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Crytek: "Next-Generation Of Home Consoles Will Be The Last"

Matt Gardner
Cevat Yerli, CryEngine, Crytek, Death of consoles, Games consoles, Next-gen

Crytek: "Next-Generation Of Home Consoles Will Be The Last"

Crytek's Cevat Yerli has suggested that home consoles are on their last legs, and that the next generation - the one featuring the Wii U and the PS4 and whatever Microsoft come up with - will be the last.

"The console will displace the PC, you hear it again and again. On the contrary, I suspect that the next-generation of home consoles will be the last one," Yerli told Golem (via VG247).

"Of course there are still hardcore gamers who sit for an hour to install and then play for eight hours. But these consumers are becoming the minority. Today's gamers buy a game for 99 cents, download it and play it for 15 to 20 minutes per day over a period of two months - and then they move on."

Yerli also revealed that CryEngine licensees were creating games for Wii U, but that Crytek are not planning any in-house development themselves, also distancing the company from the Vita, which he labelled as an "uncertain" platform.

"The Playstation Vita is currently too uncertain for us as a platform. Technically, I find the Vita very appealing, and have fun with it - no question. From a business perspective it is a bit too late."

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socialjeebus  Jun. 4, 2012 at 13:28

Completely agree, cloud gaming through television sets as some TV manufacturers, such as LG are already planning for and contracts have been signed, etc.

Last edited by socialjeebus, Jun. 4, 2012 at 13:30
gunnx  Jun. 4, 2012 at 18:13

Bit of a disappointing view to say the Vita is too late, when if they and others supported it now it would no longer be uncertain

DivideByZero  Jun. 4, 2012 at 20:03

"Of course there are still hardcore gamers who sit for an hour to install and then play for eight hours. But these consumers are becoming the minority."

I must know s*** loads of hardcore gamers then. True, we play lots of little games too, but most people have games they still spend hours and hours on.

As for the Vita, I agree with gunnx, bit tight of them to say no one supports it as they are part of the problem.

imdurc  Jun. 5, 2012 at 01:31

The problem I have with this view is that in order to use cloud gaming, somehow, we're all going to have great internet connections with no issues, period. I call ****.

In the UK, it's amazing how broadband performance varies. Until we're all outfitted with stable enough connections for HD graphics/sound gaming, this ain't coming to fruition anytime soon.

Also, who hasn't travelled with their console to a relative's house, friend's flat, hotel, etc. etc., only to find no way of connecting to the internet. THIS alone kills the idea dead. In each of those instances, it didn't matter that I had no internet connection, I simply put the disc into the machine and played my games.

I've tried OnLive and kinda like it. But the graphics, sound and lag, let it down. It's a nice proof of concept, but it needs more bandwidth and less lag to become a real alternative.

Simplicity is the key. Convenience, in this sitution, isn't ready yet. And god knows when it will be!

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