Electronic Arts CEO: Game Consoles Facing Stiff Competition

A small window of opportunity for Sony and Microsoft

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CEO 2000 is Leaning Up
CEO 2000 is Leaning Up
Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson speaks in such a way that you could mistake him for a strange robot-man, a cyber-CEO, and Wilson 2000 thinks that Microsoft and Sony (forget Nintendo completely) only have a few years left of sitting room supremacy.

Wilson 2000 has been speaking at the Credit Suisse 2013 Annual Technology Conference where he answered the question: "And which is your biggest revenue generating, quote unquote, devices? Is it PC, smartphone, tablet or the console?" with this:

"Today or five years from now. Listen, it might be a hologram that comes up through your living room floor. Again, I've talked to some folks that I see out in the audience today. For us we are less focused on the device and more focused on the modality of play."

I have no idea what that means. Anyway, on he went:

"We think there is a lean-back experience on your living room sofa in from of 80 inch TV. We think there is a lean-in experience in some form of PC device. We think there is a lean over experience as it relates to mobile and tablet, and so for us we're less focused on the device and more focused on the modality of play because we think that will continue irrespective of what piece of technology you use to deliver the device."

Yes, that, leaning... then apparently, he explained that Sony and Microsoft have little time left for console supremacy in the leaning room... sorry, living room.

"If I think about the next three years and certainly the conversations I have with various handset providers and setup box providers, I think the Microsoft and Sony had a real opportunity to build a strong following and a strong in-store base, where they continue to be the single best way to get high fidelity, high-definition interactive entertainment to your 80 inch television. If you think about Microsoft strategy, and I think that Sony shift some of this at least in the long-term view of bring a broader entertainment device in your living room. I think they have that time.

"Again, I think that three years from now, four years from now, they're going to be under some fairly stiff competition for the living room from mobile providers, from Apple, from Google, from Roku, from Comcast to try and own that living room experience. But again, as of now, we think that they have the single best way to get high-definition interactive entertainment TV and we're going to work with them to make sure that we can deliver that to consumer."

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