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Twitch CEO Says Game Consoles Will Die After This Generation

Twitch CEO Says Game Consoles Will Die After This Generation

Twitch CEO Says Game Consoles Will Die After This Generation

Twitch CEO Says Game Consoles Will Die After This Generation

 

In an interview with the Guardian Twitch TV's CEO and co-founder, Emmett Shear, said that consoles will likely die after this generation and likely be replaced by set-top boxes like Android TV that will have a shorter upgrade cycle.

 

“The problem is, the seven-year upgrade lifecycle doesn’t work in the face of the two-year upgrade cycles for every other hardware platform,” he said. “It’s so intrinsically built into how consoles get manufactured and made and the full business model, that I’d be surprised to see another generation.” 

“They’re going to have to change form. You can already see this on both Xbox and PlayStation where there’s a tighter upgrade loop for both the operating systems and the games. This is the first step toward being able to iterate the hardware platform. I could imagine a version 1.1 product from both Microsoft and Sony which adds in slightly more speed and slightly more memory very similar to how phones and tablets work today. I think it’s going to look more like the mobile phone market over time.”

 

If the Console market is going to become more like the phone market, it is going to have to move to a more versatile OS/ software platform, if we do not want to have a load of backwards comparability issues every time we upgrade our devices. This leaves me thinking that the future consoles would be a Android, Apple TV or perhaps SteamOS device which will use high powered SoCs, or upgradable/ modular hardware.

One upcoming device which may fit this bill is Nvidia's upcoming Shield console, which will use Nvidia's X1 SoC, which is set to release  later this year at the price of $199.

 

 Nvidia Announces Shield Console and GRID

Specifications
Processor NVIDIA Tegra X1 SoC with 256-core Maxwell GPU with 3GB of RAM
Video Features 4K Ultra-HD Ready with 4K playback and capture up to 60 fps (using VP9, H265, H264 codecs)
Audio Features 7.1 and 5.1 surround sound pass through over HDMI
Storage1 16GB
Wireless 802.11ac 2×2 MIMO 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi
  Bluetooth 4.1/BLE
Interfaces Gigabit Ethernet
  HDMI 2.0
  Two USB 3.0 (Type A)2
  Micro-USB 2.0
  MicroSD slot (supports 128GB cards)
  IR Receiver (compatible with Logitech Harmony)
Gaming Features NVIDIA GRID streaming service
  NVIDIA GameStream™
Weight and Size Weight: 23oz / 654g
  Height: 5.1in / 130mm
  Width: 8.3in / 210mm
  Depth: 1.0in / 25mm

 

Who knows how long this console generation will last, but what will next may be a very different to what we normally think of as a console.

 

What do you guys think of this claim from Twitch's CEO? Do you think the console as we know it is dead? You can join the discussion on Twitch TV's CEO claiming that consoles will dies after this generation on the OC3D Forums.

 

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24-03-2015, 09:41:58

Dark NighT
I really doubt consoles would die this generation, i think there will always be a demand and reason for sony and microsoft to keep going with them for the next generation and beyond.Quote

24-03-2015, 09:54:58

steverebo
I agree there is no way games consoles will disappear, not for a very long time if ever. There is just too much demand for them it's a multi billion pound industry and there is no way that will just stopQuote

24-03-2015, 10:11:21

WYP
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Originally Posted by steverebo View Post
I agree there is no way games consoles will disappear, not for a very long time if ever. There is just too much demand for them it's a multi billion pound industry and there is no way that will just stop
It is more the fact that he can see consoles moving to a model which incorporates an upgrade cycle and to allows developers and manufacturers to take advantage of newer hardware.

For example if Microsoft made an Xbox 1.1 or Xbox 2 which can play games at 1080p and restricts all future Xbox One games to 900p or something with every generation adding more horsepower.

A more likely version of this is Nvidia's Shield Console, which will be updated with the latest SoC every few years an will be able to play all it's games with it's Android TV OS. But with this we would need to get past the Android Piracy issues.Quote

24-03-2015, 13:32:05

AlienALX
Death of game consoles my arse. Jeeesus Nvidia like to talk smack.

Their Shield tablet is a failure, this will be a failure too. Ask my uncle what he thinks about Nvidia and he would look confused before saying he's never heard of them.

Ask him about his Xbox 360 on the other hand and he will tell you all about it.

Nvidia's problem is that they are a boutique graphics card maker. They have not gained the sort of reach they need for a product like this to become a household item that every one knows and talks about.

I would say I wish them well but I don't, really. They only have themselves to blame for their total loner state. They've alienated more companies than any one else I can think of.

I would say just stick to GPUs but sadly most of their GPUs are not affordable to all and their cheaper ones are specced cheaply. They made the 970 and 980 sound great, take them to 4k and they fall apart.

And £900+ for a top end GPU is crazy. I guess they have to feed their lavish image now.Quote

24-03-2015, 14:27:28

barnsley
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Originally Posted by Vault-Tec View Post
Death of game consoles my arse. Jeeesus Nvidia like to talk smack.
Its the head of twitch saying that, not Nvidia. I don't think Nvidia are on the same level of ignorant a CEO of a certain livestreaming service is.Quote
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