The new Nostradamus of the computing world, Sandy Duncan, has prophesied that the end is nigh for the games console.
Mr Duncan, the former boss of Xbox Europe, said: “The industry is fundamentally driven by technology. I think dedicated games devices, i.e. consoles and handhelds, will die out in the next five to ten years.”
“I don’t think you’ll have any box at all under your TV; most of this stuff will be “virtualised” as web services by your content provider.”
So, I suppose as long as you’re not with AOL, you’re probably in the clear.
Now personally, I just don’t buy this. If there’s one thing we’ve seen from consoles it’s the rate at which they become more and more sophisticated. Many people have PCs with substandard graphics cards unable to run some of the games that are out there now. What Mr. Duncan is effectively asking of gamers is to use your crummy Dell to run Half-Life 2. Think it can handle it?
And what of new developments in interfaces? How’s this generalised home equipment supposed to cope when Nintendo want to supply us with body suits for that lifelike game experience? Perhaps Mr Duncan has a plan for simply uploading ourselves into this virtualised world? Maybe one day, but not five to ten years.
(via the Inquirer)