Next-generation consoles, like the Xbox 720, have been put into question as to whether or not they will end up being the final round of systems, but an Epic Games developer believes gamers have too much of need for consoles to become obsolete.
According to a report from Gamasutra on Friday, Epic Games’ Tim Sweeney said core gamers aren’t changing much and there is still a major difference between putting a title on a mobile device versus a console.
“The platform equation is getting a lot more interesting nowadays, but gamers aren’t changing that much.
“There are still hardcore gamers who want to play games where you sit down and have a very immersive experience for two or three hours at a time, and the iPad just isn’t a good device for that. It’s too small. It’s not enough of a viewing window, and the sound isn’t moving around you.
“But I think you’re seeing at the core, as we improve graphics on all platforms, there’s still going to be a difference for the sort of game you design for iPad versus console or PC.
“It’s a very different scope and scale, and I don’t envision the core experience that you have playing a game like ‘Gears of War’ or ‘World of Warcraft’ going away.
“I think consoles are basically just a mechanism for playing games on your TV when you want to sit back on your couch and have an awesome game experience. That’s very different from sitting at your computer: better in some ways and worse in some ways,” Sweeney said.
Sweeney said the biggest question is what platform will gamers end up choosing, and that there is some truth to the theory of these next systems being the final generation.
“There is no question of whether gamers are going away; the question is, do they move to different platforms? There’s some plausibility in that, but the console is a very immersive way to play games.
“They’re more immersive than sitting in a chair in front of your computer with a mouse in a bright room. I have a hard time seeing that experience going away, but I think a lot of these games that are being developed now exclusively for console are going to become more important also on the PC.
“Most of the companies shipping games on console are also shipping them on the PC — and doing extraordinarily well, especially through services like Steam, where it’s all online and there’s no hassle of going into a retail store. So certainly the PC will be a growing part of the new ecosystem,” Sweeney said.