In a recent interview, EA's Peter Moore suggests that due to the continued rise of streaming, your current-gen console may be among the last of its kind.
I think we are still a ways away from the end of consoles but there is no denying streaming & digital games are becoming more the norm. Time shall tell.
i think within 10 years it will make more sense financially for everyone involved to be streaming. The biggest reason is less manufacturing cost. People tend to ignore all the precious metals that go into making our phones/pc/consoles. There is just no way they can sustain a model where everyone has to have their own hardware and keep buying new ones every few years to keep up with tech, especially as more and more developing countries are able to afford said tech. Not looking forward to a time when we no longer own any of that stuff though since companies have proved time and time again though dont really have consumer interest on their minds. @bobafret yes but alot less of it if were just streaming compared to a full gaming rig
But we still need hardware on the other end, don't we?
Make that 5 years
I don't disagree that they're gaining popularity but that doesn't mean consoles will end, it merely means that streaming will become more of an option I do see them having tiers of platforms like having a $99 box that just streams but I don't see them replacing consoles. All that shows is that they're gaining popularity that doesn't actually mean that consoles themselves are no longer being... Before we say something will end due to something being popular we must answer why they cannot coexist and merely be an option. please stop making these stupid articles as this either or as that doesn't necessarily make any sense.
I'm the one that agreed
Ok what can consoles offer that a gaming PC does not offer. What features do consoles offer that neither Smart TV's, smartphones, or gaming PCs can't offer. What are the consoles exclusive gaming genres? The answer is nothing at all: Smartphones: Job apps like Uber E-books for both University/college and leisure PDF files compatible PC like browser Able to record and upload YouTube Videos........ PC console games Super Panda adventure Sine Mora Blue Flamingo Pretty much every Final Fantasy game YS franchise Recettear Computer Programmers, Game developers, and film sfx programmers use desktop PCs. If you can answer those questions, then yes consoles can continue. If not well they are done hardware wise and yes I can watch Netflix on my smart tv.
@s45gr32 They offer simplicity and identification for engagement. PC is a very broad use of word and to a very high percentage of people PC's are not identified with gaming. Consoles give that identity to a wider audience and as I said they also offer simplicity, come home, have tea, turn on your console, play the game. No compatibility issues, no one playing a better version, no one uses different controls. It's plug and play, you may not like it but that suits many life styles just like mine. PlayStation and Xbox are brands, PC is not, it's easier to promote and sell a brand.
@s45gr32- "Ok what can consoles offer that a gaming PC does not offer" Plug in play in seconds.... No trouble shooting issues No configuration issues. Not sure why you even rhetorically stated that as if they were the same LMFAO! As a console AND PC gamer, I can tell you if I had 1 choice, it would be console gaming for LIFE in a HEART BEAT! Mind you, I'm still planning a PC build for this gen, likely using the new GTX 1080. Sorry but both offer different things to consumers and I like knowing that I can pick up my console and play it in seconds without any trouble shooting what so ever. LOVE the power and options I get from PC, but they are not GOOD ENOUGH to overtake actually playing the game stable for long sessions. Not saying you can't do that on PC, but you have way more chances of running into issues then on console. "If not well they are done hardware wise" LMFAO! Sure bud, 40 million PS4s sold and 20 million XONE's sold say otherwise. Can you even name a major GPU that has moved more units then both starting this gen? PSN- ID EDMIX Steam ID- Edmix_the_shogun
2020 or 2022 PS Now replaces consoles 😁
Why? You've yet to actually state why they wouldn't have both? Can you even name a medium that has actually went 100% streaming or digital? I mean...sounds like you're just trolling for attention....
That EA exec is insane if he thinks the demand for a home console will ever go away.
No he is realistic. Console hardware is done and buried. A smartphone has more productive features than a console and offers rts games which consoles struggle to get. Gaming PCs are way too advanced hardware/software wise for consoles to continue.
Please show me a phone where I can get the experience of Uncharted 4? You can't. Your argument is mute. Yes, PCs are techinically better but not everyone....and a much bigger audience than the PC users, has the money to spend 1200+ bucks to get a high end PC to get the results you want when talking about PC gaming. The benifit of consoles and why they will never go away is that 1 they will ALWAYS be better than stupid phones (which don't even have buttons and every game plays like shit) and 2 they will always be affordable and an easy entry which doesn't require having to spend 3/400 bucks every other month to stay up to date. There is nothing wrong with PC gaming ( I don't have the greatest PC but it scrapes by for the games I want to play on PC) but you are insane if you think the demand for consoles is going away when PS4 is blowing away expectations. People say this every generation but as long as there is a strong demand (which there clearly is) then consoles are never going away.
