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Ubisoft CEO doesn’t think PS4, Wii U and Xbox One will be the last console generation

Thursday, 11th July 2013 20:50 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot doesn’t think PS4, Wii U and Xbox One will be the last generation of consoles.

Speaking with CVG, Guillemot said he sees a future beyond current and next-gen, due to manufacturers wanting control over their platforms; however, he does see the current form factor changing with more focus on the cloud.

With cloud gaming as a factor, he feels the quality of games will change for the better – if a bandwidth increase comes with it. You know, infrastructure and all that jazz.

“I still think it is not the last generation, because the manufacturers want a way to control their platform and the machine is the best way to have a specific access to that,” he said. “What I’m happy with is, because we’ve been waiting for a long time, if we really come with high quality games then the public will come very quickly to buy them. So we will see a big increase in the market.

“I think that the cloud is going to change a few things. Now with cloud and the increase of bandwidth we should have the possibility to increase the quality of games a lot over the next few years. But I think five years is the right timing for it.

“If we can take advantage of the quality those machines bring, and if we can spend money, then I think we can make the business grow very fast.”

The full interview is through here.

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  1. SlayerGT

    I imagine if the architectures next next gen are these PC types again, backward compatibly should be a given yeah? PS5, 6, 7 playing PS4 games.

    #1 9 months ago
  2. Gronke09

    there are 2 reasons that these “next-gen” consoles are not going to be the last.
    The new consoles are not better in performance than a high-end PC.
    In a couple of years (3-4) the graphic cards are going to make something so innovative that the new consoles are going to be the old consoles and both Sony and Microsoft will have to make new consoles and WiiU will still be 6-7 years behind in performance.

    #2 9 months ago
  3. Bowser

    Of COURSE not!

    #3 9 months ago
  4. Lord Gremlin

    @2 True. Last generation of consoles will come out when maximum possible performance in smallest form factor physically possible will be achieved and mass produced.
    Easily 50 years more.

    #4 9 months ago
  5. Stardog

    @2 “the graphic cards are going to make something so innovative”

    What does that even mean?

    The fact is that the PC is dying. Sales are lower year on year. Nobody has a high end PC. You will be lucky if even 20% of gamers have a graphics card as powerful as the PS4/One’s within 5 years time.

    Whenever a truly PC-only game is released people always complain about performance (Natural Selection 2).

    #5 9 months ago
  6. Llewelyn_MT

    It’s no news Ubisoft CEOs don’t think.

    The PC gaming is dying. Meanwhile in the real world, the most popular games are played on PC (think LOL, WoT, WoW, etc.), mobile, and social networks (PC again).

    PC gaming is cheaper and gives more choice. People are starting to see this. The PC architecture of the soon-to-be generation is the final blow to the consoles as we know them.

    #6 9 months ago
  7. Llewelyn_MT

    Now, back to the DDoSing the Steam servers. You have to know jack about PC gaming to say it’s dying during a Steam season sale… :-D

    #7 9 months ago
  8. Llewelyn_MT

    One more thing. As of July 2013 over 20% of Steam users have a graphics card more powerful than those in PS4/XBone. These does not include the 34% whose card type is not listed.

    #8 9 months ago
  9. ps3fanboy

    i dont think it ever will be a ‘last console’ because having a platform where the hardware is locked for 10 years. is better than having to take into account new hw all the times, like with these peecee’s.what i see in the future is that there will be no need for high end peecee’s for gaming. and there will be even less games on the peecee platforms. its more money to make on developing games on small mobile objects and consoles, its a fact.

    #9 9 months ago
  10. Llewelyn_MT

    You don’t need a high end PC to game on console level of detail. That’s what MS and Sony would like you to believe.

    #10 9 months ago
  11. sebastien rivas

    Guys we need PC in order to get next gen console or relevance to build newer console will slowly fade away.

    It is much like a catch me if you can situation where consumers are needed on PC in order to make technology advance “game-wise”. If no one buys PC then component R&D manufacturers die because they cannot wait 4 to 7 years.

    Look how many components ATI, Nvidia, Intel, AMD just to name a few come out every year with something shinier. Cut those sales away and there will not be anything shiny to catch onto anymore which would make a slight bump for the next gen console at an exhorbiting price.

    So cloud or no cloud, gaming industry have a good future and I am not worried unless you cut PC out of the gaming industry.

    #11 9 months ago