Game Consoles Are 'Fundamentally Doomed' says Garriott

Consoles are massive investments for companies like Sony and Microsoft, and already we're seeing longer console cycles than we ever have before, in part because companies need to recoup costs. Additionally, consoles are facing increasing pressure from other platforms, like smartphones, tablets and browser or social gaming on the PC. Can the dedicated console really survive? Richard Garriott says no.

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donniebaseball2982d ago

Platforms won't matter in the future, so in that sense, consoles will be dead. Everything will be online and how you access those games is irrelevant. That's my 2 cents.

fluffydelusions2982d ago

Pretty much but that won't be for a long while.

Aery2982d ago

Garriott was my hero. Really. Then he stopped to be the guy I know.

About smartphones and tablets let be honest, using you fingers is not the same thing when you have in you hand a controller.
So, unless you start to walking around the city with you incredible powerful kickass smartphone and a controller in you bag, I think the console gaming will happily survive.

Your couch and your pad are really hard to replace.

Streaming gaming ? I'm pretty sure is not the future, just another "thing" on the market.

gamingdroid2982d ago (Edited 2982d ago )

It might, but that means the online infrastructure would significantly increase to the point where there is minimal barrier to the experience.

We are there with streaming pre-rendered HD video and of course music, but as it stands gaming isn't there yet and even more so, online gaming isn't there yet.

Although I believe there is far more potential growth for casual gamers right now, in the long term hard core gamers will overtake casuals. You only have so many grandmas that didn't grow up playing games. So the type of games delivered on consoles isn't something you can match on a portable device unless it's the PS Vita or 3DS and even then it's not the same experience, but it might suffice.

I would be more concerned about the portable handheld market as people view "phone games" as sufficient while the console market delivers that full on experience.

So with that, I believe consoles will be here to stay and it might just replace your PC.

saladthieves2982d ago

Ah more "Consoles are doooomed cause iphones and ipads are awsomezz" stupid articles.

N4g_null2981d ago

If he was a platform holder yes consoles would be dead. The reason why pc gaming was dieing is because there is not direct investment in the platform. This is also the possible faith of the ipad, cell phones, they all have no exclusive content worth buying the platform for. Soon porting your games over to other phones after purchase will become an issue like how it is with the current handhelds.

Its true if your looking for a quick buck yeah you should go for cell phone gaming. Done right it could be great. One problem is the cell phone sdks do not play well with consoles and PC, Ms is looking to fix this..

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MultiConsoleGamer2982d ago (Edited 2982d ago )

edit: nevermind.

BitbyDeath2982d ago

I bet they survive longer than him.

donniebaseball2982d ago

lol, well he was born in 61 so that makes him 50 - assuming an average lifespan of like 80, that's another 30 years, and I don't see consoles around for 30 more years.

BitbyDeath2982d ago

Why not?
Unless there is some sort of apocalypse between now and then (personally if we do get one i'd rather it be a zombie outbreak) i think they will be.

QuantumWake2982d ago

Forgive me for going off-topic here....... But zombie outbreak?! Are you insane?! LOL! D:

BitbyDeath2982d ago

Lol, it's something we can fight back against rather than having the sun blow up, meteorite hit us or some incurable plague.

Just make sure you follow the rules and always remember to double tap ;-)

vortis2982d ago


and I to agree that the apocalypse better include zombies or I'm gonna be pissed.

VampiricDragon2982d ago (Edited 2982d ago )

"The Ultima creator, currently running social gaming firm Portalarium"

Oh so he should be ignored? He cant use numbers to back him up, or sales.

So he just throws out statements.

Ddouble2982d ago

Some people are just clueless.

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