I live in Berlin, a city with almost 4 million people and a high speed 150mbit internet connection, but even here it's shaky at times! If that means I won't be able to play my games in such a situation they can F themselves with their streaming services! Consoles won't go anywhere soon!
I don't think consoles will go anywhere period. Streaming, people still like owning something physical. Digital sales have risen, yes, but at the same time people still go into big box stores everyday to purchase games. I'm sorry, but fuck Peter Moore, this guy has been a douchebag since he worked for Microsoft. Also I think numbers speak for themselves regardless of what place Sony and Microsoft are in. Their still stomping their previous numbers. numbers don't lie.
PS Now says hi. Valve has proven time and again that digital distribution is profitable. Consoles are useless even smartphones are more productive than consoles
You're kind of a sad person on a crusade...just repeating this nonsense over and over won't make it come true. Real gamers game on and support all platforms.
@s45gr32. Umm...when in my comment did I say digital distribution isn't profitable? Hmm. Yeah no where. Good try though. You are right, Valve is profitable. HOWEVER! My point on the subject is though other mediums are successful, if consoles were to be so called dead soon, because we haven't heard that forever. Games sales alone whether it's digital or physical on CONSOLES wouldn't be on the rise.
Continued rise of streaming? Where, for movies? Yeah, because the film industry has always been the perfect indicator for what console manufacturers should do. Pretty much every gaming device that relies solely on streaming for users to access its library has failed miserably and I don't see that changing any time soon.
Whats sad is even that example of the film industry is still disregarding that we still have movies in theaters, we still have physical media, we still have multiple distribution methods of film regardless of the popularity of streaming. If we're going to use him as an example all it's saying is that it would become more popular but that doesn't necessarily mean every other method would just go away pretty positive we still have Blu-ray players to play Blu-ray and DVD. So as to how console would go only streaming is beyond me if you factor neither film nor music have gone permanently streaming.
Can't beat the theater experience. I get digital copies too along with blu-ray DVD sets. I kept the blu-ray,gave away the dvd copt
If consoles go this route anytime soon (by soon meaning within the next decade or more) then I might bite the bullet and go primarily PC and use the "consoles" for exclusives and that's it. It's already bad enough with how many things in gaming are reliant on a solid Internet connection.
Today's consoles need 24/7 internet connection. Offers the highest price in gaming, the only platform that charges pay to play online, no discounts for DLC, struggle to get backwards compatibility, and nickel and dime consumers to death.
Time to rock "idiot" tattooed on your arm!
To EA Exec, It is all depending on the customers' demand. Do you think companies would abandon the customers if there is a good puddle of $$$?
I think I'll merely exist as an option mediums gain more options they very rarely lose options. You guys could call me when Digital streaming has replaced movies and television because until that day actually comes I can't really say consoles will permanently be streaming devices as we have no other medium that we can even use as an example. You could watch a film in the theaters, you could watch on TV, you could watch latest films on Pay-per-view, you could stream, you could purchase physically on disc. Regardless of how much more popular one would be over another why would it ever benefit a company to limit options that make them money? If you see a large portion of comments on here regarding people's disapproval that's kind of a clue that most won't agree to this enough to state that it's probably never going to happen. I always love when people say how about in 10 to 20 years once again yet music and film have multiple distribution methods lol. Sure.
Consoles have become to PC like: System updates like PC check 24/7 internet connection like PC ✔ Patches/updates like PC check 86x architecture ✔ FPS/WRPGs like PC check Buggy, system errors, network crashes like PC check OS ✔ Multimedia apps like PC check Then like the 3DS (is a rumour thank god) upgradeable consoles😡 for $400.00 every two-three years I really don't see a PS5, but PS Now will end consoles for good 😁
"Consoles have become to PC like" Really? Strange I never trouble shoot my PS4 and I've yet to have some blue screen of death. lol Sure bud.
