Garriott: “Consoles’ days are numbered”

The console business – including Steam Box – isn’t sustainable in its current form according to Richard Garriott.

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TheLyonKing1770d ago

Its obvious they are numbered the idea of console as we have known them wont be around but I will be damned if I have kids they wont be sat down and shown how gaming was like back in my days.

T9001770d ago (Edited 1770d ago )

Well people like it or not, the last consoles were the PS2, Xbox and the Wii.

PS3 and Xbox 360 were a bit PC like. However with PS4 and Xbox 720 its completely PC architecture. So yes the next consoles are essentially locked down PCs just branded by Sony and MS.

Not that this is a bad thing in anyway.

schlanz1770d ago

Consoles aren't defined by their architecture. They are simply machines designed to play games (primarily anyway) on a TV.

yess1770d ago (Edited 1770d ago )

Edit: Beaten by above^^

A PC is much more than a piece of electronic for gaming.

A consol is purely for gaming and media.

Just because the architecture of a consol is more PC like dosn't mean it's a PC at all.

Irishguy951770d ago (Edited 1770d ago )

PC's have much more features

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DragonKnight1770d ago

"“Tablets are becoming so powerful, your television is already connected to the internet and frankly it’s powerful. And there’s a cloud of computing behind there that’s easily accessed, so I’m going, ‘Why in the long run do we need a console? All you really need is a controller’. It’s going to be interesting to see how consoles evolve in the next few iterations to see if they can find some new compelling reason to exist. Because, at least from my perspective, I think their days might be numbered.”

Another pro-tablet "everyone has the same internet connection" individual. Nothing new to see here folks. It's just the same bull that's been proven wrong for years now.

And of course a developer is going to love something like Steam, where you have an a** hard time getting refunds and where you don't own your game. Seriously, we've heard all this stuff before, and yet people are still buying consoles in large numbers, the pre-orders wait lists for PS4 are huge, actual evidence proves these sentiments that mobile gaming isn't destroying the console market.

Really, these developers and publishers and analysts just need to stop. People like physical copies, people like consoles, the network infrastructure doesn't exist to completely switch to digital distribution and cloud gaming only, and tablets have terrible controls and lacklustre experiences when compared to dedicated handhelds and consoles. Just stop already.

MysticStrummer1770d ago

"Well people like it or not, the last consoles were the PS2, Xbox and the Wii."

Like it or not, you're wrong.

PSVita1770d ago

I just bought a new graphics card and more ram for for my ps3....oh wait no I didn't because its a console!

SnotyTheRocket1770d ago

Yeah, a PS3 is about as far from a PC (for a console) as you can get. *cough* the Cell *cough*

Corax1770d ago

The days are numbered but yet I plan on buying the PS4 when it does drop...why can't we look at gaming at its core instead of stupidly dividing gaming as a console or PC? People have preferences, do they not? It's stupid to say console days are numbered.

shoddy1770d ago

Fuck that I ain't playing games with only touch screen.

Who every say console is deadis not a hardcore gamer.

BitbyDeath1770d ago

Everything is numbered, even when you're born you are numbered.

Consoles/PC/life as we know it are all numbered.

Utalkin2me1770d ago


Yeah you added more ram and memory to your PC to play "Uncharted, GT, Gow" oh no wait it's a PC.

mechlord1770d ago

T900, i think you need a date with the dictionary.

nukeitall1770d ago

I see a lot of fanboyism here. I love my console and what it offers over a regular computer when it comes to gaming, but I do see a lot more competition.

The days of super high priced hardware subsidized by the manufacturer is probably on it's last generation. Why?

Because the hardware almost no longer drive the experience, but the software now. We will soon come to point where there is very little limitation in hardware that prevents developers in creating an experience, and something that better hardware doesn't necessarily bring anything worthy.

What do I mean by that? Well, do you care if your game runs at 1080p or some higher resolution?

Most likely not, because the cost is tremendous, yet the gain is negligible. That is happening with PCs already. A PC from 5-years ago can run almost anything today for the general public. They no longer care to upgrade, so the only way is to make it a fashion statement like Apple does.

