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Nvidia: Next Generation of Gaming Consoles Will be the Last as Cloud Gaming Takes Over

September 21, 2012 Written by Alex Osborn

We all know that a new PlayStation and Xbox are currently in the works, but what about the next, next generation? Will we see a PlayStation 5 and Xbox 1080 down the road, or will the industry evolve beyond dedicated game consoles at that point?

Your guess is a good as ours, but Phil Eisler, the general manager of Nvidia GeForce Grid Cloud Gaming believes this upcoming generation will be the last. Speaking with VentureBeat, Eisler explained:

They say this is the last console, and I am certainly a believer in that. The last one is almost 10 years old now in terms of the technology. As we go through time, the good thing about cloud gaming is it’s going to get better every year. One of the reasons we’re investing in it is we see that there are some issues today, but they’re all solvable and they’re all moving in the right direction. Bandwidth is going up. The cost of server rooms is going down. We’re bringing latency down.

The experience will just get better and better every year, to the point where I think it will become the predominant way that people play games.

Eisler also brought up Sony’s recent purchase of Gaikai as evidence of the fast approaching future of cloud-based gaming. “Clearly Sony believes in it enough to put their $380 million dollars into [Gaikai]. That was equally supportive for those people that are pro-cloud gaming.”

Do you agree with Eisler’s reasoning, or is the PS5 almost certainly in Sony’s future?