What you see above this sentence in that picture up there is the Fiona, an upcoming full gaming tablet by Razer, proudly playing Assassin’s Creed: Revelations. Of course, it will doubtlessly be insanely expensive, but the concept is still intact. All of a sudden, the idea of the not-yet-threatening mobile and tablet gaming industries - up until now so focused on cheap entertainment that could ever pass as gaming - seems a lot more, well…threatening.
This threatened sentiment is taken by Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli (the man is all over the place today), who believes consoles could be overtaken by gaming tablets if they don’t act soon to quash the threat.
Here’s the full quote:
“The current generations are drying out, and the longer we wait for the next generation of consoles, the higher the likelihood that they could fall behind tablets in terms of being the first thing people reach for when the time comes to play games. Tablets are putting pressure on the gaming industry, and taking over in some ways, so that should be kept in mind.”
It seems Yerli believes the solution is to enter the next console generation as soon as possible, lest console gaming be lost to tablets. But is this worry really worth the potential fear?
The answer is no and yes. If the question is about console gaming being overtaken by little apps and browser games (which so many in the industry assert will happen), then it’s a resounding “no”. I personally have stated many times why this isn’t possible - the markets for applications/mobile games and full console titles have minimal crossover and are in fact two separate entities. Console gaming simply can’t be killed off by Angry Birds.
Now, if the question is whether or not console gaming could lose out to a tablet like the Fiona pictured above, then the answer is a possible “yes”. Being able to play full PC games on the go sounds glorious, and you can’t argue the Fiona is certainly going to be a core gaming tablet. If something like this were cost-effective, could attach to your PC to trade games back and forth between them and had a way to hook up to the TV, then you could consider console gaming to be full and dead on the spot.
But that future is a long way off - while all of this is technologically possible, it would be horrifically expensive. We’ll have to wait and see how things evolve with time.
What do you think of this situation? Comment away!