Yet more evidence that we may soon see the end of consoles as we know them
We all love playing our latest-gen PS4’s and Xbox Ones – but could they be the last generation of consoles? Well, as we here at COGconnected said a long time ago, it’s not such a crazy idea, with things like streaming becoming more and more popular. And now, an EA Exec has seemingly backed-up that claim, suggesting that your current-gen console may be among the last of its kind.
In a recent interview, EA’s Chief Competition Officer, Peter Moore, suggested that the conitnued rise of streamed gaming is quickly putting consoles under threat – could we soon see the end of consoles completely?
“I’m not sure there will be consoles, as we know them anymore,” Moore said in an interview with The Daily Orange. “Games will be accessed by streaming technology, so we don’t need hardware intermediaries in between the two … if you and I want to play Battlefield 12 against each other, we’ll just jump into a game via whatever monitor we happen to have in our homes. It’ll be on a chip, rather than in a box.”
Could consoles soon go the way of the dinosaurs? What Moore is describing is more of a future prediction, so it is not yet clear to anyone what will happen in the near future. Definitely, streaming and cloud gaming are growing and they offer a lot of sensible advantages for both companies and gamers. But with sales of current-gen consoles being so strong, it is clear that we are not close to being ready to give up our beloved PS4’s or Xbox Ones anytime soon.
The PS4 is rumoured to be receiving an upgrade – code named “Neo” – soon. Microsoft has said they are not planning the same for the Xbox One, but rumours suggest some kind of news for that console at E3.
What do you think? Is this the last console you’ll ever own? Do you like the idea of gaming exclusively via streaming from cloud-based sources? Let us know below!