Jaffe: The Next Generation Of Consoles Will Be The Last
Things are changing in the video game industry, like it or not.
The question is, how much longer will we have the traditional gaming console? Analysts, journalists, industry executives, developers and gamers have all weighed in with their opinions, and now it's David Jaffe's turn.
The God of War creator says that in 10 years (or "probably sooner"), consoles are gone. This means that the next generation of hardware will be the last round of consoles and, as Jaffe said confidently, "they should be." But don't get all up in arms just yet; it's not like it's the end of the world. We'll still get all our favorite games. Said Jaffe:
"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. It'll just be like I can watch a public access show on my TV or I can watch Avatar.
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 the next generation of consoles is indeed the last, it will certainly be the end of an era. We'll just have to accept this new "delivery system," which will presumably become the standard method of giving us our awesome interactive experiences. I can live with that, I suppose.
6/13/2012 8:36:03 PM Ben Dutka