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THQ and others feel Cloud gaming is the future

Tuesday, 24th August 2010 15:30 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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THQ CEO Brian Farrell is a proponent of Cloud gaming, and believes it has the potential to lower the “entry barrier” into gaming for consumers who don’t wish to spend the cash on a console.

Speaking in the latest episode of Game Industry TV alongside of GasPoweredGames, David Perry, and Insomniac CEO Ted Price, Ferrell said he doesn’t understand the need for expensive boxes.

“I am a huge believer in the concept of Cloud computing – huge,” he said. “The concept of lowering the entry barrier to consumers for gamers to get into our games by not having to shell out for the hardware is a tremendous potential opportunity.

“Why do we need a $1,000 [console]? That’s what these boxes [or] consoles actually cost the manufacturers to make. Why do we need that computing power?”

PSN director Susan Panico, Digital Chocolate CEO Trip Hawkins and Nolan Bushnell also talked about the future of digital, and how it’s all about moving towards a “services” business.

You can watch the full episode below.

Via Edge.

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3 Comments

  1. freedoms_stain

    We need those boxes because the infrastructure ain’t there for most of the world and tbh the payment models we’ve seen so far (OnLive) fucking suck.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. drewbles82

    yeh not everyone wants to go online. what bout where people live who can not get a decent connection, lag etc. Pricing would be a big problem as so many people like to wait til the games become cheaper or even get 2nd hand. You create all this onlive stuff, whats gonna happen to the retailers if theres no games, consoles etc to sell, more jobs going, the ppl who manufacture the consoles,games, accessories, to the shop and everyone inbetween. Maybe in like 10-20yrs time when every home has a min of 50meg speed etc.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Crysis

    “yeh not everyone wants to go online. what bout where people live who can not get a decent connection, lag etc”
    that’s why they said the future, not right now, to put it simply, they would like to see games available through services instead of consoles & this may well be happening sometime in 15-20 years

    #3 4 years ago

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