A new market study has been issued by Research and Markets, in which the company makes a prediction for the future of our wireless entertainment: Wi-Fi-enabled entertainment devices, clearing shipments of 108.8 million in 2009, will rise to 177.3 million in 2013. This includes devices across four categories: Cameras, handheld gaming devices, gaming consoles, and personal media players.
In a press release about the study, Research and Markets suggests that the next big factor in wi-fi devices will be the type of embedded wi-fi — devices in 2010 are moving to 802.11n, as opposed to 802.11b in previous devices. They also note that despite the widespread sales of entertainment devices, trends show that just a few key players have dominated the market this last year. Nintendo, for example, owns both the handheld and console market, with the DS line and the Wii accounting for 87% and 79% of sales in their genres, respectively. Nikon, as well, is the key player in its field, selling fully 91% of wi-fi cameras in 2009.
The press release does not give a percentage, but also notes that Apple’s iPod Touch was the unsurprising winner in the personal media player field.