company long thought to be hostile to PC-style gaming, but one that has built a huge new platform with the iPhone, iPad, and App Store.
From puzzle games to first-person shooters to retro-style family board games, there's a seemingly endless variety, and most games' prices run from free (or free-to-play) to a few dollars, with anything over $10 being very rare indeed. Big players such as EA and Activision are building up their iOS libraries and recognize that the future may not be in selling $60 retail boxes.
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