The co-founder and CEO of Ubisoft believes that there will be only one more console generation. After that, we will all be streaming console-quality games on any device, he said in an interview with Variety. Sony and Microsoft are already preparing for the change.
”One more console generation”
The next generation of game consoles from Sony and Microsoft is expected to arrive within 2-3 years. That will be the last console generation, if you ask the co-founder of Ubisoft.
- “There will be one more console generation and then after that, we will be streaming, all of us,” Ubisoft co-founder and CEO, Yves Guillemot, told Variety.
He added that AAA games should be able to find a much bigger audience once the industry transitions away from dedicated consumer hardware. That would allow users to stream the best games to an internet-connected TV or a mobile device just by installing an app.
- “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.”
Ubisoft is the fourth largest game company after Activision Blizzard, Electronic Arts, and Take-Two Interactive.
Sony & Microsoft are preparing
Sony already offers a cloud gaming service in the form of PlayStation Now. It is based on technology from Gaikai that Sony acquired in 2012. However, it has an uneventful library of games and is available only in select few regions.
At E3 this weekend, Microsoft confirmed that it is developing a “game streaming service to unlock console-quality gaming on any device”. The company further said that it is hard at work on creating next-generation console hardware.
Nvidia offers the Geforce Now cloud streaming service and Valve recently brought its Steam Link app that is currently limited to home networks to Android devices. Electronic Arts, the studio behind FIFA and Battlefield, is also working on a cloud gaming service, the company has confirmed.