John Romero: Consoles on the Way Out

In a recent interview given to Adrenalin Vault, John Romero, of Doom fame, said that he views the future of game consoles as short lived if the basic premise of how these console work doesn’t go through a massive change in functionality and design. He also says that game consoles will begin to lose their market share in gaming as PCs become more affordable and more powerful in multitasking.

"My prediction is that the game console in the vein of the PS3 and XBOX 360 is going to either undergo a massive rethink or go away altogether. The Wii has the perfect design for a console that doesn’t pretend to be a PC and is geared more toward casual gamers than hardcore gamers. The hardcore gamers are going to either be playing on their PCs or a new PC-like platform that sits in the living room but still serves the whole house over wifi, even the video signal."

However, the tide may turn the other way as hardcore gamers, once entrenched in PCs, have found that game consoles are not only formidable alternatives to PC based gaming, but may be seen as a form of insurance in making sure that their hardware doesn’t go obsolete in just a year’s time.


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