Jupiter: Video Console Market to Tighten9 Jul, 2007 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Competition for video game console households in the United States over the next five years will intensify, resulting in a shared installed base of systems among platform suppliers.
The findings are in a new report on U.S. gaming from New York-based JupiterResearch.
The study projects that major game platform suppliers will generate no more than 10% market share by 2012, compared to 33% share in 2005.
“Each platform brings a special set of strengths to the market and to competition in current generation of systems,” said Michael Gartenberg, VP and research director at Jupiter. “We have seen a dramatic rise in the proportion multiplatform releases from independent publishers over previous generations. This is no longer a winner-takes-all market of the past.”
The report said U.S. console market revenues would top $12.8 billion by the end of the year, with household penetration surpassing 50%.