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PS4, Xbox One will soon face “fairly stiff competition” from new devices, says EA CEO

Wednesday, 4th December 2013 00:45 GMT By Brenna Hillier

EA CEO Andrew Wilson gives Microsoft and Sony just a few years grace before companies like Apple and Google make serious bids for living room dominance.

Speaking at the Credit Suisse 2013 Technology Conference, as reported by GamesIndustry, the executive said the PS4 and Xbox One won’t have time to rest on their laurels.

“Our market is evolving at a very, very, very rapid rate. I think that Microsoft and Sony have a real opportunity to build a strong following and a strong install base while they continue to be the single best way to get high fidelity, high definition interactive entertainment to your 80-inch television,” he said.

“If you think about Microsoft’s strategy – and I think Sony shares some of this in their long-term view, of being a broader entertainment device in your living room – I think they have that time. I think that three years from now, four years from now, they’re going to be under some fairly stiff competition for the living room, from mobile providers, from Apple, from Google, from Roku, from Comcast, to try and own that living room experience.”

Wilson reiterated EA’s commitment to be wherever gamers are; that’s next-gen boxes right now, but in five years time it could be anything.

“For us, we are less focused on the device and more focused on the modality of play because we think that will continue irrespective of what piece of technology is used to deliver the [content],” he said.

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10 Comments

  1. FuntimeBen

    Hey, that’ll be one more console for EA to release a buggy shit tested game for.

    (slow claps)

    #1 9 months ago
  2. Cort

    I remember being told that the PS3 and 360 would be the last of their kind and everybody would be gaming on their iPad.

    Well iPad users can keep Candy Crush and Fruit Ninja. Sony and MS just sold nearly four million consoles in a couple of days.

    #2 9 months ago
  3. Panthro

    The console and PC crowd would never move away from there consoles or PC’s, it just wont happen…

    I know I’ll never do it unless the power of a PC and the OS can actually be replicated 100% on a tablet, without all the closed platform bullshit which comes with tablets.

    As long as technology keeps evolving, the type of performance you could get from a tablet vs what you could get with a console/ PC will never be on par…

    Tablets are too thin to have any real power, sure they might get awesome graphics in the future but the tech under the consoles and PC will be getting better with them and tablets will never catch up unless we see another long console life cycle… they will still never be on par with an up to date PC though.

    #3 9 months ago
  4. mehran

    if Performance and ghz actually mattered, we would have more great games than we had before! but we don’t… so no, technology is merely an enabler, what a dumb-ass Dev makes with it is completely up to him.as for EA expect them to use these multitude of devices to make you buy multiple versions of the same game.

    #4 9 months ago
  5. gomersoul

    I don’t think people will stop buying ps/Ms products anytime soon. The fan base is too strong for anyone to challenge, Microsoft just released an inferior unfinished console but sold over a million on the Xbox name alone. Google and Apple etc have more to worry about trying to take on the console/hardcore gaming market.

    #5 9 months ago
  6. redwood

    edit0

    #6 9 months ago
  7. jonnymelamet

    I think there is a point here. Apple TV is already trying to compete to be the all in one device for your living room, releasing all of the apps that it can.

    It will definitely entice a large bunch of the non-gamers to adopt their technology.

    If they are able to draw even a couple of well known developers to make exclusives, which is possible considering their resources, it might even start to turn the more casual gamers away from the major two consoles.

    I am sure that if Google is working on a similar product that will retract the market share even more, based purely on the Google name.

    This is now a point in time where both the Xbox One and the PS4 have to begin a major evolution, due to the possibility of only retaining a core gaming audience will cripple any value that the two product have for maintaining their position on shelves of stores.

    If this scenario occurs these two products will be financially unsound investments for Microsoft and Sony, leading to the death of the products.

    #7 9 months ago
  8. redwood

    translation : we would like to focus on mobile cause the IAP model is more widely acceptable there.

    #8 9 months ago
  9. Erthazus

    PC has nothing to worry about. That’s the system that will survive everyone here on Vg247. Their kids will play PC games in over 9000K resolution where games like Star Sitizen will be a niche little indie games at that time. Lol

    #9 9 months ago
  10. The_Red

    I don’t think PS4 was meant to “dominate” living room the way this EA guy suggests. If anything, that is just a gaming console that Sony has made to make money from gamers.

    Maybe XB1 was designed to be the center of living room but even that can survive with the help of hardcore games. Apple and Google will not produce a Last of Us or Forza 4 anytime soon.

    #10 9 months ago

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