Update: Playstation 4 Release Date Count Down
Lately the internet has been abuzz with mentions of the Playstation 4, but this last week or so has struck a peculiar note on several sites all over the internet. We too have reported on this rumor, or inevitability… That at some point consoles would no longer be needed… and the Playstation 4 release could very well be the last console that is necessary. The possibility that we would not need gaming consoles to play the highest quality games possible seems a bit strange… but its possible.
With the introduction of cloud computing, online access (often high speed access) digital methods and open platforms… it is not only possible it is certainly the future. Console-less gaming.
Fredrik Wester, CEO of Swedish developer Paradox Interactive, goes one step further stating that he does not believe there will ever be a Playstation 5. “The next generation of console hardware will probably be the last,” he said during the company’s annual showcase. “I’d be surprised if we see another generation after that”.
Chief product officer, Nanea Reeves, for Gaikai a cloud gaming service has predicted that the biggest surprise for this year’s E3 would be a current platform holder (Microsoft, Sony, or Nintendo) completely pulling out of the console battle all together, and to no longer be creating any hardware.
This may seem a bit alarming, but we don’t think it it. The idea of bringing gamers high quality games through online access would/could be amazing. The idea of being able to access Playstation 5 games without ever purchasing the console would save consumes hundreds of dollars that can be spent on more games.
The predictions may be a bit early, calling an end to the console world… but they are also inevitable. At some point we will be able to access the majority of our gaming needs through our TV, using resources that are housed in some warehouse… cloud computing and all access online.
With this change in the gaming industry my prediction is that the following change will include many more pay as you go, or “freemium” types of game monetizing. Imagine the android market, but for “Playstation 5” games… with a much higher caliber of quality control.
Let us know what you think, will consoles ever go away?