Speaking at GamesBeat 2013, as transcribed by GamesIndustry, the developer and publisher executive said the console industry might see a surge shortly after the launches of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in November, but that mobile will draw the same amount of attention as consoles in the future.
“My sense is that consoles will do a lot in the first one or two years, but we’re not thinking much about consoles,” Mahoney said of Nexon’s plans.
Mahoney said when he watches his kids play video games, it’s usually on a laptop or tablet in front of a television that’s turned off despite having consoles attached.
“They’re just not interested,” Mahoney said, adding that if there’s a console on your hip, people don’t need to use the ones attached to the TV all the time.
Mahoney compared the change to how consumers perceive the MacBook Air and the iPad right now.
“They’ve very close, very similar devices. When you project out merely two years, they’re pretty much the same device,” Mahoney said.
The Xbox One launches in the U.S. and 12 other markets on Nov. 22 while the PS4 hits shelves in North America on Nov. 15 and in Europe on Nov. 29.