Electronic Arts Exec Peter Moore recently stated in an interview with The Daily Orange that the end of the console era may be closer than we think. With the popularity of streaming continuing to climb in the gaming community, the necessity for consoles will continue their decline.
“I’m not sure there will be consoles, as we know them anymore. Games will be accessed by streaming technology, so we don’t need hardware intermediaries in between the two. If you and I want to play Battlefield 12 against each other, we’ll just jump into a game via whatever monitor we happen to have in our homes. It’ll be on a chip, rather than in a box.”
According to the interview, Moore stated that the “Xbox One and Playstation 4 are well set up to advance as technology does, so we may never see another console produced by Microsoft or Sony ever again.” That is a pretty bold statement but it is not a new theory about where the evolution of gaming will head as the technology of not only gaming, but streaming, continues to take giant leaps and bounds towards innovation.
Back in 2013, Tekken head Katsuhiro Harada weighed in on a similar prediction:
“I think in the future, it will be a contest of services instead of hardware. When there’s the [Playstation 5], it will probably be just a controller and a monitor. Then, the thing that will be left is the name of the service.”
From the interview, it is fairly obvious by his flippant remark concerning “Battlefield 12” that this is something he is envisioning happening in a more distant future, not necessarily in the next few years. This does pose a unique question to gamers. How will this change the dynamic that is so common in the gaming community with the perceived “console wars”? The dividing line between console players and PC gamers continues to dwindle into a more indistinct separation, more evident now with Steam creating consoles and consoles adapting more to a PC gamer’s style.
History has favoured the more innovative when looking back at evolving services. Just look at the boom with movies and television streaming services such as Hulu and Netflix. So what do you guys think? Would you be comfortable if this was the direction that consoles took? Would you consider it a huge difference or simply the next natural step? Sound off in the comments below!