Oh boy, here we go again. As technology continues to evolve with each generation, there’s always a few industry prophets foretelling the final demise of consoles. Just two years ago, Microsoft’s Aaron Greenberg expressed his belief that
we’re already in the final console generation, and industry analyst Michael Pachter said the same the year before that.
This time around it’s Ubisoft. Speaking with Variety, company co-founder and CEO Yves Guillemot predicted one final generation of consoles before the end. After that, Guillemot says we’ll all be streaming across a variety of platforms instead of any dedicated hardware.
“I think we will see another generation, but there is a good chance that step-by-step we will see less and less hardware. With time, I think streaming will become more accessible to many players and make it not necessary to have big hardware at home. There will be one more console generation and then after that, we will be streaming, all of us.”
“It is going to help the AAA game industry grow much faster. We have to work on the accessibility of those games, to make sure they can be played on any device, but the fact that we will be able to stream those games on mobile phones and television screens without a console is going to change a lot of the industry.”
“There are quite a few people that are working on streaming, like Nvidia. So, we think it’s a trend and that it will continue to evolve. Eventually, the technology will improve dramatically, which will allow us to have a very smooth experience in the big cities of the world.”
— Yves Guillemot
Obviously Microsoft’s prediction that this is already the final generation is false, as
Sony has already announced a launch window for their next console. Will Yves turn out to be correct next generation, or will we keep singing this same song for decades to come?
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