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Many who follow the videogames industry see a huge change coming in the future for how we game. One of those people is God of War creator David Jaffe, who predicts that the next round of gaming consoles will also be the last round.

It isn’t that Jaffe thinks videogames are going away—quite the contrary. Instead, his belief is that pieces of hardware dedicated to specifically playing games are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Jaffe tells about his lack of excitement for what he saw of the Wii U, and how he sees devices like the iPhone and iPad snatching up the market of casual gamers that were once enamored with the original Wii.

To Jaffe, the threat isn’t just to the Wii U however—it’s to all dedicated consoles. Here’s a piece of what he had to say to GamesIndustry:

“Look, consoles are going away. I think in 10 years – probably sooner, but 10 years is always the safe thing to say so you don’t sound like an idiot – but here’s what I’ll say: I’ll go on the record and say that the next generation of hardware will be the last consoles. And they should be.

“It doesn’t mean you won’t buy a piece of hardware from Sony, but you’ll probably buy a television that streams the stuff. And you’ll still have Sony, loud and proud and strong making these great, big, epic games like God of War and Uncharted, and they’ll be making great little games like Sound Shapes, but they’ll become more like movie studios for video games. I’ll be able to stream in the next Uncharted and Plants vs Zombies and you won’t even think about it. It’ll just be like I can watch a public access show on my TV or I can watch Avatar.”

As somebody who has owned game consoles since my parents bought me an Atari 2600 as a young child, it’s hard to think of a world where dedicated gaming hardware doesn’t exit. And yet, the idea of a $299 machine purchased solely for playing games in indeed seeming more and more peculiar.

I still don’t have faith in streaming services replacing my home consoles—at least, not as of today. Still, I’m certain that day is coming, because it just makes too much sense to the industry not to. Think about all that companies would gain from streaming videogames: Lack of piracy, lack of need for physical copies, lack of need for a dedicated box of hardware next to the TV, lack of need to develop games for differently-specced gaming systems, and potential customers that could be anyone anywhere.

Videogames will one day be like watching TV: Turn on your television, pick up a controller, and launch games as easily as you switch to a television channel.

For GamesIndustry’s full conversation with David Jaffe, hit the link below.

So, what do you think—will streaming services be viable soon enough that the next generation of consoles will be the last? Or are we still too far out for such an idea to work?



About Eric Patterson

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Eric got his start via self-publishing game-related fanzines in junior high, and now has one goal in life: making sure EGM has as much coverage of niche Japanese games as he can convince them to fit in. Eric’s also active in the gaming community on a personal level, being an outspoken voice on topics such as equality in gaming and consumer rights.