David Jaffe thinks consoles are going the way of the Dodo
- Posted June 14th, 2012 at 07:37 EDT by Mike Harradence
- 11 Comments
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.
- 8:15am EDT - June 14th, 2012
I sure as heck hope they aren't still making God of War in 10 years.
- 8:57am EDT - June 14th, 2012
If streaming is the future of all entertainment, then many of us will sadly be unable to participate and/or pursue our hobbies. I`m not sure what it`s like in other countries, but in Canada, we pay a hefty fee for third world internet service (i.e. slow speeds and very limited bandwidth).
- 10:10am EDT - June 14th, 2012
What a stupid thing to say Beasley2K. I sure as heck hope they are still making God of War in 10 years. It's by far the best franchise Sony has, it's also their most critically acclaimed franchise, second best selling franchise and the most beloved if you go by which franchise has the biggest fan page following on Facebook where God of War is nearing 3 million fans, Sony aren't going to stop making it just for your sake, you're just a insignificant minority.
I believe streaming will be the future of all entertainment, in 10 years time internet speeds will be a lot faster and more reliable so it wouldn't be a problem like it is today. The only thing the industry needs to work out before going all digitalis a way to ensure people can sell back games they no longer want at a reasonable price (like trading in games at stores now) to receive credit balance that can go towards new games, then I'll be completely happy.
- 10:15am EDT - June 14th, 2012
He might be right but I hope not, I like having a hard copy in case down the line I get nostalgic and want to play an old game.
Drebin296 | Drebin296
- 10:36am EDT - June 14th, 2012
If the next gen is the last one, I'll be playing my PS4 for a very long time.
- 11:08am EDT - June 14th, 2012
Do these guys live 100 or 500 years in the future??? the internet framework wolrdwide cannot hold a charge for intense next gen gaming AT ALL, even for 15 minutes. And the internet providers in all countries don't make consumers pay the same way, I have unlimited broadband I pay 30 € / month, that is said to be 100Mb but I think I never reached that, when it's 5Mb for 15 minutes I'm very happy
And do they know that physical media disappearing will kill thusands of jobs? that many shops exist for that purpose???
- 1:34pm EDT - June 14th, 2012
Not to mention streamed or cloud-based content isn't physical. Is he implying that we would pay a certain amount of money, and then stream the content to our TV? What if the servers went down? Or not enough bandwidth. I'm sure there's some more factors I'm not taking into account.
I'd much rather stick with consoles.
Gameoholic007 | Demented007
- 5:57pm EDT - June 14th, 2012
I think Jaffe is full of it! If consoles are making the money, consoles will continue to be made. Consoles are one of the KEY factors, when it comes to making the video game industry succesful. (hint hint) >=/
- 7:55pm EDT - June 14th, 2012
What a crock of sh**t. Does he even realize that all US internet service (for homes not companies) have a bandwidth limit? IE comcast's i think is 300gb, lets assume they tripple in the next ten years to 900gb, let us also assume that games ten years from now will also tripple in size (since he wants bleeding edge graphics then you are going to have to pay the price in size) so a single MGS4 would be what 150gb, stream that through your internet, multiply that by however many people are online during peak hours (usually after work around 6-7is till 10) and your game will lag like a mofo. So in about 15 hours (how long to beat MGS4 for most) you would have wasted 16.7% of your internet bandwidth for the month, add to that your you-tube, netflex, other games, if you file share, or direct download etc, and you will get a warning everymonth from your ISP on overages and eventually they either cut your internet or charge you fees...
- 4:57am EDT - June 15th, 2012
@9 You're a beast.
- 7:15pm EDT - June 16th, 2012
@3 What a pathetically stupid thing to say. With the addition of Ascension we'll have had 6 God of War games in 8 years. It's starting to feel milked. And you think there's still enough life left in the series to continue pumping games out for another 10 years? That's ridiculous. It may be a big selling franchise, but all big franchises have to die at some point, and Santa Monica will need to move on. People won't want God of War forever, and I for one am bored already. They've concluded the trilogy, there's not much more they can give, I sincerely hope Ascension is the last God of War game. I'm not a huge fan myself, but if you want them to continuously force out instalments of diminishing quality then you're not a true fan, you're selfish and greedy. Of the series' millions of fans, not every one will constantly want another game. I myself own every God of War game to date, therefore contributing to the fan base, and don't want anymore already, so I'm a great example. They won't make a new game just because you want it, and in 10 years time, you will be an insignificant minority.
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