"This is the Last Generation of Consoles Coming Up", Says David Jaffe
By George Denison on June 15th, 2012 (23 comments)
I hope you aren't getting too attached to those large pieces of plastic hanging around your TV. David Jaffe, the creator of God of War and Twisted Metal, has predicted that in the next ten years, consoles will be extinct.
"I don't think any of the consoles are going to do as well as they used to", he said in an interview with GamesIndustry. "It's a declining market, I think. That doesn't speak ill to any of them as pieces of hardware - it just speaks about the fact that the industry has changed, the business models have changed and the world has gotten even smaller with smartphones and tablets and the internet, and stuff like Gaikai and streaming."
"The next generation of hardware will be the last consoles. And they should be," he continued.
"It doesn't mean you won't buy a piece of hardware from Sony, but you'll probably buy a television that streams the stuff. And you'll still have Sony, loud and proud and strong making these great, big, epic games like God of War and Uncharted, and they'll be making great little games like Sound Shapes, but they'll become more like movie studios for video games. I'll be able to stream in the next Uncharted and Plants vs Zombies and you won't even think about it."
"So this is the last generation of consoles coming up. I'm going to go out on a limb, because why the f**k not? I don't care if I'm wrong, I'm not a business guy. I think next-gen consoles are going to do 40 percent of [the sales volume] of the current gen hardware."
If consoles were to die out, would you miss them? Since we're still waiting to see what the next Xbox and Playstation consoles will even look like, there remains the possibility that Sony and Microsoft will come up with something innovative enough to breathe new life into the console market.
Cloud gaming is a neat idea, and in the long run it might well develop into something phenomenal, but it's total reliance on internet connection is a major drawback for the time being. Baring that in mind, there is probably still a place for consoles for a little while yet. Besides, who wants to let go of that slightly-melted-radiator look of the Xbox 360, or the Fisher Price toaster vibe of the Wii? Why wouldn't you want that kind of thing prominently displayed in your living room?
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