Gibeau: ‘Hard to conceive’ of what next-gen hardware might do

By Brenna Hillier
31 August 2011 01:12 GMT

EA Labels boss Frank Gibeau has said consumers are happy with curent consoles, and that this generation still has plenty of life in it.

“It’s hard for me to conceive what you would do on a PlayStation 4. The displays are already 1080p, you’re already connected to the internet. You could make it faster, you could have more polys and you could up the graphics a little bit, but at what cost?” the executive told CVG.

“It’ll be interesting to see how [Sony and Microsoft] think about it in terms of the next generation but it seems to me that customers are happy, and we’re happy to build games on [Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3] right now.”

Gibeau said the age of “big console transitions” – in which we could expect fresh, dramatically improved hardware around every eight years – is over, citing online capabilities as cause for the current generations potential longevity.

“One of the things that we like is that the technology is consistent, and we believe that there are still things that you can do on these systems,” he added.

“We haven’t quite squeezed the last once of hardware horsepower out of these things, as you can see with Battlefield 3. Frostbite 2 technology coming in can do some really interesting things that nobody is able to do, and you see some great stuff coming from our competitors too.”

Although he commented that he didn’t feel there is consumer demand for a new platform right now, Gibeau is pleased by the prospect of the Wii U.

“I like the fact that Nintendo’s coming in with new hardware. That’ll help really rev up their business for the HD side, which is where we’re in a really good position.”

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