For years, many individuals have presaged the death of consoles and the emergence of new gaming alternatives. While that has not happened so far, there are those who believe it is a matter of time before it happens. One of them is Yves Guillemot, CEO of Ubisoft, who recently said he thinks the next generation of consoles will be the last.
“I think we will see another generation, but there is a good chance that step-by-step we will see less and less hardware. With time, I think streaming will become more accessible to many players and make it not necessary to have big hardware at home,” said Guillemot of Ubisoft in a conversation with Variety. “There will be one more console generation and then after that, we will be streaming, all of us.”
Further on, Guillemot pointed out that the ability to stream AAA games has been one of the innovations with the greatest impact in the industry. In fact, he believes that it will be something that will help it grow much faster, although he recognizes that there is still work to be done to make it the standard.
“It is going to help the AAA game industry grow much faster. We have to work on the accessibility of those games, to make sure they can be played on any device, but the fact that we will be able to stream those games on mobile phones and television screens without a console is going to change a lot of the industry,” he said.
In recent years, services such as PlayStation Now and GeForce Now have emerged, which show that a future like the one imagined by Guillemot is possible. That said, the reality is that the Internet speed needed to enjoy them comfortably is not available in many parts of the world. So, it is clear that there are still several obstacles to overcome before the streaming of video games is a reality for everyone.
And what about you, do you think the consoles will disappear at some point? Do you like a future where all video games are available through streaming? Tell us in the comments below.