Bold statement. The God of War and Twisted Metal creator thinks that in the next ten years, consoles won't be around anymore. The successors of current consoles will be the last for gaming consoles. It's possible, since change always happen. The gaming industry was completely different back then and in ten years, we'll be talking on how crazy it was back then. Not too sure yet, since we have no idea what Sony and Microsoft has in store for us, but if consoles do become a thing of the past, I don't mind that thought at all.
"Look, consoles are going away. I think in 10 years - probably sooner, but 10 years is always the safe thing to say so you don't sound like an idiot - but here's what I'll say: I'll go on the record and say that the next generation of hardware will be the last consoles. And they should be," David Jeff said during an interview with GamesIndustry
"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."
"The asteroid has hit the Earth, the dust cloud is covering the sun and the dinosaurs are on the way out - but not the games! We'll always have great games and bleeding edge graphics... it's just going to be a new delivery mechanism."
Can the gaming industry live without consoles? It's slowly leading to that. Even physical copies of video games will be a thing of the past in the next few years. Technology evolves in such a rapid rate that its hard to tell how the industry will be in the next 10 years. Sony and Microsoft has yet to announce the successor to the Playstation 3 and the Xbox 360, and only then will we get a clearer picture of the future.
The Wii U is the start of the next cycle and David Jaffe isn't too impress with what it brings.
"I don't see the Wii U and say 'oh my God I have to have that.' But with new hardware that's usually the case; the software's going to drive it. Or it's like Apple and the hardware is so elegantly designed that it's like, 'Oh they make toilet plungers? I'll buy it!' I played some games, I enjoyed Rayman... it's not like I'm knocking it but I would say that I wasn't blown away by any individual piece of software that was exclusive to Wii U," Jaffe commented.
"But their audience isn't necessarily core gamers like you or the analysts you talk to, so I could still see Wii U being mainstream. But honestly though, if I had to put money down, I think that the iPhone and the iPad has basically taken the market that was so excited by the Wii and so I think Wii U is not going to be anywhere near the success of the Wii. But I don't f***ing know - I mean I thought PSP was going to clobber the DS. I'm in the industry, I make a living in the industry, but I have no track record of guessing this shit."
The Wii U is still a confusing piece of hardware even after two E3 presentations. Does Nintendo intend to catch the casual market again? Or core gamers? I'm not quite sure. If they do continue to focus on the causal market, the Wii U will indeed have a hard time with iPhone/iPad games , and even social network games that currently rule the market.
Do you also agree that the next batch of consoles will be the last? Hit the comments and lets get a conversation going.