This Week In The Business: 'Xbox 720 Will Be A True Hybrid Console.'

What's happened in the business of video games this past week ...

QUOTE | "Xbox 720 will be a true hybrid console." -- Jesse Divnich, analyst with EEDAR describes how he thinks the next Xbox will function, supporting abundant cloud features but not abandoning physical software.

QUOTE | "Zelda should inspire all developers to innovate and evolve for the fans." -- Sledgehammer Games co-founder Michael Condrey comments along with several other developers on the lasting impact the Zelda franchise has had on the industry.

QUOTE | "That's f**king bullshit." -- Ken Levine of Irrational Games on design, saying"I have no patience for any game designer who says everybody should design games just like I do."

QUOTE | "New forms of games are growing, but not necessarily at the expense of other forms of games." -- Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime on why the rising tide of gaming is lifting all boats, even Nintendo's despite the surge in social and smartphone gaming.

STAT | 118 million -- The number of people who play social games at least once per week, according to a survey by Information Solutions Group.

QUOTE | "The collapse of the traditional games business has paved the way for a new economy." -- Matt Martin, editor of GamesIndustry.biz, on 7 UK studios to watch in the coming year.

QUOTE | "Didn't I just spend 20+ years of my life trying to get away from graphics and gameplay models like this?" -- Warren Spector talking about the rise of mobile and social games.

QUOTE | "The social games industry is long overdue for a weeding, which may already be underway." -- Scott Steinberg, industry analyst on the 5 threats to social games and what developers should be aware of.

QUOTE | "We believe we can drive the adoption of Android tablets as a great gaming device." -- GameStop President Tony Bartel is "very pleased" with GameStop's tablet sales so far, as the retailer has big plans for the emerging tablets space.

STAT | 44 per cent -- Nielsen found that nearly half of kids (ages 6-12) greatly desire an iPad this holiday season, much more than a 3DS, Wii, Xbox 360, PS3 or other electronic device.

QUOTE | "Give us five years and I think as many people will know about gaming as they do about movies." -- Won Il Sue, VP of business development at Nexon, on why games will be mainstream in five years.

This Week in the Business courtesy of IndustryGamers.com
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    Ha, love Warren Spectors quote....classic.

    I want to have physical copies of my games FOREVER.
    Having digital distribution as an option is fantastic but I always want to be able to walk into a shop and purcahse a physical copy of a game.

    I don't mind not having the physical items for gaming. As a pc gamer I obviously use steam a lot and it being a digital download provider does not bother me.
    When it comes to music however, I very much believe in the physical product as the artwork of a cd can enhance it's experience. I've bought cd's based on how awesome the cover looks and discovered some great bands. /end rant

    "Zelda should inspire all developers to innovate and evolve for the fans"

    Considering the fact that Zelda is now starting to add features that have been standard in games for 10 years and features a character who's most significant design change has been the hue of his pants, I'm not sure if the above quote is a compliment or an insult to the Zelda franchise.

    “Zelda should inspire all developers to innovate and evolve for the fans.” — Sledgehammer Games co-founder Michael Condrey comments along with several other developers on the lasting impact the Zelda franchise has had on the industry.

    Zelda.. COD Developer.. innovate & evolve.

    One of these things is not like the other.. one of these things..

    QUOTE | “Give us five years and I think as many people will know about gaming as they do about movies.” — Won Il Sue, VP of business development at Nexon, on why games will be mainstream in five years.

    This will only have been relevant 5 years ago! maybe she only just got angry birds?

    I can't STAND the next X-Box being called the 720. There's no precedence!

    Even taking the assumption that the X-Box was effectively the X-Box 1 and that precedence has been set, 720 wouldn't be the number of the third X-Box.

    The Xbox 360 added 359 to the previous X-Box's number, therefore the 719 would be just as applicable. Alternatively, it multiplied the previous X-Box's number by 360, therefore wouldn't 360^2 (or 129600) be a more suitable number?

    Naming the future Playstation the PS4 makes sense because there there is precedence. The Wii wasn't called the Nintendo 128, though. And Super Mario 128 was never intended to be a full game, so that doesn't count either. Even if it did, that wasn't MS.

    End rant. :P

      The 360 was 'A Complete Revolution'... the argument is then that the 720 is 2 revolutions.

      I thought the gamecube was dubbed the 128

        In an era where we have a console called a Wii.. you're gonna complain about numbers? Mmkay.

    Really was that last quote by a VP named "Won II Sue", just WOW!

    Also new console should be called Xbox Next.

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