Earlier, I discussed whether or not the PS5 and next Xbox would be the last physical consoles. I wound up concluding that physical consoles are inevitably going to go extinct in an increasingly cloud-centric environment. The big question remaining is just when this will happen. If we’re talking about consoles (or their future equivalents) 2025 onwards, cloud-based solutions are almost inevitable. But more interesting—and relevant here—is whether the ninth-gen platforms will themselves be cloud-based or augmented in some way with cloud-based resources and this question becomes even more relevant after a well known developer had this to say about the PS5 and the next Xbox. Whether or not this happens depends entirely on how fast telecom infrastructure can transform to accommodate a cloud-based future.