On last week's Mailbox Xbox World reader 'Darren' wrote in to say he thinks Kinect is a great bit of kit but it needs to start playing to its strengths.
This week we've got Dave Ponsford's e-mail to NGamer, in which he ponders whether the game console as we know it is reaching the end of its lifetime.
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Try to remember the last mobile phone advert where making a call was used to sell it. Even TVs are no longer advertised on the picture or sound quality - now it's the fact you can go on the internet or how well it makes a cup of tea.
I'm guilty of this in some respects, too: I've used my mobile as a camera more than a phone and my PS3 has seen more use as a Blu-ray player than for playing games. The next generation from Microsoft and Sony will no doubt be all-round media systems that just happen to play games - it wouldn't be a surprise if they didn't come bundled with a controller (that being an optional extra).
I'm sure 3DS sales will pick up as we approach Christmas, it's just a shame that society is no longer content with something that does what it's designed to do really well. It seems to want something that can do everything but.
NGamer says: Interesting point. It's clear that Nintendo have already explored certain 'convergence' ideas (web browsers on Wii and 3DS, for instance). But they seem the least likely of the console manufacturers to abandon pure gaming. Don't forget that Sony and Microsoft are technology companies, not games companies, whereas Nintendo are all about the games.
CVG says: We like to think of it as an evolution of the games console, a natural path of progression for the home console as its core audience grows matures and the audience overall grows to encompass a broader range of consumers with different needs.
At this point the convergence of features is essential to keeping hardware healthy in the long run, it makes sense for platform holders such as Sony and Microsft to take them in this direction. But as long as they play games they'll always be games consoles to us, regardless of the extra stuff they can do.
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