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The PlayStation 5 and new Xbox will be the last consoles you ever buy, reckons Qualcomm boss

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It’s that time again. New hardware is around the corner. The hottest of takes are doing the rounds on just how many terror-flip-floppies each machine will have. Grand Theft Auto 6 will be a launch title! Perhaps the most prevalent rumour following any generation of console gaming, is how the latest one will be the last.

After all, mobile gaming was meant to be the grim reaper of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 era, but you don’t see anyone playing Apex Legends on a five-inch screen, do you? That being said, maybe 2020 is the year when the final generation does arrive. With the likes of Google Stadia and other advances in streaming technology making video games more accessible than ever, who needs a dedicated piece of hardware to feed game discs into? “There’s no question – in our view – that the cloud is the new console,” Qualcomm president Cristiano Amon said to The Sun.

You are just gonna start playing on any device, on any screen. That is going to be the future of gaming.

Amon is most likely referring to Google and their Stadia program, which allows for even the most graphically intensive game to be streamed over to just about any device that happens to have a screen attached to it. He’s not wrong but he’s not right either. While Google Stadia is a step in the right direction, it’s one that happens to be incredibly unattainable for all but the wealthiest of people.

The future most likely does rest in streaming, but that’s a process which will still take many years and perhaps an extra generation or two before the end times truly do begin for consoles. And even then, consumers will always want better, newer and sexier pieces of technology to play their games on. A lucrative desire, that console manufacturers are in no hurry to kill off just yet.

Last Updated: April 11, 2019


  1. You are just gonna start playing on any device, on any screen. That is going to be the future of gaming.

    You laugh, but it might very well be true


  2. Pieter Kruger

    April 11, 2019 at 14:27

    ???Yeah no!


  3. Frik van der Hewerskink

    April 11, 2019 at 14:47

    Maybe in first world countries where internet isn’t such a big factor


  4. HairyEwok

    April 11, 2019 at 14:47

    I strongly believe that when streaming games to devices become available to the masses at an afforable rate, that is when star citizen will release.


    • Guz

      April 11, 2019 at 16:43

      So you are saying that Star Citzen will be a mobile game…….xD


      • Jacques Van Zyl

        April 11, 2019 at 17:04

        can this be comment of the week? Or at least of the day?


  5. Kikmi

    April 11, 2019 at 15:37

    Ah its been a while since I’ve heard the prophets claim THE DEATH OF GMAING. Guys. No. Calm down. For stadia to even work you’d need to be on some pretty badass internet infrastructure, if not even google fibre exclusively. I highly doubt the odd hundred thousand that have access to the kind of bandwidth will have global penetration in 5-7 years. Its a stupid notion based on absolutely fuck all.

    The technophobes harking the death knell for games/consoles has been going on for millenia. Its nothing but a bit of pr exposure, no more no less. Consoles aren’t going anywhere, and even if it did it sure as fuck wouldnt be at the hands of fucking google stadia lol.


    • Mark Treloar

      April 11, 2019 at 18:24

      Qualcomm don’t really qualify as technophobes.They do also have a fair bit of experience when it comes to network technology, so may not be far off the mark in some markets at least.


  6. Original Heretic

    April 11, 2019 at 15:59

    Suddenly, a random idiot in the gaming industry spews nonsense. Gasp. Shock.
    As if Xbox and Sony and Nintendo WANT to stop making money.


  7. HvR

    April 11, 2019 at 18:11

    Hmm am I the only one that has trouble seeing where Amon said “PS5 and XboxTwo is going to be last console”

    He just says it is the future of gaming, The Sun journalist makes the statement that it might be not Amon.

    Now all the gaming sites are just parroting each other that Amon said it and what is even funnier is that is clear that most of them do no know what Qualcomm is.


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