In the future, console gaming might just be a thing of the past, according to Electronic Arts Chief Competition Officer, Peter Moore. In an interview with The Daily Orange (via. GameSpot), Moore claimed the wide popularity of streaming services and devices could spell the end to the console platforms many know and love.
“I’m not sure there will be consoles, as we know them anymore,” said Moore in the interview, “Games will be accessed by streaming technology, so we don’t need hardware intermediaries in between the two.”
He continued, “If you and I want to play Battlefield 12 against each other, we’ll just jump into a game via whatever monitor we happen to have in our homes. It’ll be on a chip, rather than in a box.”
The Daily Orange also reported that the “Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are well set up to advance as technology does, so we may never see another console produced by Microsoft or Sony ever again.”
Whilst this can seem a somewhat ominous prediction for the future of console gaming, Moore certainly hasn’t been the first to claim that consoles might be losing their fire. Tekken executive Katsuhiro Harada claimed in a 2013 interview that “When there’s the PS5, it will probably be just a controller and a monitor. Then, the thing that will be left is the name of the service.”
Games industry veteran Lorne Lanning said on the Game Informer show (video link) that the PlayStation CEO Shuhei Yoshida revealed that Sony wasn’t sure if there would ever be a PS5.
For now, recent rumours have surfaced that Sony is working on a more powerful version of the PlayStation 4 codenamed Neo. Microsoft, on the other hand, has stated that fans should not expect an “Xbox one and a half”, although a recent report claims the company might reveal a new Xbox device at this year’s E3.