Overall sales of the gaming consoles have started to decline. The PlayStation 2, Xbox and GameCube are reaching their maturity in the market. The sales of the Xbox and GameCube are predicted to increase, but as the largest provider Sony is shipping a reducing amount of PSOnes and PS2s, the over figures are dropping.
The next generation of gaming consoles is naturally the next booster of the gaming industry. They are expected to hit the market in the second quarter of 2005.