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Ubisoft CEO says the future of gaming is through streaming

In the future 'we will have a better experience streaming something' than gaming on a console, says Ubisoft boss

By: Anthony Garreffa from Aug 28, 2018 @ 23:33 CDT

Sony is hard at work with AMD on the next-gen PlayStation 5 which will be powered by the Navi GPU architecture, something AMD gave up a considerable number of its RTG engineers for, but Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot thinks the future isn't hardware... and that it's all about game streaming.

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During an interview with IGN at Gamescom 2018, Guillemot said he sees the future of home gaming will be through streaming. He explains: "Technology is actually going in that direction. The machines will be more powerful and the system to transfer data will be more efficient, so at one point, we will have a better experience streaming something than having to buy a machine and change the machine regularly".

Guillemot continued: "I think it's difficult to say today, but what we see is there's a trend," he explained. "Before, it was not necessary to be connected. Today, as games [evolve] over time, 95 percent or even 98 percent of the people that play our games are constantly taking the free maps or the new events, the updates we do on a regular basis".

Ubisoft can see the writing on the wall for physical consoles, within the 12-24 month release period of the next-gen PS5. What will the PS6 be like, if it's even a physical console at that point? I don't see it happening as quick as they say, but it's definitely an option if consoles turn into an app on our mobile devices or on our Windows-powered PCs.

Here are some concerns:

  • Not everyone has good enough internet bandwidth
  • Bandwidth caps need to be removed/free quota for game downloads/streaming
  • Latency needs to be 0 or as close to it as possible
  • VR gaming will be difficult with game streaming (maybe?)
  • What about 4K 120Hz+ game streaming? Will I need 1Gbps internet?
  • What about 4K/8K textures? Surely this can't be streamed
NEWS SOURCES:au.ign.com

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