Jaffe: 'Next-gen will be the last for consoles'

Dedicated consoles to be replaced by streaming platforms, says Twisted Metal creator

Twisted Metal and God of War man David Jaffe thinks the next generation of consoles will - and should - be the last.


First off, he's not that impressed with Wii U. "I don't see the Wii U and say 'oh my God I have to have that'," he said to GamesIndustry.

"But their audience isn't necessarily core gamers like you or the analysts you talk to, so I could still see Wii U being mainstream. But honestly though, if I had to put money down, I think that the iPhone and the iPad has basically taken the market that was so excited by the Wii and so I think Wii U is not going to be anywhere near the success of the Wii," he said.

Jaffe went on to emphasise that he's not laying into Nintendo specifically, but is skeptical of the next generation as a whole.

"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 said.

Then he got more bullish, typically Jaffe-style. "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."

Are you up for an all-streaming future?

[ SOURCE: GamesIndustry ]