Game consoles such are quite popular currently with scores of people currently the owners of machines offered by Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo. However, according to Ubisoft's CEO, this may not last long, with consoles heading towards their imminent extinction.
In an interview with Variety, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot stated that he believes that we might see one more generation of consoles before their inevitable demise. He went on to say that:
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.
According to the executive, this will accelerate development in the AAA game industry as companies will have to develop their titles according to the power offered by their external cloud servers and then just stream it to any device, making gaming more accessible to everyone.
Guillemot's statements do hold some weight, with many firms already leaning towards this method of providing entertainment to gamers. Nvidia's GeForce NOW technology is currently in beta, and it allows gamers to tap into the grunt of powerful GPUs through the cloud-based hardware streaming service. Valve recently launched its Steam Link app for Android devices, which gives gamers the ability to stream games to their phones, tablets, and TVs, free of charge.
Interestingly, Sony has also stated that the PlayStation 4 is nearing its end of life, but has stated that the PlayStation 5 is at least three years away. It will be interesting to see the accuracy of Guillemot's predictions in the future, given that many countries around the globe currently don't have access to fast internet for cloud-based streaming services.
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