Originally Posted by jfanning
What is your point?
At the current rate of growth of the iPad, even if only 50% of users ever use it for gaming, it will be a very significant platform.
What can I do on my Xbox360... Buy movies, music and TV shows. I can do that on my iPad. I can't browse the Internet, download apps or watch YouTube in any simple way, not that I can find, feel free to correct me.
As of 6th Jun 2011 Microsoft has only demonstrated Bing and YouTube, not a full browser.
What I'm trying to do is open up people's eyes to how massive and versatile the iPad platform is going to become.
You say that you don't want to update each time to play the latest game. Fair enough. But think about this. If the iPad 3 sells 50 million units in 2012, which is very likely, that is about ALL THE UNITS OF PS3 sold for the PAST SIX YEARS.
That means, that through 2012 and 2013, a game developer making a game targeted at iPad 3 will have ALMOST THE EQUIVALENT USER BASE of THE ENTIRE PS3 USER BASE.
So, if Apple continues on its trajectory, sometime around the iPad 4, with iPad 5 being backward compatible, the iPad 4/5 will have a MUCH LARGER USER BASE THAN PS3. Like, EVER. This is big. This is significant... if the iPad 4 and 5 can pack some horsepower, and it will, and you can play games on your HDTV, which you already can.
Yes, not every person purchasing an iPad is going to play games. But some will, and the ease of entry into the iPad gamer market may be better than PS3. For some gamers, if iPad 4/5 gaming is reasonable, they might not even consider a PS3, since they might want to do some other multimedia stuff besides gaming with a PS3... So they may be better off buying an iPad instead of a PS3. Some will say, "but oh, the "real" gamer market" knows PS3 and Xbox360. But the Wii, with none of that great "AAA" titles massively outsells the PS3 and Xbox360.
It is very likely that the iPad4/5 will redefine gaming just as iPhone and iPod touch has. For better or worse, I leave that to the individual to decide. I feel that console gaming has destroyed PC gaming... for example, there will never be another "Myst" made in this decade. But do I despise console gaming? Nope, I do enjoy the console titles in a different way. Will iOS gaming destroy console gaming? Some say it already has... Again, I leave it to the individual to decide.