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EA Says Next Generation of Consoles to Usher in ‘Golden Age’ of Gaming

November 2, 2012 Written by Jesse Meikle

Between the Vita failing (despite being everything a traditional gamer wants in a portable console), and casual smartphone/Facebook gaming seemingly taking over – there’s a lot of gloom and doom in the air.

But the President of EA Labels, Frank Gibeau, has some very optimistic things to say about the future of gaming. In an interview with GI.biz, Frank Gibeau spoke about the promising future the next console generation holds:

I’ve been in the industry for a fair bit of time, and looking at the chaos that people perceive is happening out there right now, frankly, from my perspective, the underlying opportunities are so huge that we’re about to embark on a whole new golden age of gaming.

Frank Gibeau continued to talk about the current state of console gaming:

This is the longest cycle that any of us have ever seen, and we’re at the point where a little bit of fatigue has set in, and people are wondering what they can possibly do next. I’ve seen the machines that we’re building games for, and they’re spectacular.

And with new hardware, of course, comes original new games! Gibeau justified the sequel-centric nature of EA lately by stating:

The time to launch an IP is at the front-end of the hardware cycle, and if you look historically the majority of new IPs are introduced within the first 24 months of each cycle of hardware platforms.

Sony hasn’t officially commented on the PS3′s successor, but I’m definitely excited for this so called “golden age” of consoles. That being said, bare in mind who is labeling the next generation as a golden age, I can only imagine that current consumer plights, like inappropriate DLC, will only be exacerbated in the next console cycle.

What do you think the future holds for PlayStation?

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