We stream music. We stream movies. We stream TV shows. Why don't we stream games? What sort of possibilities does that present for the industry, and will it ever be an idea worth pursuing?
Every god dam generation we get this same stupid god dam article. No you can remove the tin foil hat, I will bet my entire existence on it not being the last console.
The author pretty much alludes to this as the global internet infrastructure is no where ready to accommodate streaming on a large scale. Gabe Newell gave the best reasoning's why cloud/streaming services aren't feasible at this time in his keynote address at the DICE expo 2013. Although it's a 35 minute presentation, he talks about it within the first 10 minutes.
As long as there is money to be made in the console space there will be console to sell.
Absolutely not! This questioned should be perhaps asked when PS6 or PS7 arrives
Maybe.... Where else can they go? Goggle gaming will be the next big thing
If the big 3 stop making consoles somebody else will take their place. You don't just leave a market barren, especially when there is high demand within said market. This is a stupid article.
ejectdisks mom is my last console
Did she laugh you out because she was expecting a nine-inch hard disk and got a three-and-a-half inch floppy?
Oh god I hope not, but we never know what could happen in the future..
Don't worry too much. "We stream music. We stream movies. We stream TV shows. Why don't we stream games? " Yet streaming music hasn't replaced cds and certainly not mp3s. Streaming movies haven't replaced Bluray or even dvds. Streaming TV shows have not replaced cable Tv or box sets. My above statements pretty much end any possible argument, at least for now. Not to mention that there are millions of people (like me) who stream data sometimes, but prefer owning physical copies to add to our collections, etc. Futurama, is a crazy place....
Where is the evidence to support this theory that consoles are dying? They are selling now more than they ever did before... its growing not shrinking
Most likely from the same people that keep shouting "3D will catch on this time its the future" before it bloody becomes deeply unpopular again.
Someone disagreed with you and me. Maybe they don't like consoles or the option to physically own any form of art. Pretty lame really. Especially since we both made perfect sense. It's like the people(blockheads) that were questioning the future of "handhelds" and now 3DS is on track to be the best selling handheld of all time.
Nothing in the article said anything about consoles dying. The opposite, really.
When Holodeck 5 is out in 2078 the people refusing to play anything but a PS4 will look rather silly.
I want my next console after the PS4 to be a Holodeck.
That streaming console didn't do too well, did it? Hmm..
didnt shuhei yoshida say the ps4 would have a 10 year life span so wouldnt that mean obviously they are gonna make another console.
You would think the 360 would be the last console w/ all the clowd powur floating around.
Yes from this point onward technology will surly stand still and not continue to make strides. Why would the world ever need another gaming console when we have so clearly hit the technological peak. Oh yeah I forgot. Only and idiot would think that.
The one great trump card that consoles have over the PC in my opinion is ease of use. As a PC gamer I'm constantly reminded of this with almost every PC game I play. I could be playing a PC game with no problems one day then all of a sudden game freezes and kicks me to my desktop. This is just one of many examples that I could give. Finding the cause of the issue can also be like searching for a needle in a haystack at times.
Well with PC you can find your own fix as there is likely an ini file tweak out there that resolves the problem. It is better than waiting endless months for MS or Sony to certify a patch to fix a problem.
I think it could be the last physical console you need to go buy. I can see in 2020 you just plugging in a phone or tablet into a TV and play that way.
If in 2020 the 50% of world population have 50Mb/s internet connections, then maybe. Plot twist: NO.
Why? Because the lack of internet power, look how long it took to get 1gbps. I think it be a very long time before we can stream games. Its more easy to stream old games for most people, but that isn't a big number to make it worth doing stream only.
Well what if x1 comes last? Then x1 is the last console!
4k TV says hello
I've never personally streamed a song, gigabytes at a time, but it is my personal mission to find the right single, so I can justify reading this article.
It will probably not be the last console depending on its sales. But consoles could be on the way out soon like all dedicated devices they have a time limit which is why they are trying to become media hubs.
umm no you are just a silly person.
The answer is common sense. WE just don't have the bandwidth to stream that much content. As for consoles going away.. maybe but i doubt it. At some point in the future consoles and the PC will fold together, especially as the demand for higher quality games is increased. then we will see the resurgence of the All-in-One system with a game console, cable box, and HTPC.
Consoles are not going anywhere... They will just evolve into something different then what it is today
These kinds of article's are actually really annoying to me... In my honest opinion, there is always always always going to be that couple million strong group of core gamers that want the simplicity of a console without the expense or complexity or versatility of a PC. To act like consoles are ever going to give way to touchscreen games, or casual games, or PC only games, is just really naive to say the least. I for one will be buying the ps4, ps5, ps6, all of them. And I know I'm not the only one here. You think Sony or Microsoft is ever going to ignore such a consistent audience?? Really??
Again, I don't think the article said anything about any of those things. In fact, it specifically talks about using consoles and PCs to run the same games. So when you say these kinds of articles annoy you, do you mean articles you have to read to understand, or...?
The last true game console was the PS2. Everything since that point has been evolving towards the concept of a multimedia device that also plays games.
"Gaming consoles" that just played games started in the late 1970's....
.. but the PS2 was also a cheap, reliable DVD/CD player, so there goes that argument. Hell, even the PS1 was also a CD player. A console is a device designed with the primary purpose of playing (proprietary) video games. Or does a phone stop being a phone because it can surf the internet?
Its not really a matter of internet killing it, its a matter of how long can sony afford to put money they dont have into a console that is losing billions. xbox isnt turning a profit either but microsoft is still very profitable, sony is in the hole.
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