Crytek: “Next Generation Of Consoles Will Be The Last”

June 4, 2012

In an interview with German website Golem, Crytek’s CEO Cevat Yerli has made his doubts about the future of hardcore console gaming clear. He said:

“The console will displace the PC, you hear it again and again. On the contrary, I suspect that the next-generation of home consoles will be the last one. Of course there are still hardcore gamers who sit for an hour to install and then play for eight hours. But these consumers are becoming the minority. Today’s gamers buy a game for 99 cents, download it and play it for 15 to 20 minutes per day over a period of two months – and then they move on.”

Tying in with this statement, he also revealed that although CryEngine licensees are making games for Nintendo’s upcoming Wii U console, Crytek themselves are not planning on doing any in-house development for it. He brought up the topic of Sony’s new handheld as well:

“The Playstation Vita is currently too uncertain for us as a platform. Technically, I find the Vita very appealing, and have fun with it – no question. From a business perspective, it is a bit too late.”

Although cloud gaming could be considered as a potential solution to the console vs PC argument, as a platform for hardcore gaming, he believes that there’s still too many issues with internet speeds, compression and latency. His overwhelming feeling was that mobile games are the only sure future for gaming. Fittingly, Crytek have just released their first mobile game, a physics based puzzle title called Fibble for iOS and Android. Agree with him? Disagree? Let us know in the comments section, or on the forums.