"Nvidia announces $600 1080" ... "Consoles are doomed!" ... "Mobile is the future." ... "Streaming will replace everything!" One of these statements is not like the others. 4k streaming from amazon and netflix is spotty for movies, and that is 24 fps ... powerful rigs still can't pump 4k 60 fps in all games. Also, doesn't streaming create a ton of input lag? Anything more than 20ms is unbearable to me.
2020 PC gaming will reign supreme, PS Now will be the next generation console.
If the industry goes full streaming/digital, I'm done. Won't matter how good some future games may be, I won't buy them.
I will go full retro at that point.
My backlog is big enough to keep me busy for 5 years at least. I will get to work on that!
EA and MS same chuchu train
Oh NOES! Just like in 1993 before the PlayStation/Saturn and N64 aka the 32-bit era began! CONSOLES ARE DYING GAIS! We're just 24 years later and 60 million currentgen consoles sold (70M if you count the Wii U as a part of Nintendo's this gen), but still consoles are dying! They will surely die after the PS6 and the Xbox 3 have hit the market. Translation of the article: "I READ & REPORT BETWEEN EXECUTIVES OF BIG PUBLISHERS' LINES BUT PLEASE CLICK MY LINK AS I NEED AD REVENUE" Next article coming up: PC Gaming is dying
Haha, you are so right. EA is delusional.
They're only now starting to hype VR as the next big thing. VR is incredibly latency sensitive, so the options would be to either abandon VR and go to a streaming platform or to continue having consoles.
But just because they are evolving from the old cartridge to disc to streaming and digital, doesn't mean they are not consoles. A console itself is a plug up to your tv device and load up a game and play. No matter how the game is put into the machine, via either cartridge, disc, streaming or digital, the fact that games are easy accessible will always make it a console and still very different to pc. Nintendo ,Sony and me no matter who brings these consoles out, they always sell by the millions and make billions every year. There is just way to much money in the industry for conses to just dissapear.. It's been floating around for years on end this console or pc death, it's rumour, it's just plain stupidity to even make an assumption like that.. But it will always be that plug and play that makes the machine a console where pc just isn't plug and play
The issue with streaming is that even in 10 years there will be numerous people without the Internet capabilities to do this. Plus how often does the playstation or xbox network suffer outages. So anytime there are network problems at home or with the services we will be unable to game. No thanks. Oh and What are the requirements to stream 4k quality 100+gb games that will be standard in the future. What about vr, is that not the future? Can vr games be steamed?
God not streaming, I tried the free week of ps now... Despite having met and exceeded the requirements for the service I was dropped tons of times and experienced tons of slow down. If that's the future of gaming either the services need to become light years better or cable companies world wide need to throw away their restrictions on gb. I personally have unlimited but this Def is not the case for everyone. Streaming a video game requires tons of data and can't happen if you have a gb plan.
Current Internet capabilities arent ready is it?
The day streaming gives an equal experience for everyone on this planet is decades away and corporations being what they are - in bed for a profit only, they are not going to cut off any other income streams that give profits such as disc based gaming in areas where internet access is poor or inadequate. To be honest, even in the UK in 2016 only a minority of gamers have the kind of internet access that could adequately cope with streaming and many of these gamers prefer disc based games because we all know what happens when the internet does not work or goes down for a couple of days. I also doubt whether Peter Moore would be saying the end of consoles is nigh if his favorite console makers, Microsoft were leading the current generation. Now that this generation Microsoft cannot even sell half of what the PS4 is selling daily and so the likes of Moore start spreading such bull.
I agree with Peter Moore, cloud gaming is the future of consoles. Sorry, but the console hardware is done and buried. The smartphones and gaming PCs are way too advanced both hardware and software wise for consoles to compete. Hell, Uber/Lyft are jobs created by phone apps eat it boys and girls. I am sorry, but if Sony wants PS Now to grow it needs to get rid of the hardware. Of course digital distribution is not going anywhere.
You feel salty that there us nothing on PC that can compete with something like TLOU or Uncharted 4, or R&C or... Neither gaming PC nor smartphones (rofl) do even compete on the same level. I love and game on all of them but for different reasons.
Agreed. With PC being open source, it doesn't even make business sense to make anything exclusive that CAN be made on console. No one owns the space, thus no one has any ode to make anything exclusive. Its way I'll forever own both PC and console.
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