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We may have just one more generation of traditional consoles, says Ubisoft boss

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The console business is certainly changing. For better or worse (its worse), there’s a huge shift to digital distribution, and it’s looking increasingly likely that consoles are set for mid-generational hardware refreshes – turning them even more in to little PC’s than they already are. Though this generation of consoles is doing exceedingly well, there have been many who think we’ll soon see the end of the traditional gaming console.

Ubiboss Yves Guillemot believes there’ll be just one more generation of traditional consoles, before we move on to something different.

“Now on the console side,” Guillemot said in an earnings call (via Gamespot), “we expect there will be new consoles that are going to make this market continue to grow and we feel it’s… we’ll still have another generation of consoles before we have new types of consoles coming to the market.”

What sort of consoles? It’s not good news for those of us in bandwidth-strapped countries, I’m afraid.

“We believe in streaming- it demands lots of bandwidth. We think it’s going to grow but today, with the types of games we have, it will still take a bit of time to be more popular.”

PlayStation Now (which works quite well in the first world) has demonstrated that it is feasible, and as advancements in streaming technology come, it’ll only get better. Of course, it does leave us in the dark.

We do still have one more traditional generation to go though, according to Guillemot, and of course there’s that mid-gen systems.

“For the new consoles, there’s nothing official on that so my expectation is we will have another cycle of consoles before we go to streaming,” he said. “I don’t have dates or anything but what I see is the manufacturers would prefer to have again a new hardware to take up the potential of new possibilities that they can bring.”

Last Updated: May 13, 2016

45 Comments

  1. Alien Emperor Trevor

    May 13, 2016 at 14:03

    But that’s what they said before this generation was released. No wonder they think VR is ready for the mainstream now.

    Reply

    • Francois Knoetze

      May 13, 2016 at 15:49

      thank you!! I heard this about the PS3 too a while back!

      Reply

  2. BakedBagel

    May 13, 2016 at 14:05

    hmm with the amount of planned fiber being rolled out by Telkom we may be able to participate in 2033

    Reply

    • Pariah

      May 13, 2016 at 14:06

      That soon?

      Reply

      • BakedBagel

        May 13, 2016 at 14:10

        17 years

        heh. Well a man can hope ne?

        Reply

        • Pariah

          May 13, 2016 at 14:11

          *Grandpa by then

          Reply

          • BakedBagel

            May 13, 2016 at 14:12

            With the price of games, i might be homeless in 17 years but atleast i have thousands of games on Steam right?

          • Pariah

            May 13, 2016 at 14:13

            I’ll be doing people’s gardens.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            May 13, 2016 at 14:17

            That actually sounds appealing. I can get some fresh air, get my shirt off like Matthew McConaughey, and drink from the hose pipe.

          • Pariah

            May 13, 2016 at 14:18

            *vomits*

          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            May 13, 2016 at 14:18

            But you’ll look like Matthew Figueira without your shirt?

          • Pariah

            May 13, 2016 at 14:18

            LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            May 13, 2016 at 14:19

            I know I’m hairy, but I’m not THAT hairy.

          • VampyreSquirrel

            May 13, 2016 at 14:21

            hundreds*

          • BakedBagel

            May 13, 2016 at 14:24

            Na im going all in.

  3. Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

    May 13, 2016 at 14:06

    Yves Guillemot also refuses to remove Uplay and thinks their games are 100% working upon release date

    Reply

    • Pariah

      May 13, 2016 at 14:06

      I think there’s a mobile game that’s just been released to try help people like him.

      Reply

    • Pariah

      May 13, 2016 at 14:10

      Seriously though – it’s hard to take the word of a guy who’s so out of touch with his customer base seriously.

      Reply

      • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

        May 13, 2016 at 14:17

        He doesn’t know a single thing about what gamers wants, all he can read are spreadsheets

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        • Pariah

          May 13, 2016 at 14:18

          I wonder if he can read this then:

          =SUM(G1,E2,T3,F4-D9)

          Reply

          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            May 13, 2016 at 14:18

            I bet he can

    • BakedBagel

      May 13, 2016 at 14:13

      lmao the amount of rekt is uncountable

      Reply

    • Ir0nseraph

      May 13, 2016 at 14:16

      A full game streaming console, how will the pay plan work, like a netflix streaming service, or rent your game per month ?

      Reply

      • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

        May 13, 2016 at 14:17

        PS Now works like Netflix, too bad it’s not even available in certain parts of Europe

        Reply

        • Ir0nseraph

          May 13, 2016 at 14:19

          Yes but that’s for old games, that already pulled their revenue, now say GTA 600 releases do you really think they will give you access to the full game for a month at a reduced price ?

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          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            May 13, 2016 at 14:20

            Dunno, but we can’t be expected to pay for a streaming service and for games as well

          • Pariah

            May 13, 2016 at 14:21

            Honestly if that’s what games become I will genuinely just sell it all and do something else with my life.

          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            May 13, 2016 at 14:22

            I’d just be at the pub the whole day

          • Admiral Chief Protector

            May 13, 2016 at 14:23

            The only stream I’m interested in….is from the draught machine

          • Ir0nseraph

            May 13, 2016 at 14:30

            All i am saying is, Guillemot’s dream might be a few more years from reality.

          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            May 13, 2016 at 14:30

            Decades

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        May 13, 2016 at 14:20

        You subscribe to PSN, then you subscribe to Ubi, and EA, and WB, and 2K, and etc etc etc

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        • BakedBagel

          May 13, 2016 at 14:23

          And then you still have the opportunity to pay for the brand new 2 season pass. Its better than the season pass because its double the price but only half the content :D/

          Reply

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            May 13, 2016 at 14:24

            Then you have to subscribe to the individual games you want too. 😉

          • BakedBagel

            May 13, 2016 at 14:25

            What a deal!

  4. Admiral Chief Protector

    May 13, 2016 at 14:19

  5. Raptor Rants

    May 13, 2016 at 14:23

    Wait…. Isn’t the current generation already non-traditional? Day 1 patches, updates, broken games etc etc etc?
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

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    • Admiral Chief Protector

      May 13, 2016 at 14:24

      Huehuehue

      Reply

    • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

      May 13, 2016 at 14:24

      At least our games gets fixed and not abandoned

      Reply

      • BakedBagel

        May 13, 2016 at 14:24

        DayZ Standalone says hey!

        Reply

    • HvR

      May 13, 2016 at 14:30

      All the cons without pros like modding, steam sales and a mouse

      and Xcom2

      o how I want to play xcom2

      Reply

  6. Strawman Jim

    May 13, 2016 at 18:26

    I remember when the same nonsense was spewed in the early 00s (while the PS2 was dominating).

    Reply

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