David Jaffe: The Next Generation Of Consoles Will Be The Last Generation

With the Wii U coming out towards the end of this year, and increasing speculation with regards to what Sony and Microsoft will do next — people are finally starting to talk about the next generation of consoles, and what they'll mean for a rapidly evolving industry. David Jaffe, speaking to Games Industry Internation, believes that, no matter what happens, the next generation of consoles will most likely be the last generation.

"I don't think any of the consoles are going to do as well as they used to," he said. "It's a declining market, I think. That doesn't speak ill to any of them as pieces of hardware - it just speaks about the fact that the industry has changed, the business models have changed and the world has gotten even smaller with smartphones and tablets and the internet, and stuff like Gaikai and streaming.

"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."

Jaffe believes that 'AAA' titles like Uncharted and God of War will still exist, but the delivery method will be different.

"The asteroid has hit the Earth, the dust cloud is covering the sun and the dinosaurs are on the way out - but not the games! We'll always have great games and bleeding edge graphics... it's just going to be a new delivery mechanism."

It's well worth heading to the full Games Industry International interview — to hear Jaffe talk about his opinions on the Wii U and more.

Game consoles will be extinct after next-gen, says Jaffe [Games Industry International]


    And PC's will never die!
    Long live the glorious PC master race!

    I suspect that consoles will be integrated into tv sets when Sony and Microsoft make deals with manufacturers. It will use some form of digital delivery (psn/live/steam). controllers can be bought for it for those that want to use it for more than an inbuilt media centre.

    Your phone/tablet will be your console. Wirelessly connect to your controller for input, wirelessly stream the video/sound to your tv.

    I think that if you use the traditional description of what the console is " a machine only plays video games" then this rent a quote guy is a merely stating the obvious. Consoles now days are really content delivery systems that push content from third parties and then from the manufacturer whether that is Sony, MS or Nintendo. Just look at E3 as an example

    Have to say I agree.. what we are going to end up with, and we are already seeing them appearing now, is all-in-one systems that do everything but are made up of standardised parts. The reason consoles work so well is that they are standardised and it makes it not only easy to develop for but also to ensure a consistent end-user experience. We're already seeing laptops and PCs that are standardised insides emerging into the market for this very reason.. in 10 years, I hope that is what we basically end up with.. even now you can pretty much get 5 (sometimes more) years out of a decent PC setup and still be playing the latest games are decent resolutions... with a bit more standardisation it will make getting the best setup cheaper...

    Consoles are here to stay for one simple reason... DRM.
    It is a lot easier to use a DRM scheme to protect software on a console, streaming is easier still but requires a level of internet access that I honestly can't see happening for more than 50 years, at which point games will have evolved and data requirements changed to a point where we probably still won't be able to do it.
    The delivery method is changing now, from physical to digital, but that is boosting the console economy (as you can't sell a digital download, and the DRM keeps it from being pirated)

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