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Topic: Could Sega ever return to the hardware market?

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1UP_MARIO

ReaderRagfish wrote:

1UP_MARIO wrote:

We can all dream about it

And then we can cast our dreams away

Next day we can dream again

We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.

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ReaderRagfish

1UP_MARIO wrote:

ReaderRagfish wrote:

1UP_MARIO wrote:

We can all dream about it

And then we can cast our dreams away

Next day we can dream again

And then we can think of that one console made by Sega that relates to this dream casting. What was it called again? Dreamcras... Dreemcash... Oh I remember! Sega Saturn.

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@ReaderRagfish Should've made the Sega Dreamcatcher

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Heavyarms55

@iVirtual No way. I seriously doubt any company would try and get into the hardware market at this point. Gaming is trending away from dedicated gaming hardware. Casual players using their phones and more hardcore players trending toward PCs. As a teacher I see what my students are playing and hear what they are talking about. It's mobile games and PC. While the Switch is popular here in Japan, and so is the PS4, they aren't the driving force in the industry they once were. Basically everyone has a phone these days, and the vast majority of those are smartphones. And most households have a PC.

As the the generations of kids who grew up in the 80s, 90s, and early 2000s gets older and older the kids who are growing up now lack the nostalgia and the affection for dedicated gaming devices.

I don't buy into the "consoles are doomed" argument. But I do believe that it's a much more limited market these days and brand recognition is too important. Sega is only seen as a hardware company buy older players.

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iVirtual

@Heavyarms55 I think Sega can sell dedicated hardware but they aren't as good at making games anymore especially for younger audiences and software is what sells a system, not hardware. There is a reason why the Switch sold 20 Million units within a year and it's because they got games.

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Heavyarms55

@iVirtual Software does sell hardware, that goes almost without saying. But the hardware has to be compelling enough to motivate people to make software for it. The Wii U didn't lack games out of spite. Developers didn't find it an attractive platform to develop for. It was too atypical and its gimmick didn't appeal. That lack of development snowballed. With the Switch, the appeal quickly caught on. The simple gimmick of a device that is both portable and a home console resonated with a lot of people, very fast.

Sega doesn't even have a hardware division anymore. So they'd be starting over from scratch. They'd have to develop something that is significantly different from Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft's offerings, but still feasible enough, and appealing enough to attract developers. Certainly not impossible, but not likely. Further how would Sega handle their IPs being spread everywhere already? Are they going to end their deals with Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft? They'd be burning a lot of bridges that way. But why buy a new device for games you already have on Switch, PS4 or Xbone?

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iVirtual

@Heavyarms55 I'm talking about a new device with exclusive games also the Wii U was difficult to develop for the CPU was weak, was not selling mainly due to the name and poor marketing. And Sega wouldn't burn any bridges even if they did this. SNK ported their games to other platforms whilst having their own system.

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Heavyarms55

@iVirtual Well if you think that, that's fine. I don't happen to agree and that's fine too. You're not wrong about the Wii U's weak CPU though.

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iVirtual

@Heavyarms55 I understand Sega is just not the same anymore even for older audiences they don't offer as much as they used to.

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