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Could The Next Consoles Be Mobile?

Epic's boss certainly thinks so.

Mark Rein has made a bold prediction that the next generation of game consoles could resemble something more like a tablet than a clunky device plugged into your television.

Citing the huge strides made recently in the sophistication of mobile gaming technology, Epic Games’ Vice President makes a fairly convincing argument in an interview with Develop.

Today the companies making the hardware going inside phones know that games are important – they are incorporating processors that suit games and are as powerful as a PC or console…

So we’re going to see really powerful smaller machines emerge – they will be more powerful than a 360. To Epic that’s where our interest lies. We’re not interested in simple 2D games or games for the original iPhone or 3G; we want to bring high-quality, high-fidelity triple-A games to mobile. Epic Citadel woke a lot of people up – they realised it’s real and can be done.

Bearing in mind the studio’s hugely impressive iOS tech demo released on the AppStore just over a month ago, Epic Citadel, it’s clear that Mark Rein and Epic Games are really pushing development of serious ‘hardcore’ games on a mobile platform.

Essentially, Rein sees consoles becoming more of a lifestyle product; something you can take with you to a bar and enjoy a party game with friends before returning home, wirelessly connecting it to your HD television to play some CoD with a typical controller.

What do you think? Will consoles remain gaming powerhouses that sit under your TV? Or are Kinect, Move and the iPad changing the way we play?

Source: Develop

28 Comments
  1. lewis815
    Member
    Since: Mar 2009

    Rubbish, nothing beats a good old console game with a proper controller. (In my opinion, naturally).

    Comment posted on 04/10/2010 at 13:32.
    • ii3illy
      Member
      Since: Oct 2008

      “….. wirelessly connecting it to your HD television to play some CoD with a typical controller.”

      Comment posted on 04/10/2010 at 15:33.
  2. kevatron400
    Drake, baby.
    Since: Dec 2008

    Don’t think beer and future-iPad are the best combination. It’s only a matter of time before someone uses someone elses as a coaster and health metres appear above their heads (they are about to fight).

    Comment posted on 04/10/2010 at 13:34.
  3. skibadee
    Member
    Since: Oct 2009

    not interested in a mobile console. PS4 under my TV please Sony.

    Comment posted on 04/10/2010 at 13:34.
  4. fps_d0minat0r
    Member
    Since: May 2010

    yeah its called a psp2.
    and there will also be something more powerful called a ps4.

    Comment posted on 04/10/2010 at 13:35.
    • lewis815
      Member
      Since: Mar 2009

      That’s actually a good point, the guys basically saying that handheld gaming will take over, that thing we’ve had for decades..
      Riiiight..

      Comment posted on 04/10/2010 at 13:38.
      • fps_d0minat0r
        Member
        Since: May 2010

        hes basically saying that the ps4 will be handheld but the rules of technology are that if you have a bigger console, its more powerful (larger components, cooling etc) and for home use no-one minds having a console as big as the ps3 or xbox.

        Comment posted on 04/10/2010 at 13:44.
  5. Bilbo_bobbins
    Member
    Since: Jun 2009

    i really don’t hope this happens. I can’t see it happening.

    Comment posted on 04/10/2010 at 13:37.
    • tonycawley
      Pint! Pint!
      Since: Feb 2009

      Can’t you see it happening? Don’t you see it happening? Do you see it happening?

      Comment posted on 04/10/2010 at 15:58.
  6. 3shirts
    Member
    Since: Aug 2008

    I agree that mobile devices are getting powerful enough to be the only gaming device SOME people want/need in much the same way as mobile phone cameras are getting good enough to replace compact cameras for those who don’t do ‘serious’ photography. But there will always be people who want a massive DSLR and there will always be people who want a powerful games console and the top end will always be ahead of the mid-range

    Comment posted on 04/10/2010 at 13:49.
  7. bajere
    Member
    Since: Aug 2008

    yeah i can see this happing, as i would love to play such classic future games like Uncharted 4, Killzone 4 or GT6 on a 7″ screen instead of a 50″ TV!

    Move along now…your giving me an head ache!

    Comment posted on 04/10/2010 at 13:53.
    • 3shirts
      Member
      Since: Aug 2008

      This is another good point. However powerful a handheld might get, there is no substitute for a big display and 5.1 audio.

      Comment posted on 04/10/2010 at 13:57.
      • Bilbo_bobbins
        Member
        Since: Jun 2009

        unless it’s a VERY powerfull handheld and can be easily connected to the TV? Whatever happens, a small piece of hardware will never beat a box under the TV, which is why I can’t believe this….therefore I’m oot!

        Comment posted on 04/10/2010 at 14:33.
  8. Gamoc
    Member
    Since: Forever

    No, it couldn’t be.

    That is all.

    Comment posted on 04/10/2010 at 13:58.
  9. smokeybeef
    Member
    Since: Feb 2009

    Unless the future ‘mobile’ consoles have at least 1080p HDMI output and optical audio output, I’m not that fussed.

    Comment posted on 04/10/2010 at 14:07.
  10. Qurx
    Member
    Since: Jan 2010

    hmmm… i mostly play simple games on handhelds… they are perfect to play where ever you want… but if i want to play some “hardcore” games i’d prefer to play them on a console.
    but it would be a nice idea to think that in the future you might just need a controller/handheld or w/e and just connect then to a tv and be able to play your games…
    people are already thinking of a futute where applications and thus games will be able to run on a server… you you will only need a screen connected for the display… and some input devices to interact… and of course a connection…
    but we will just have to see what the future brings us…

    Comment posted on 04/10/2010 at 14:32.

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