Ubisoft co-founder and CEO Yves Guillemot seems to think that the days of the gaming console are numbered and believes that the PS5 and whatever Microsoft decide to call the next Xbox will be the last the company’s make.
Responsible for some of the biggest titles on Xbox and Playstation such as Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry, Ubisoft predicts that there is only one generation left of dedicated gaming consoles before the industry moves towards streaming solutions. Guillemot believes that the future will see the move away from dedicated hardware towards platform-agnostic devices that merely stream content from the cloud. He continues to suggest that this inevitable move will only bring further opportunities for software companies like Ubisoft to expand and offer its services to a broader user base.
“I think we will see another generation, but there is a good chance that step-by-step we will see less and less hardware,” Guillemot said to Variety. “With time, I think streaming will become more accessible to many players and make it not necessary to have big hardware at home. There will be one more console generation, and then after that, we will be streaming, all of us.”
Experiments such as Nvidia’s GeForce Now streaming service will continue to evolve and help the gaming industry grow faster.
“It is going to help the AAA game industry grow much faster,” he said. “We have to work on the accessibility of those games, to make sure they can be played on any device, but the fact that we will be able to stream those games on mobile phones and television screens without a console is going to change a lot of the industry.”
“There are quite a few people that are working on streaming, like Nvidia,” Guillemot said. “So, we think it’s a trend and that it will continue to evolve. Eventually, the technology will improve dramatically, which will allow us to have a very smooth experience in the big cities of the world.”
As great as streaming games from the cloud is with hardware-agnostic devices, the connectivity and bandwidth simply are not there. However, that’s not to say in a couple of years the situation could have changed, but I for one am skeptical that traditional gaming consoles are on their way out.