“I’ll go on the record and say that the next generation of hardware will be the last consoles. And they should be”
A bold statement by the creator of God of War series, David Jaffe, who in an interview with Games Industry International explained that the Wii U did not impress him at all. Jaffe went on to say that Nintendo was in no way a bad company, but none of the software Nintendo demoed with the Wii U blew him away.
“So while I don’t think it’s going to do as well as the Wii, I don’t think any of the consoles are going to do as well as they used to. 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.”
He goes on to explain that even though consoles will be on their way out in the next decade or so, gamers will still be able to play the big budget games such as Uncharted or, coincidentally, God of War. Jaffe believes these games will be streamed through television sets sold by Sony.
Only time will tell if Jaffe is correct in his “console doomsday” prediction. Hopefully for the consumers’ sake, the consoles do not go the way of the Dodo.