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Ubisoft: The Next Generation Of Consoles Won’t Be The Last

There had been talk about the next generation of consoles being the last.

Some industry experts and analysts have predicted that after the upcoming generation, we'll shift to one universal machine. However, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot isn't buying that.

In speaking to CVG , Guillemot says the multiple console structure will continue beyond the PS4/Xbox One/Wii U generation, mostly because "the manufacturers want a way to control their platform." Not everyone wants this, though, as noted game designer David Jaffe said last year that he believes the next generation of hardware will be the last in regards to multiple systems. Many think that competition begets quality so having two or three competing game consoles on the market at once is a plus.

But there are pros and cons to the universal console theory, too. Guillemot also said in the interview that the current generation has lasted too long. That being said, the good news is that because of this, the industry has the potential to grow very quickly. Well, let's hope; this has been nothing but a down year number-wise thus far.

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WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

I think the single console theory is nonsense. There are two ways it could happen.

A) The gaming industry collapses and one console survives like how only Taco Bell survived the fast food wars in Sylvester Stallone's "Demolition Man" or

B) MS, Sony, and Nintendo get together and agree to support a single system. That won't happen.

Cabalavatar1
Cabalavatar1
11 years ago

Let's not try to (illogically) reduce the choices to only two. Other ways are entirely possible.

For example, I suspect that console games will become so compatible with PC games that consoles will become obsolete. They're almost there, anyway.

As another example, consoles may not be able to handle a following stage in gaming development: If we move to something more like holodecks, we won't need consoles. We'll have interactive environments instead.

Lastly, I wonder how long it'll be until head attachments and brain implants eventually revolutionize the ways we game: a move from screens to direct brain stimulation. (Anyone who follows Ray Kurtzweil knows where I'm going with this idea.)


Last edited by Cabalavatar1 on 7/11/2013 1:07:59 PM

Buckeyestar
Buckeyestar
11 years ago

A single console makes good sense, it works well for PC games.

The competition would still be there. Sony and Microsoft would just compete over services and software, rather than a console which doesn't make money by itself. There could be Sony based software and stores as well as the same from Microsoft and other publishers, different buckets all feeding one trough. It would be great to have Uncharted, God of War, Gears of War, Halo, and so on all on one system.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

Console gaming won't melt into PC gaming despite what's inside the box in my opinion. PC enthusiasts have been claiming this kind of stuff since forever. It doesn't matter how compatible they are, the vast number of people will always prefer a dedicated gaming device in their entertainment center. It's always about ease of use and PC gaming is fraught with difficulties that the average consumer doesn't want to deal with.

We're not gonna have holodecks or brain implants for awhile.

AcHiLLiA
AcHiLLiA
11 years ago

"brain implants" that's freakin' scary, just to even talk about.


Last edited by AcHiLLiA on 7/11/2013 3:06:46 PM

Beamboom
Beamboom
11 years ago

This is such nonsense. As long as console hardware is subsidised by the software sales, and the ecosystem on each console is practically a monopoly there will never be one unified console platform.

If anything, the trend is that there's *more* specialized machines, not less. The drop in sales happen on the PC side of things. Tables, pads, smart phones and other specialized hardware are fast taking over on areas where we traditionally used PCs.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

Why do people still cling to the idea that PCs will take over everything even though their use is on the decline? Makes no sense to me.

Beamboom
Beamboom
11 years ago

That is an assumption based on reasoning unclear to me. There really are no signs in the market that indicates this.

Personally I believe stationary PCs will last as well but become less of a universal tool as we know them today, and more for the hardcore crowd.


Last edited by Beamboom on 7/11/2013 1:59:58 PM

ZettaiSeigi
ZettaiSeigi
11 years ago

I don't get it either. I personally do not like playing games on my PC. PC loyalists claim that games look best on that platform (and they may be right), but I do not want to deal with the complications of system requirements and other compatibility stuff. If I want to play a game, I'd just want to put the disc in and play right then and there. No waiting for the OS to load and the other services that are not needed.

Akuma_
Akuma_
11 years ago

It's good to see a major company like Ubisoft understands this.

I don't know why people make such stupid ideas, like Jaffe's idea of a single console. It won't happen, is he really serious?

A lot of people around here said that the next-gen will be the last console gen, but it WON'T! Consoles will go on for a very long time, until either Microsoft, Sony, or Nintendo no longer see's value in creating a console. Which from the 200+ million consoles that sold during the current gen, that won't happen for many decades.

Money will ALWAYS supersede most other things in business.

Beamboom
Beamboom
11 years ago

Godo point about the number of consoles sold. Who on earth would want to give away that? The separate platforms will exist for as long as there is a market for it.

But to be fair, those around here who said that the next-gen will be the last console gen, were essentially the same people who were upset about Sony making a sane decision on architecture. That's what made them pull out their doomsday prophecies.


Last edited by Beamboom on 7/12/2013 3:42:45 AM

___________
___________
11 years ago

there will always be multiple systems, that said though why would $ony and M$ ever have to need to release new systems when the ps4 and xbox one are heavily designed on utilizing the cloud.
there is zero reasons for new consoles to come out after these.
7,8 years from now everything will be run off the cloud anyway so the necessity of releasing new hardware to lift the restrictions will not exist.
only manufacture who will have to release a new console is ninty, simply because of how outdated the wiiu already is!

Mamills
Mamills
11 years ago

i really dunno y ppl expect it to end. its not going to anytime soon… end of story

smileys_007
smileys_007
11 years ago

this is ridiculous. i don't want sony to team up with microsoft and nintendo to create a one single console. Sony is a very good electronics company (especially in creating video consoles ang games) and it can hold out on its own. Maybe Microsoft and Nintendo should team up to compete with Sony.. lol!

ricksterj
ricksterj
11 years ago

What should be REALLY looked at is does the public REALLY want in a next gen system.

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