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Game consoles will be extinct after next-gen, says Jaffe

David Jaffe is never one to hold back an opinion, so after we talked in depth about the free-to-play market and his next project at his new San Diego studio, we also decided to pick the designer's brain on the Wii U and how the console market is shaping up. As it turns out, Jaffe isn't very excited by Wii U and he ultimately thinks consoles in general will soon be dinosaurs.

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donniebaseball1504d ago

I've been thinking this for a while actually, so I agree with Jaffe. In 10 years at a maximum the games as service model will take over. All games will be downloaded or probably streamed and consoles won't be needed.

WrAiTh Sp3cTr31504d ago (Edited 1504d ago )

I honestly have to disagree. Just look at Nintendo, the only reason they're in the hardware business is to deliver their software, but they'll never let their software breathe outside of their hardware...not anytime soon. That's the console business...

Hisiru1504d ago (Edited 1504d ago )

Exactly, it's not like people will just forget Mario, God of War, Zelda, Forza etc.

Exclusive games will keep consoles alive. Some delusional/technologic enthusiasts thinks that Onlive will replace consoles. Lol.

I believe we will see an evolution. Better consoles with even more interactivity, social elements etc. It will become something that will always be connected to your TV.

morganfell1504d ago

Really Dave? What was that??? Wait a second, I know you....

http://www.youtube.com/watc...

LAZL0-Panaflex1504d ago

So if u could get a full call of duty game with multiplayer for $10 on tablet or a smartphone and play with a sony/ms controller on any hd tv you think people wont want that more?.......

Hmm lets see.... Game console with shitty browser and just plays games For $60 a pop
For $399

Or

a portable tv that streams, takes hd pictures videos, good prowser, streams porn, thousands of applications, makes calls, yahoo messenger,that u can sync any controllrt u want. And play $10 games that would cost $60 each on consoles.
. For $499

darthv721504d ago

less desirable is more like it. At least from the casual majority perspective. There will always be a core minority that will prefer a console just like there is a core minority that prefers records to cd/mp3.

Hisiru1504d ago (Edited 1504d ago )

@LAZL0-Panaflex
Do you play games or use your gaming devices for web browsing?

I would prefer to buy a true gaming machine with physical buttons + some true exclusives like God of War, Mario, Zelda, Uncharted, Metroid, Little Big Planet etc.

Seriously, it's even dumb to bring things like phone calls, web browser, applications, messenger etc because you already have web browser/messenger on your home PC/smartphone and you already have phone calls/applications on your regular android/ios device. It's not something new and everyone already have it.

We use consoles for gaming, not for smartphones/PC tasks we already have on several devices.

blackbeld1503d ago

No way.

After PS4 they will come with Virtual Helmet Consoles!

This will be great! ;)

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GamingPerson1504d ago (Edited 1504d ago )

Coming from a console game creator.. Who knows I do think console games will take a turn for the worst because they are to mainstream.

1: $60 games
2: On The disk dlc
3:Cod the biggest game in the world and no dedicated servers or proper hit detection.
4:Online Pass
5:Supreme Court wants to stop used games.
http://www.gametrailers.com...
6:US Government hacking old consoles for peoples info.
http://www.g4tv.com/thefeed...
7:Developers leaving for Smart Phones
8:Smart TV's coming with cloud gaming end of 2012.
9:Games are becoming easier and more casual.
10:Gimmicky kinect and move

did I miss anything?

PC gamers have their own problems to.
1:Console ports
2:piracy
I would say hackers but you can switcher servers or kick people out.

StarFox1504d ago (Edited 1504d ago )

sorry dude but im gonna say you and jaffe are delusional. you now how fast the internet in terms of advancement would have to be in 10 years in order to stream games. hell you know how much memory it would take to do that. sorry but console hardware is here to stay for a long time. too much money is being made from hardware to even consider that. you might possibly see the end of physical media though but hardware highly unlikely. BTW if there is no hardware where are you gonna stream games from. i mean a magic data stream can't magically pop out of nowhere and be able to stream and play games. your gonna have some type of hardware to stream it from so that in itself is pretty dumb.

nintendojunkie281504d ago (Edited 1504d ago )

Actually nintendo just announced 'Magic Data U',which in fact,magically streams games out of the ether and into your living room.

Nah,but seriously,you are dead on.

-Alpha1504d ago

On top of that: usage based billing. That crap sucks

Tachyon_Nova1504d ago

What is this magical stream you talk of, do you not know about smart, internet connected TV's? Or even smartphone and tablets acting as hubs...

LAZL0-Panaflex1504d ago (Edited 1504d ago )

no they will shrink the files. they won't be 10 gigs they'll be half a gig no more than a gig.

google it....asus gaming tablet. its already happening. not the streaming,.. the tablets REPLACING the console. some are saying within a year. You gotta admit they been taking their sweet ass time with xbox 720 and ps4 and i don't think it is just the economy.

smart glass, vita/ console connectivity, wiiu controller,..the transition is happening. how long will these guys be ABLE to charge $400 for a piece of high voltage plastic that JUST plays game when they can get a console with a SCREEN that does other things...that also runs at a lower voltage, doesn't overheat. They don't even have air vents for crying out loud, they got quadcore processor, hd pics and video, and on and on and on.

don't worry psn will live on maybe not in name but google,android and sony will be one and im sure they'll keep killzone, infamous, and the other marquis going. remember you can sync a ds3 controller to these android gaming tablets. I'm sure you'll be able to do it with ios and windows as well even though they'll be separate communities.

the only question who will nintendo go with they can't stand up to apple, android/google/sony, and windows/ms.

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slixshot1503d ago

Jaffe may have a fairly credible past in terms of the games he's made, but I'll take his prediction to such a large portion of the gaming industry lightly.

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Hufandpuf1504d ago (Edited 1504d ago )

No they won't. I wonder why he would think that?

Mastarace1504d ago

I can see something like this. Right now there are many services on these systems. He means that games won't be the main focus and it will just be one thing the machine does. This was Microsoft intention from the start and sony to a certain extent.

FarCryLover1821504d ago

Then me being a gamer will truthfully end.

archemides5181504d ago

the next console generation will be the last because the economics of it will reach a tipping point where they won't be able to recoup the expenses of making AAA games on a general level. There will be no need for more powerful hardware if they can't pay people enough to create the titles, and nobody is going to buy games for much higher than what they sell for now. At some point, the financial resources are going to limit the development work, if it hasn't already. Cloud is also useless in this regard because it's about selling enough games to warrant creating them at such a high level.

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