Nvidia: next-gen consoles are the last, cloud gaming’s the future

Friday, 21 September 2012 21:00 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Nvidia’s GeForce Grid Cloud Gaming general manager Phil Eisler believes the next iteration of consoles will be the last as cloud gaming will become the “predominant way that people play games.”

Speaking with VentureBeat, Eisler said with technological progress in the sector continuing, issues with cloud gaming are becoming a thing of the past

“They say this is the last console, and I am certainly a believer in that,” Eisler said. “The last one is almost 10 years old now in terms of the technology. As we go through time, the good thing about cloud gaming is it’s going to get better every year. One of the reasons we’re investing in it is we see that there are some issues today, but they’re all solvable and they’re all moving in the right direction. Bandwidth is going up. The cost of server rooms is going down. We’re bringing latency down.

“The experience will just get better and better every year, to the point where I think it will become the predominant way that people play games.”

Eisler said with companies such as Sony clearly behind the tech, cloud gaming’s potential will only grow.

“Clearly Sony believes in it enough to put their $380 million dollars into it [by purchasing Gaikai],” he said. “That was equally supportive for those people that are pro-cloud gaming.

“Anybody who’s in the game console business is clearly awakened to the potential of streaming games to TVs.”

Thanks, GI International.

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