EA: Next-Gen Will Lead To A "Huge Growth Spurt" In Gaming
It seems most major developers and publishers already have projects on tap for the next generation. EA has obviously already seen both the PS4 and Xbox 720, too.
EA Labels president Frank Gibeau elaborated a little on what he has seen of the next generation. In speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, he called the new machines "spectacular" and he can't wait, because some "fatigue" has set in during the current generation (which is the longest yet in industry history). Said Gibeau:
"This is the longest cycle that any of us have ever seen, and we're at the point where a little bit of fatigue has set in, and people are wondering what they can possibly do next. I've seen the machines that we're building games for, and they're spectacular. Gen 4 hardware is a huge opportunity, and it's going to lead to a huge growth spurt for the industry."
He added that the only stumbling block could come in the form of "really high-end tablets and IPTV," but the latter is a ways off and besides, Gibeau says EA plans to "publish across all of them." And I'm sorry, but with the always-smaller tablet screen and no controller (you can only do so much by touching a screen), I will never put tablet gaming and real console/PC gaming in the same league. But that's just me.
9/4/2012 9:25:37 AM Ben Dutka