Ubisoft Believes Next Console Generation Will be the Last

Ubisoft's CEO thinks that cloud-based streaming is the inevitable future of gaming.

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has reason to believe that the next generation of consoles might be the last traditional generation of console releases.

“I think we will see another generation, but there is a good chance that step-by-step we will see less and less hardware,” said Guillemot in an interview with Variety. “With time, I think streaming will become more accessible to many players and make it not necessary to have big hardware at home…There will be one more console generation and then after that, we will be streaming, all of us.”

Guillemot has long been one of the industry figures who believe that the era of traditional video game console hardware is coming to an end. He’s previously stated that he thinks the generation of hardware after the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Wii U will be the last. In lieu of classic console design, he thinks that we’ll have devices designed to optimize cloud-based video game streaming. 

Interestingly, Guillemot sees the success of the Nintendo Switch as proof of his beliefs. He says that the “Nintendo Switch is the only platform delivering console-quality games that can be taken anytime, anywhere,” and that it has “much more to offer in terms of unique experiences.” 

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Not everyone believes that traditional consoles will go away quite so soon, but there is evidence that the winds of change are blowing. We’ve already spoken about how Microsoft’s future in gaming might revolve almost entirely around Xbox Game Pass or a similar service. While Xbox’s Phil Spencer says that he’d like to see hardware continue to evolve, you also have to remember that they originally intended for the Xbox One to revolve almost entirely around digital game delivery. 

In any case, we’d certainly be surprised if the console generation after the next didn’t greatly emphasize the benefits of cloud-based gaming, even if they don’t entirely abandon the conventions of modern consoles.