So yes, I think "game" consoles are numbered even though I love gaming on them and hope not.

andibandit1770d ago

Consoles days are numbered, but not in a doomsday like way. As long as there is a need for games there will be some sort of device to take care of it.

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GuyThatPlaysGames1770d ago

Garriott's days are numbered!

CoolBeansRus1769d ago

lol. The only thing i think is going to die is the handheld market due to phones. I dont see consoles dieing any time soon.

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Ghost_of_Tsushima1770d ago

One guys opinion don't matter so move along. Their days are numbered my ass all I've heard is good news for next gen consoles. GameStop already having 600k on first to know list already and ShopTo having unprecedented demand the most in their 7 year history. Wait until June when the Price, Actual console revealed, games, release date,and new features are shown. The the demand will skyrocket.

mcstorm1770d ago

TBH the PS2, Xbox and gamecube were the last of the home consoles as we all grew up with as they were all about games.

The WiiU, PS4 and Next Xbox as well as the Wii, PS3 and 360 are not just a console they have becomes a kind of one stop easy to use computer as they offer a lot of services that a PC dose as well as media boxes ect. We are seeing a new gen of Multi media boxes that have games consoles in them that are linked to various services Like Music, TV, Web browsing, Email and more.

But one things they are pushed and sold on is there games and I think this will always be there number one feature.

Rainstorm811770d ago (Edited 1770d ago )

My phone and ipad does all of the above things as well.......Are they PCs too?

"But one things they are pushed and sold on is there games and I think this will always be there number one feature."

Hence them being called..............Game Consoles.....<_<

mcstorm1770d ago

Well yes your IPad and phone are still a type of computer and a pc stands for personal computer and the Ipad and Iphone are personal computers running a mobile OS. A computer is not just set is stone to be sat on a desk.

Rainstorm811770d ago

By that reasoning every console is a PC the original NES, was called Nintendo Family Computer or Famicom in Japan.

But NO ONE was attempting to call them PCs then,.....yes every console is in a sense a computer that runs processes....but to call them PCs because they added extra functionality s ridiculous......

AS you said yourself" games will always be their no. 1 feature".....thus being Game consoles...

Baka-akaB1770d ago

"TBH the PS2, Xbox and gamecube were the last of the home consoles as we all grew up with as they were all about games. "

I dont know why people claim that . Like it or not , a few consoles before them were media hubs even if not popular ones . It didnt make them any less of a console .

And some of the early consoles were basically pcs in architecture

mcstorm1770d ago

@Baka-akaB I agree with you an I own one of them still in my Amiga32 but they are a little ahead of there time imo.

The way I see it games consoles have now become more than just about games. I don't think this is a bad thing as it now means we can have less devices under our TV which is always a big +.

@Rainstorm81 sorry what I meant was console are becoming more and more like PC's but then again PC's play games to so they are becoming more and more like each other.

I don't see home consoles going anywhere soon just like handheld devices but what has changes is they now offer us more than just gaming.

MysticStrummer1770d ago

"TBH the PS2, Xbox and gamecube were the last of the home consoles as we all grew up with as they were all about games."

PS2 played DVDs. PS1 played CDs. Your definition of "console" is stuck in the past.

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LAWSON721770d ago

Stop throwing that gamestop preorder list around. Do you realize me and many others put themselves up for the alert just to be informed. I have no plans of purchasing a ps4 at launch but i am signed up. Many will probably switch the bandwagon back around to xbox when it gets announced.

Y_51501770d ago

by over 11 million days...

LarVanian1770d ago

Let's enjoy the next 30,000 years then! :D

Chuk51770d ago

I was listening to dtoid's podcast and they were right about one thing. People in the industry are too damn hungry for blood in regards to destroying markets within gaming.

portal_21770d ago

The real question is in favour of what? Tablets? Smartphones? I just don't see it. For me and many others I'm sure, I require a traditional control method, not tilt, shake and tap.

MysticStrummer1770d ago (Edited 1770d ago )

Consoles as we know them will be around until high speed internet is common across most of the world market. Then all digital and cloud gaming will take over, but there will still most likely be a box that people will call a console. Eventually, TVs will be like big iMacs so no box will be needed anymore. That's when consoles will really die, but there will still be controllers.