Every year, GamesIndustry asks several analysts who specialize in the gaming industry to share their predictions for the next 12 months.

And a reality check of what has come true from the 2022 projections.

Every year, GamesIndustry asks several analysts who specialize in the gaming industry to share their predictions for the next 12 months. At the same time, analysts are recalling what happened to their previous predictions.

This year, four analysts spoke to the press: from Ampere Analysis, Niko Partners, Kantan Games and Midia Research. Here are some of the most interesting predictions.

The first is the Pears Harding-Rolls Ampere Analysis.

The forecast for 2023:.

  • Microsoft will buy Activision Blizzard, but they’ll have to make concessions.
  • The mobile games market will stabilize after the recession in 2022.
  • The console market is stabilizing, too.
  • The PlayStation 5 will be the best-selling console of the year if Sony doesn’t have a supply problem.
  • The new Nintendo console won’t be out until 2024.
  • After the third-party stores appear on iOS, the cloud version of Game Pass Ultimate and the Microsoft Store can be launched there.
  • Between 1.2 and 1.5 million PlayStation VR2s will be sold in a year.
  • The Quest 3 VR headset will be available later this year.
  • Game Pass will grow strongly, and in PlayStation Plus Extra and Premium, major projects will appear more often on the day of release.
  • It’s going to be a new wave of hybrid monetization of games through advertising.
  • Consolidation of the gaming market will continue, but there will be no major deals at the level of Activision Blizzard’s purchase.
  • Generative AI will be more commonly used in game development.

Checking the forecasts for 2022:.

  • Switch is gonna be the best-selling console of the year.
  • Switch Pro won’t be out in 2022.
  • The console market will remain at the same level as before.
  • The PlayStation 5 is going to outsell the Xbox Series.
  • PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series will sell 28 million units by the end of the year.
  • The PlayStation subscription is going to be restarted.
  • Large games from third-party studios will be more likely to appear in Xbox Game Pass on the first day of release yes.
  • Amazon Luna is going to work in Western Europe.
  • Netflix will start experimenting with running games in the cloud. Yes, but for now, the experiments are internal.
  • Quest 2 is going to be the best-selling VR headset of the year, and PlayStation VR2 isn’t coming out at the end of the year.
  • Apple will not be preparing to launch third-party app stores no.
  • The blockchain games will decline yes.
  • A full metaverse is not going to happen.
  • Game universes will more often adapt to other forms of media yes.

I’m not sure what you’re talking about.

The forecast for 2023:.

  • The PC, console and smartphone games will see more use of hybrid monetization.
  • The gaming companies will continue to buy each other, but the value of the deal will go down a lot.
  • The efficiency of game development will increase thanks to new technologies for example, generative AI.
  • Blizzard games will be available in China again.
  • In Japan, the video game industry will become more closely linked to the gaming industry.
  • In Southeast Asia, the popularity of blockchain games will decline.
  • The e-sports tournaments will continue to be held in a hybrid online/offline format.
  • The growth of the esports market is driven by mobile shooters.

Checking the forecasts for 2022:.

  • 14 out of 16 predictions have come true, the full list is not given.

The first is the “Media Research”.

The forecast for 2023:.

  • More mergers and acquisitions are expected.
  • VR gaming is having a renaissance, and by the end of the year, headsets will be in double digits in the U.S.
  • Thanks to the recession, the gap in sales between Xbox and PlayStation will be significantly reduced.

Checking the forecasts for 2022:.

  • There were no forecasts.

The game is called “Sherkan Toto” by Kantan Games.

The forecast for 2023:.

  • Games will continue to rise in price.
  • There will be full-fledged cryptogames based on known universes.
  • The crypto gaming market is waiting for another “Axie Infinity moment” when a game of a whole new level of quality will be available.
  • The recession won’t affect the gaming market much.

Checking the forecasts for 2022:.

  • Games will be less tolerable.
  • The crypto games market will be bigger than that.
  • Nintendo is going to release a mobile game.
  • Microsoft will continue to actively work with the Japanese market apparently, yes.

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