The game industry has been trying to get into Game Streaming services with Sony going strong with its PS Now service which is a Game Streaming service and ex-PlayStation boss, Andrew House, has noted that it will be gaming’s next “inflection point”.
Speaking during Gamesbeat Summit, Andrew House talked about the near-term future of video game consoles and highlighted that Game Streaming will be the next “inflection point” for the video game industry.
If you look back at console gaming history, there are certain inflection points that allow for the industry to be upended and for new participants to emerge. One of those is when you have a wholesale shift in the distribution method.
In content-based industries, that is what is creating barriers to entry for people to come in. So, other than the technical challenges, there’s no reason why game streaming can’t be present in games in the same way that we have seen in the music and film and television industries.
He further talked about the evolution of PlayStation console before making his point about Game Streaming.
According to House, the first PlayStation was popular because of its 3D capabilities and partly because of it moving away from expensive cartridges and towards CDs which were cheaper.
He said that “Streaming could be the next inflection point but the business model has to be thought through.”
Speaking of Streaming services, Microsoft is also aiming to get into the cloud market as the company has formed a new Cloud Gaming Division following the success of PS Now.
Also, according to Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata, the next Xbox and PlayStation will completely be cloud-based. According to Tabata, the game consoles will evolve and follow the steps of the film and music industry which has embraced the streaming services.
While cloud-based console or streaming services seem to be the futuer of video games but, the main hurdle to achieve this goal is the internet connection because not everyone has a fast itnernet that can run games through cloud.
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