While substantial advancements in flying cars, food replicators, and a biodegradeable replacement for plastic straws that doesn’t totally suck could still be decades out, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot thinks that home consoles will be replaced with streaming technology much sooner than that.
With cloud-based and streaming content delivery systems very much a real, and increasingly even mundane thing now in 2018, it’s only a matter of time until a lot of contemporary consumer hardware becomes irrelevant. Smart TVs and phones, for example, already support multiple entertainment services like Netflix and Amazon Prime out of the box. So why not games?
“I think we will see another generation, but there is a good chance that step-by-step we will see less and less hardware. With time, I think streaming will become more accessible to many players and make it not necessary to have big hardware at home. There will be one more console generation and then after that, we will be streaming, all of us,” Guillemot tells Variety.
“It is going to help the AAA game industry grow much faster. We have to work on the accessibility of those games, to make sure they can be played on any device, but the fact that we will be able to stream those games on mobile phones and television screens without a console is going to change a lot of the industry.”
Streaming to an optical implant, though? That’s probably not going to happen for at least twenty years. Ten, maybe. Five. I dunno, I was on 56k dialup less than fifteen years ago, and I can’t keep up with this stuff anymore.