Playstation 4 Xbox 720 concept

We’ve yet to hear official confirmation from Sony and Microsoft about the Playstation 4 and the Xbox 720 but there are industry insiders already saying that the the console-gaming era is coming to a close and these could be the last we’ll see.

Playstation 4 Xbox 720 concept

Phil Eisler, general manager of GeForce Grid Cloud Gaming at Nvidia, recently spoke with VentureBeat and he reveals his opinions about upcoming consoles, like the Xbox 720 and the Playstation 4:

“The thing about the consoles … they say this is the last console, and I am certainly a believer in that. The last one is almost 10 years old now in terms of the technology.

Eisler believes that cloud gaming is the way of the future. Skeptics will be quick to point out, however, that while cloud gaming has been steadily increasing in popularity, there are inherent issues with the system that could prevent it from completely taking off. Two that immediately come to mind are bandwidth consumption and latency. Eisler acknowledges both but believes that they’re on the way to solving them:

“The good thing about cloud gaming is it’s going to get better every year. One of the reasons we’re investing in it is we see that there are some issues today, but they’re all solvable, and they’re all moving in the right direction. Bandwidth is going up. The cost of server rooms is going down. We’re bringing latency down. The experience will just get better and better every year, to the point where I think it will become the predominant way that people play games.”

There’s a very good chance that cloud gaming will play a prominent role in the future of gaming but personally, I doubt that people will completely prefer it over physical consoles such as the Xbox 720 and the Playstation 4. What’s more likely to happen is that these two mediums will somehow combine or maybe complement each other. Sony looks like they already have plans of doing that with their purchase of Gaikai, a popular cloud gaming service provider, and Microsoft can easily leverage the infrastructure that they’ve built with Xbox Live to make sure that the Xbox 720 doesn’t fall behind.

Do you think console gaming is going the way of the dodo? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

 

5 COMMENTS
  1. I really do believe that if you can make money off of something they will still be around. And as long as people want them they will continue to be made. I think this because of the price of PC gaming, its just not in most price rages that the average casual gamer would be able to pay, just to play a handful of games. And PCs are very difficult for a person like me to maintain. I just like the accessibility of a console, the idea of a pick up and play experience that it offers unlike a PC.
    Weather cloud gaming has anything to do with PCs i dont know, but all the advances in technology has been on the PCs side for a long time, i think its time for the console to take the power back

  2. I’ll believe it when I see it. I hate the thought of streaming gaming. Too much latency to go to a server and back. Its phisically impossible to decrease latency to a point to match todays disc based/downloaded games. I guess im not a revolutionary in gaming. I also hate phone gaming and how every game is becoming F2P (pay to win). There still isnt a console, not even built gaming PCs yet, that can handle the ideas I have for games. We shall see where the industry goes, but this is looking to become the dark ages in gaming.

  3. I think it is pretty premature to say that consoles are becoming extinct. In my opinion, with the way broadband internet providers are currently seeking data limitations, everything from streaming movies to video games is going to become more expensive to use with the focus on the cloud. In my opinion, by restricting data usage, people are going to be driven to pay for physical media to use large quantities of data (i.e. buying movies or video games on DVD or Bluray) because it will be cheaper than downloading over the internet.

    Also, @ccf04689b984460a8991739772819513:disqus has a viewpoint i agree with wholeheartedly. Just because I am a computer gamer and laptops are becoming increasingly better at supporting graphically intensive games does not mean more people will start using laptops as their primary gaming rig. The power of a console comes into play in that I don’t have to constantly upgrade my components to keep current with the latest games, as the article states, its been almost 10 years since the last update cycle. Imagine a 10 year old computer running any modern game.
    While cloud gaming is a clear option in the future, it also has very serious limitations when net neutrality and restricted data access come into view.

    From my perspective, a quality, consistent gaming experience is still trump.

    The Plug-n-play ease of a console and consistent (quality) gaming experience will prevail in the market for the short term, and I wager for 1 or 2 additional generations.

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