Ubisoft’s CEO doesn’t expect much more longevity out of traditional gaming consoles, believing they will soon be pushed out by streaming functionality.
During Ubisoft’s recent earnings presentation, Yves Guillemot predicted a limited number of cycles left for conventional consoles. “Now on the console side, we expect there will be new consoles that are going to make this market continue to grow and we feel it’s? We’ll still have another generation of consoles before we have new types of consoles coming to the market,” he said.
By “new types of consoles,” Guillemot is presumably referring to multipurpose hardware that can stream games to any applicable screen. Guillemot isn’t proposing this upcoming trend is right around the corner, as internet speeds need to improve across the general consumer base before the transition becomes viable.
“We believe in streaming?it demands a lot of bandwidth. We think it’s going to grow but today, with the types of games we have, it will still take a bit of time to be more popular.”
Guillemot is hardly alone in his belief among those who work in or follow the games industry. Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter last year predicted a slow death for the home console as we know it, while EA executive Peter Moore recently told The Daily Orange in an interview that gaming-compatible chips will simply be built into displays, similarly to the smart TVs of today.
“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,” Moore said.