EA: Console 'Arms Race' Turns Cold

According to Electronic Arts' CEO, John Riccitiello, the console "arms race" is subsiding. He said in a conference call following EA's earnings report that the publisher sees no need for platform holders to make a full leap to a new generation of hardware in either the immediate or medium term.

Riccitiello noted that HD gaming, which can require a massive cash outlay for a monitor, has already been provided for.

"I think that arms race, while I can never say that it's done, the relevance of doing that faster and faster as it had been traditionally done in the late 80s and 90s, seems to have subsided, and so we are projecting relative to the core tech we developed for, for that to be a very extended cycle", Riccitiello said.

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Diselage3393d ago

Did everyone hear this? The console war is over EA said so!

ZuperAmazingCooKie3393d ago

He was talking about consoles to look forward to, not the current-generation. If anything, he's saying it's far from over.

user39158003393d ago

When he stated subsiding, he was referring to the advancement in technology, its not great enough to make an impact on the gaming division, Ie. the core engine which they use, it could be use with a next generation gaming platform. Therefore, irrelevant to the software technology and they will continue to earn profit due to hardly any changes for a new console. Oh and before I forget, I think he also meant to said that the PS3 sucks.

KionicWarlord2223393d ago


I think he might be talking about there division

dylantalon3393d ago


ps. the talon stands for talented

chrisnick3393d ago

dude...i don't think they care lmao...did you stealth edit?

poeo3393d ago

dude, you need a different approach.

for example, make constructive comments. your overflowing fanboyism and bubble begging is just a waste of everyone's time.

ThanatosDMC3393d ago

Ask pog for bubbles. He can give you 2-3 depending on how many accounts he chooses to log on to help you.

Anyway, back on topic. Oh wait, i got nothing.

LeShin3393d ago

Look at the times we're living in now. Economy is screwed with no quick end in sight. EA has just posted a $1 Billion loss of earnings recently and Microsoft and Sony both have had pretty hefty profit losses hence them laying off staff. Do you REALLY think they want to be in a rush to spend millions and millions of dollars on the R&D of a new console when they're both only recently started to see profits from their current consoles?

And if they decide to bring out a new piece of hardware which is significantly better than the current ones, what price will they charge for you to go and buy it? Look at the backlash that Sony got and is still getting because of the PS3's price. Do you really think Microsoft or Sony are going to launch a console soon which destroys both the PS3's and 360's capabilities for the price of a Wii??? lol not gonna happen.

Personally, I think the new consoles will be a slight upgrade like how the Nintendo DS and PSP do their revisions with small feature changes but with the same hardware to save money.

Pennywise3393d ago

You speak common sense. Rare around here. I feel the same way you do. This gen will go for another 5 years before we see anything worth upgrading to.

no-spin3393d ago (Edited 3393d ago )

Doubt it will be a small upgrade, i think Sony will make a leap with the PS4 similar to the leap from PS2 to PS3. As Sony planned the PS3 10 year life cycle is more than enough to keep gamers happy while developing the next juggernaut. Economy is bad, the PS3 and 360 price will keep lowering and in 2 years a 360 for $150 and a PS3 for $250 will just keep bringing more buyers at good prices and plenty of games. Just like the PS2 kept selling strong at $130 in its 9th year, this console have a life of their own.

On a side note i wish for MS to bring some live into the 360, is looking duller by day.

Edit 40 Cal

The PS3 can last 5 more years easily due to strong 1st party support. It will take a long time to see a major hardware leap, the economy is ugly and the current consoles once the price goes down will bring huge profits. Games quality remains to be seen, I see the PS3 getting better and better games, 360 will depend on MS support which right now is weak. I have the PS3 for the long run, so a PS4 will have to be a ridiculous upgrade to make me buy one in its first year.

40cal3393d ago (Edited 3393d ago )

Lets say this gen dose last another 5 years, I think that we will see a very noticeable gap in software quality buy the end of it.

Edit: No-Spin

Very true, I see it the same way. I was going to wait until we hear what Microsoft is talking about at E3 this year before I drew a solid conclusion.

40cal3393d ago

So who do we believe? Electronic Arts' CEO, John Riccitiello, OR Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter.

I'm all for longer console life cycles. I think that it gives game developers more time to squeeze all of the juice out of the systems, that leads to better developed software. I will use God of War 2 and GTA San Andreas as examples.

It also gives the developers and publishers more time to gain on there investments, not that I give a rats ass how many millions of dollars EA, Sony, Rockstar, ect.. makes, but larger budgets for the games we all spend $60.00 is a good thing.

Anyways, dose this mean that EA is not willing to make the investment into a new platform IF one where to come in the next few years?

ThanatosDMC3393d ago

Michael Pachter is a magician/ sorcerer/ geisha/... i believe him.

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