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Is the future of game consoles tablet-based?

At the Launch conference in Birmingham, two UK game industry stalwarts ponder the future of consoles, episodic content and short development cycles

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darthv722161d ago

dual purpose. Portability when you are on the go and then you dock it when you are at home and game on the tv.

We have seen that it works with current units like the psp/go so it seem almost guaranteed that it will be the norm at some point.

As far as tablets go...I can see them being a form of control input when not on the go but the units will have direct input themselves when you are.

Solidus187-SCMilk2160d ago (Edited 2160d ago )

thats not true.

because no matter ho powerful a tablet or handheld can be at the time, they can always stuff more power into a bigger box like a console or PC.

I know some people dont agree, but even the best Ipad or phone games are not even close to the technical level of the games on these 5/6 year old consoles.

It will be years before even the most current phone or tablet can run a game like assassins creed, skyrim, uncharted, gears, halo, killzone, COD etc. as well as the very old ps3 and 360.

brish2161d ago

Q. Is the future of game consoles tablet-based?
A. No, a tablet isn't a console.

The future of gaming might be tablets but the future of game consoles isn't going to be a tablet anymore then a game console is going to be the future of tablets. They are different types of devices.

fluffydelusions2161d ago

I don't know but Android recently got full on USB controller support so that is interesting. Plus the quad core nvidia tegra 3 devices start coming out next month. I'm definitely picking up the transformer prime.

Wintersun6162161d ago

It still lacks the games that come even close to the games on Vita and 3DS. And who wants to carry a controller around for playing on the go? Vita and 3DS are a lot better for mobility (1 device vs 2) and also have superior software support. For a dedicated gamer the Vita or 3DS are still better choices. A lot of the same things apply when thinking about tablets vs home consoles.

Shortly put, some casual gamers will most probably move on to smartphone or tablet gaming. But hardcore gamers are going to prefer a Vita/3DS or home console or any combination of these for a long time, because they are machines dedicated to gaming and will do pretty much everything gaming related better than a tablet or smartphone.

decrypt2161d ago

Developers will jumpt on board wait and watch.

I predict Androids in the future will give consoles a very tough time for the money. Personally i would like handheld devices which support bluetooth controllers and come with built in HDMI. DEVs will surely release their games on it.

Further more as a PC gamer i see this as a good thing. Consoles tend to be stagnant for a long period of time while handheld devices increase in power ever year, which is good for progresss. I would like to personally see handheld gaming take off this way.

Also it is currently possible to run Android in a virtual environment on a PC. Imagine being able to run those same game on PC via emulation or virtual environments. Its cool for those of us that dont want to own a console yet want some of those console exclusives.

Wintersun6162161d ago

@decrypt

"I predict Androids in the future will give consoles a very tough time for the money. Personally i would like handheld devices which support bluetooth controllers and come with built in HDMI. DEVs will surely release their games on it. "

That sounds fine and dandy all right, but how about performance? Despite all these uninformed articles touting games on phones and tablets "looking as good as console games", they're actually nowhere near yet and I don't see tablets catching up anytime soon, because they need a whole lot better hardware to give you the same experience compared to a dedicated gaming console.

And that leads us to a multitude of new problems. Problems such as heat, battery time, packing all that hardware to a device that is a lot smaller than a console while still retaining a comparable performance to dedicated consoles.

I'd like to see such device too, but that kind of device isn't realistic for a whole number of years yet.

"Further more as a PC gamer i see this as a good thing. Consoles tend to be stagnant for a long period of time while handheld devices increase in power ever year, which is good for progresss. I would like to personally see handheld gaming take off this way. "

That sounds nice too, until you consider the price. The top tier phones cost almost twice as much as a console now. And the consoles destroy phones and tablets when it comes to games. Would you be willing to buy a new 600$ device every year to keep up with mobile gaming?

Also one of the reasons consoles are so popular is because you can buy one for relatively cheap and play on that for years and you won't need to buy a new CPU, GPU, more RAM etc. And you can't even compare handheld devices to PCs like apples and apples in this case, because you can't buy a new part to make your phone or tablet more powerful, you need to buy a new device altogether. That's way too expensive to do on a yearly basis for hardcore gaming to transition to handheld devices completely.

"Also it is currently possible to run Android in a virtual environment on a PC. Imagine being able to run those same game on PC via emulation or virtual environments. Its cool for those of us that dont want to own a console yet want some of those console exclusives."

