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Jaffe Leaves Console Development, Says Consoles Will Die Soon

He's pretty great, isn't he?

I love David Jaffe. David Jaffe loves everything he’s involved in. He thinks God of War is the best action game ever. He thinks Twisted Metal is the best vehicle combat game ever. He thinks Calling All Cars is… well, exceptions prove rules. The point is, Jaffe loves his work and for that, I love Jaffe.

But enough of the painfully unreciprocal bromance, let’s read about what Jaffe thinks of something he’s not involved with anymore: consoles. David left Sony’s feathery underarm mere months ago and he’s already predicting the end to their only profitable arm of business.

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

Now, before we all start roaring and wailing about what an outspoken idiot David Jaffe is because he holds the opinion that something we really like quite a lot is going to die soon, let’s take a moment to consider how much things have changed in this business in ten years and what the next ten years might bring.

Can you imagine if, in 2002, someone had told you that people in general would spend more time playing games on a website than they spend playing games on consoles that plug into a television. And yet, Facebook gaming is by far a bigger time sink than consoles, for far more people. I remember people being roundly ridiculed for suggesting that most games would be bought and downloaded rather than purchased in shops and I’m fairly sure that wasn’t even ten years ago. Ten years ago, YouTube wasn’t even an idea.

Jaffe isn’t predicting the demise of console makers, or gaming. He’s saying that what those makers sell us and the way we obtain those games is likely to change. Sony would become content providers, streaming games to us that we play on their space age foldaway television screens, or whatever they’ll be making in ten years time.

The next ten years are likely to be driven by soaring HD development costs, soaring mobile gaming market share and profitability (unless that bubble pops, and then we’re all screwed) and potentially great leaps forward in broadband and streaming technology. Jaffe might not be wrong, you know.

Source: GI.biz

  1. jediryan123
    Since: Nov 2008

    I won’t be getting a next gen console. I game on my pc 90% of the time now.

    Comment posted on 14/06/2012 at 07:51.
  2. The Lone Steven
    Never heard of him.
    Since: May 2010

    I doubt it as consoles still have a large userbase even though Facebook has take a bit of a chunk out of it, i think it’s barely had an impact on consoles. Unless MS and Sony decide that implenting a ton of DRM and making their next console lock out preowned, i think consoles will be around for another 20 years. PC gaming has probably only just recovered from cutting off preowned as it seems to be on the rise again. That and Steam probably had something to do with it. :)

    Comment posted on 14/06/2012 at 08:36.
  3. Klart
    Since: Jun 2010

    What an outspoken idiot David Jaffe is.

    Of course consoles won’t go away. look at CoD; the freaking thing makes more money than every Hollywood block buster fiulm out there!!!

    Maybe the form will change and you’ll play CoD with a console pad through your streambox or tablet, but than that will be the console of the future.

    Comment posted on 14/06/2012 at 08:41.
    • Alex C
      One for all.
      Since: Forever

      That’s what he’s saying… :/

      Comment posted on 14/06/2012 at 08:47.
  4. hazelam
    Since: Feb 2009

    i cannot see streaming ever becoming the only option.
    people like to have a local copy of their games.
    and i think many always will.
    even a digital download is preferable to a streamed copy when your net connection goes down.

    mind you, i can’t see digital being the only way to get a local copy either.

    some people will always prefer a boxed hard copy.

    i mean, people still buy vinyl in these days of mp3.

    i don’t think consoles will die out myself.
    so long as they’re easier than pc they’ll have their place.
    consoles may not be able to match a top of the range pc when it comes to visuals, but they’re a damn site cheaper.

    Comment posted on 14/06/2012 at 09:24.
  5. gazzagb
    Master of speling mitakse
    Since: Feb 2009

    I think it will be PC gaming that becomes the norm, just due to the fact that gamers can pretty much chose how much they want to pay for a gaming PC. With a console, it’s a fixed price, and that console has to last you so many years in the life cycle, whereas PC’s can be constantly upgraded.

    Comment posted on 14/06/2012 at 09:51.
    • Forrest_01
      Since: Jun 2009

      See my previous comment re lazy people like myself! :)

      Comment posted on 14/06/2012 at 10:13.
  6. Bilbo_bobbins
    Since: Jun 2009

    Great so if everything is online, then no physical media and plenty of cheap gaming too. Wohooo !

    Comment posted on 14/06/2012 at 09:56.
  7. fs
    Since: May 2012

    Consumers wouldn’t be cosumers if there was nothing to consume. People shouldn’t worry about gaming, they’ll always be games and they’ll always get better and better. The platform for playing these games will change however. Tech moves forward and things get left behind, it’s simply the nature of the beast.

    Comment posted on 14/06/2012 at 10:00.
  8. InternationalGamer
    Since: Dec 2010

    I disagree…
    Your first point about people playing their games on a website more than a game on a console is wrong.
    People who play Facebook games probably do not play any sort of hardcore games, hardcore gamers of 2002 are probably not playing a video game on Facebook.

    I don’t think consoles will die in the next 10 years, if we switch on a subscription based thing like OnLive (The only technology that I see that can be popular in the future), where you stream your games, Microsoft and Sony will sell consoles that will handle this, so the console will also probably be less inexpensive (because streaming top quality games doesn’t really require a really fast computer)

    Comment posted on 14/06/2012 at 11:44.
  9. trollmonster
    Since: Jan 2010

    Calling all cars is the tits!!

    Comment posted on 14/06/2012 at 12:48.
  10. Moshbag
    Since: Nov 2011

    Jaffe is ace!

    /lovingly strokes signed copy of Twisted Metal

    Comment posted on 14/06/2012 at 12:50.

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