Qualcomm president Cristiano Amon says that the PS5 and the Xbox are the last traditional video game consoles of this generation.
Cristiano Amon, the president of Qualcomm spoke to Gamerant yesterday and said the rise of video game streaming will mean that the PlayStation 5 and next Xbox will be the last home video game consoles ever produced.
There’s no question – in our view – that the cloud is the new console. You are just gonna start playing on any device, on any screen. That is going to be the future of gaming.
The technology Amon is referring to is what Google Stadia is going for. Amon’s view is that the ability to stream a high-quality video game in 60 frames per second on virtually any device, as long as the user has the Internet connection back it up, will render home videogame consoles useless.
That makes sense when you consider the portability of cloud gaming services such as Google Stadia and PlayStation Now. You don’t have to worry about setups, installations, hardware overheating, wires, discs, and console damage. It’s essentially pick up and play but for virtually any digital device you own.
However, you will have to worry about is lag and latency. Google has said that it will require a 25MB connection for Stadia to stream games in HD at 60 frames per second. Majority of places across the globe don’t have that bandwidth. That is where the PS5 and Xbox Anaconda might beat Google Stadia. You can never go wrong with pure hardware.
Even though Google Stadia packs a lot of specs and hardware, it still had some latency issues according to early reports. Videogame consoles don’t seem to be far behind Google Stadia in terms of specs. All rumors say that the PlayStation5 CPU will have 8 cores/16 threads at 3.2 GHz with a Zen2 architecture. The GPU will be a Navi-based with AMD next-gen featured at 12.6 to 14.2 teraflops with over 24GB of memory. Both PS5 and Xbox will use AMD hardware. All these specs will enable it to play games in 4K at 6FPS.
Although the future of gaming could be in cloud gaming services such as Google’s Stadia, there will always be players who simply lack access to them. Google Stadia might sound good on paper but in the practical world, it could even fail. Most people will always prefer consoles such as PlayStation and Xbox and PCs over cloud gaming. That’s just the way human beings are.