Emulators are always behind compared to the real thing. Eventually they can do things better and look better, but they take years to catch up on the real device they're emulating. Also emulators have been around for a long long time now for many different platforms so I don't see how this is a benefit to Android specifically, because eventually we'll be emulating PS3 and Xbox 360 games too.

I'm not saying I wouldn't want such a super device to do it all for me, but some of you really need to open your eyes and see that those devices are not going to be here anytime soon due to numerous practical reasons. Reasons so big that they won't be conquered anytime soon. When we're talking about hardcore gaming experiences, consoles, handheld gaming devices and PCs will be far superior to smartphones and tablets for many years to come.

Tanir2161d ago

it better not me, because thats when i will stop being a gamer, how the F*** do you play a ninja gaiden style game or a fighting game on a tablet? freakin tards that write these articles >_>

farhad2k82160d ago

Hell NO!!
Buttons FTW!!
Touchscreen can never be the primary input of a 'games console'..
I hate playing games on touch screen, I never take them seriously.

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MultiConsoleGamer2161d ago

Behold my friends. I have seen the horrible future and its got the Apple logo all over it.

miyamoto2161d ago (Edited 2161d ago )

but in the sense that
1) they will have built-in-screen/touch screen if you may and
2) they are portable multi-purpose use digital devices
3) with optimal CONNECTIVITY to the internet & other digital lifestyle devices.

This was the goal of the original PlayStation! Remember that PSOne with built-in Screen and speakers?

The PSP in principle tried to be like this kind of device but was not supported by the right technology at the time.

Some say that the Apple's iPod design was inspired by the PSP and iTunes was inspired by the PS2's vast library of content. But Sony at that time was a disunited mess of inside corporation rivalry.

Sony is telling us that the PSVita is gaming's answer to the challenges of the future. Its a convergence device of a home console, game controller, pc, tablet and smartphone all in one with the right dimensions and price point.

1) The hardware is ready to take on the physical requirements of gaming - portability, the AMOLED screen, the controls, connectivity, (except the TV Out)..

but
2) the software content
3) the social relevance
4) the platform's ecosystem - "FREE" is the magic word
5) time element
are still up in the air.

For now the "phone communication functionality" is becoming more irrelevant since the PS Vita has all these other means of communication: Party Chat, Skype, Facebook between PS Vita and other digital devices like smartphones, tablets, PC, laptops or the PS3.

About the TV Out, there are these connectivity options like Media Servers, Bluetooth, MHL (Mobile High Definition Link)and Wireless HDMI.

In the future it will be all about the Operating System running on the devices.

Its good that the PS Vita will be compatible to all the major OS around Linux, Android, iOS, Windows etc. So we can expect lots of games, apps, & content from other platforms making its way to the PS Vita.

Its promising but no conclusions can still be made.

Micro_Sony2161d ago (Edited 2161d ago )

Dam dude you need to give Sony some breathing room.

Edit: @ below that's so true. According to them Sony is the true creators of everything technology and every one else is a copy cat.

I love my Sony products just like the other guy but the amount praising that goes on N4G is ridiculous.

Titanz2161d ago

The company is g*d to them.

miyamoto2160d ago (Edited 2160d ago )

Do you guys have this?

Dude you will never understand what this company had to go through against the West this time- that is the most ridiculous ridiculing ridicule one has ever seen.

So to be fair, you have to give a guiding light to a gamer who come here looking for information, facts and the truth the best current technology has to offer.

Anyway the Wii U has a tablet controller so Nintendo has gone that route already.

CrimsonEngage2161d ago

Nope. That will be the day gaming dies.

BuffMordecai2161d ago

I don't know why anyone would disagree. Seriously, would anyone want to play a fighting game, platformer, or shooter on a tablet? I would probably throw it down in frustration from the lack of precise controls.

Yodagamer2161d ago

tablets? no, controllers with touch screens, but still on a big screen? more then likely, touch is very efficient and helpful to a gaming experience if used right (ex. gta chinatown wars, great use of the touch screen)

fluffydelusions2161d ago (Edited 2161d ago )

Android just got official USB controller support with the latest version (IC) but there were hacks for quite a while to use things like DS3 controller on it as well. The main issue as I see it with gaming on such devices is there are no proper full length games like on console...at least not yet. It will be interesting when Windows 8 releases which will have XBL and of course will run on tablets.

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