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Epic CEO: There Are “Too Many Platforms,” Consolidation Inevitable

February 13, 2012 Written by Alex Osborn

Let’s face it, the tech industry is getting pretty cluttered. We’ve so many computing options that it often becomes quite overwhelming for both consumers and developers. From PCs, Macs and Tablets, to smartphones, consoles and dedicated handhelds, the options are spread far too thin, and Epic CEO Tim Sweeney believes that soon some of these devices will fade from existence.

Speaking at DICE, Sweeney explained:

This is too many platforms. We’re seeing now iPad sales have surpassed the sales of PCs. This is a real revelation, this is a product that wasn’t invented until a few years ago and its basically supplanting personal computers. Over time these platforms will be whittled down to a competing set of platforms to maybe three winners worldwide across everything.

Over time these platforms will be whittled down to a competing set of platforms to maybe three winners worldwide across everything – computers, game platforms, smartphones… We should expect a lot of consolidation here and winners and losers according to who picks the right directions and executes successfully.

I doubt that many would argue against the assumption that smartphones will one day lead to the death of the dedicated gaming handheld, but what about tablets? Could they really mark the end of PCs and Macs? Or perhaps we’ll see a future dominated by either Windows or Mac and their subsequent devices will be the de facto computing option?

At this point it all is just speculation and guess work, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to hear from our readers. Let us know what you think this consolidated future may look like in the comments below.

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