What Comes Next For Video Game Consoles

Based on the success of the PS4 and Xbox One it is unlikely video game consoles are going anywhere. But what will come next?

It is impossible to know what exactly will follow the latest generation of consoles, but we have found out that this question is something that big publishers like EA think about. Speaking at the UBS Global Technology Conference in San Francisco today, EA’s CFO Blake Jorgensen revealed that thinking about “what is the next console” is something that EA do often consider.

“We believe that deep, immersive gaming is something that consumers are always going to want to do… The question becomes, ‘What’s the method in which they do that?’ We don’t believe that everyone is going to go to casual gaming only and leave deep immersive gaming that they have. The trend has never shown that. I think the question becomes, ‘What happens to the next console? What is the next console?’ ‘Who produces the next console?'”

Jorgensen went on to reveal that the long life-cycle of the video game console is “odd” in a world of ever evolving technology and that someone like Apple or Google may be the next company to “go after gaming.” It is definitely an interesting conversation to have, the market has remained relatively the same over the past 20 years — a standalone unit that plays physical game media. Digital and online functions have obviously been a large influence over the past 5+ years, but where will that trend take us? I definitely don’t think this is the final generation of video game consoles as we know them but after that, who knows.

Naughty Dog has also been discussing the future but this time more specifically regarding their games on the PS4. In a recent interview with Finder, community strategist Arne Meyer was asked if the studio plans to release more PS4 games after the release of Uncharted 4 next year.

“I would hope so… I would hope we would release a game pretty soon. Our development cycles aren’t too long, and I have no idea how long this console generation really is going to last, but, yeah, there’s no doubt it should be in this console generation for sure.”

I would have thought it was pretty obvious that The Last Of Us 2 will already be in the pipeline, probably for a 2018 release. At that stage the generation will only be five years old, and I can’t imagine anything changing before then. The question that excites me the most is ‘what will we see Naughty Dog do after The Last Of Us 2?’

Mass Effect Andromeda may not be coming for another year, but fans of the series may have already discovered the name of the next protagonist. An eagle-eyed fan over on Reddit has pointed out the name on a dog tog 44 seconds into the N7 Day trailer. It appears to show the name “RYDER” or “RIDER” according to the fan. He goes on to point out that the character could be names after Sally Ride, the first American woman in space. This logic would make sense considering that our previous protagonist, Commander Shepard, was named after Alan Shepard, the first American man in space. If this turns out to be true then fair play to Benelioto. Even looking at the still image I struggle to see anything!

By now, millions of you are several hours into Fallout 4 and enjoying everything that the wasteland has to over. Well a word of warning to all gamers as there is a game-breaking bug out there. As reported on the official forums, this bug occurs on a settlement quest that takes players to Mosignor Plaza. When attempting to travel to this location, several players have had their game crash without warning. The error is being reported on all three platforms so you may wish to avoid this quest until such time that Bethesda can release an update. I wouldn’t worry too much, there is still plenty to do in the meantime!

The final news story of the day reveals another exciting feature to come to the latest Xbox One experience. Up until now, button remapping for the Xbox One was exclusively reserved for Microsoft‘s new Elite controller, however this feature is now available on the standard controller. In a post by Major Nelson, the mapping isn’t quite as extensive as the Elite controller offers but you are now able to swap the assignments of buttons. While this isn’t something that I am overly fussed about using, I do like that Microsoft continue to add new features to their console. It really is a much improved experience when I compare it to Day One.

That’s your lot. Until tomorrow,

Matt