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Consoles may not play a part in the future of the games industry, Epic Games' Cliff Bleszinski has suggested, saying that he "sometimes wonders if we'll find ourselves in a PC/Phone/Tablet future."

"I'll be watching the Wii U closely," Bleszinski said during a Reddit AMA.

"I think Nintendo may have initially lost a little of their core with the Wii for a bit, honestly, and they seem to have realized this. I believe they also recognize that we live in a "multi-screen" culture hence the controller design. I played ZombiU at PAX and it was promising (even though the controls could use a little loving!) so we'll have to wait and see.

"I sometimes wonder if we'll find ourselves in a PC/Phone/Tablet future, honestly."

Both PC and mobile platforms have gained significant market share in recent years and been praised for their innovation in both product and business models, such as free-to-play and community-driven models.

Some developers have also suggested that next-generation consoles could be designed to accommodate similar ideas.

Last week, Ghost Recon Online's producer Theo Sanders told VideoGamer.com that future platforms will "evolve towards service models and towards being really online-driven, community-driven platforms.

"I think it's one of the strengths of the PC platform and I believe it's something that all console manufacturers understand to be a strength of the PC platform, and will definitely be looking for interesting and innovative ways to bring their own experiences to."

Next-gen consoles will need to get here sooner rather than later, though, with Bleszinski labelling the difference between top-end PC titles and current console titles "startling".

"The delta between the current crop of consoles and a high end PC is incredibly obvious now," he said in reply to another question. "Looking at Hawken at PAX versus the other console games and this difference is startling."

Neither Microsoft or Sony have yet announced plans for next-generation consoles.

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Clockpunk

No, the dedicated (and I use the term to refer to devices that can play titles straight from disc/installation without need to configure settings) console space is still worth too much money to write-off.

Phones and tablets cannot rival PCs in the style of gameplay that we are seeing today, and not every consumer wants a gaming PC. Consoles are the intermediary step, and so the demand will always be there. Whether the demand is for three concurrent devices, with only a handful of exclusive apiece, however, is the big question yet to be seen.
Posted 13:46 on 15 September 2012
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FantasyMeister

I think he just touched on the future by mentioning multi-screen culture, but just to expand on that:

I do most of my gaming on a TV screen. Because it's BIG. Console manufacturers limit me to that TV screen but have suddenly cottoned on to the fact that my TV screen might not always be there for me hence the PS Vita, MS SmartGlass and Wii-U GamePad starting to get more concurrent use.

OnLive already beat them too it, if you can download their app to your devices you can play Borderlands using the same save game on any of them, so a quick dungeon run in the morning on the TV, bit of looting on the train on the Samsung phone then a boss fight during lunch on the tablet at work.

Essentially it's IP control and money that hold us back and we're in a silly situation where I can play Borderlands 2 on my 360, someone else can play it on their PS3, someone else on their PC but we still can't play together for political reasons despite overcoming the technical hurdles about ten years ago.

So yes, I'm all for seeing Epic Games appear in a PC/Phone/Tablet, but not exclusively, screw those tiny little 4" screens and 14" monitors, just think cross-platorm instead of multi-platform. Unfortunately that type of thinking requires a few heads being bashed together.
Posted 10:46 on 15 September 2012

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