Electronic Arts, like Sony and Microsoft, seem perfectly content to ride out the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 for as long as possible, downplaying the need for a next generation of consoles any time soon. Why would you even need one, wonders EA's Frank Gibeau?
Gibeau tells CVG that "It's hard for me to conceive what you would do on a PlayStation 4. The displays are already 1080p, you're already connected to the internet... You could make it faster, you could have more polys and you could up the graphics a little bit... but at what cost?"
Certainly at great cost to publishers like EA and the people who make video game console hardware, as well as to consumers. Gibeau argues that "customers are happy," just like EA, with their current hardware, now five or more years old.
"The way the business used to run where you had these big console transitions just isn't happening anymore," Gibeau says, in part thanks to internet-connected consoles.
So, Frank and EA may sound tapped out on next-gen hardware ideas, but maybe you have some brighter ones about what the next PlayStation and Xbox should be capable of doing? Your R&D is welcome in the comments, folks.