David Jaffe thinks consoles are going the way of the Dodo
- Posted June 14th, 2012 at 07:37 EDT by Michael Harradence
God of War creator David Jaffe has signalled the end of traditional games consoles, believing the industry will shift gears to streaming content to your TV after the next hardware generation.
Speaking to GI.biz, Jaffe, who announced his departure from studio Eat Sleep Play a few months back, commented:
"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.”
The outspoken developer then went on to say that he feels next-gen machines won’t match the current crop of consoles in terms of sales volume.
I'm going to go out on a limb, because why the f**k not? I don't care if I'm wrong, I'm not a business guy. I think next-gen consoles are going to do 40 percent of [the sales volume] of the current gen hardware.
"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."
Jaffe recently released the PS3-exclusive Twisted Metal, and is currently in the process of developing a new free-to-play shoot-‘em-up for browsers.