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New game consoles face changed landscape

BATTLING IT OUT:Although gaming systems were thought to soon replace cable set-top boxes, gadgets such as tablets offer alternatives to stream movies, TV and music

AP, NEW YORK

The 37-year-old first-time father says he did consider switching, but the PlayStation did not have a chance. He likes his interface, his username is already set up and his gaming achievements will carry over to the new machine.

“Ninety percent is because I am already established in the Xbox community,” he says.

Then again, neither the Xbox One nor the PlayStation 4 is backward compatible, meaning the machines do not play games that were made for their predecessors. That gives players a clean slate to start with a whole new set of games.

The console makers’ challenge will be to ensure that everyone does start over, instead of sticking with their own game console or perhaps buying an iPad instead of a new game machine.

Tony Bartel, the president of the world’s largest videogame retailer, GameStop, expects the new consoles will be in “high demand and short supply” due to a huge pent-up demand for new gaming. After all, people have been playing the same consoles since before the iPhone came out.

“There’s tremendous demand for innovation,” Bartel says.

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