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John Romero Predicts Demise Of Consoles
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 5 comments

In a recent Adrenaline Vault interview John Romero, the legendary cofounder of id Software, suggested that console gaming is threatened with extinction by the introduction of cheap new multi-core processor PCs. He predicts that game consoles in their current form will either "undergo a massive rethink or go away altogether" in favor of more powerful PC-like devices.

3. Where is it all going? What do you see happening in the next five years and beyond?

JR: Right now MMOs, mobile and PC episodic are really polarizing into the newest most important segments in gaming. Next-gen console is big but its future isnít too bright with the emergence of cheap PC multi-core processors and the big change the PC industry will go through during the next 5 years to accommodate the new multi-core-centric hardware designs. 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 doesnít 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.

To read the rest of the interview, which touches on a variety of other issues as well, click over to the site below.

Adrenaline Vault: John Romero Interview


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