Nvidia exec says consoles will die

Posted by Trent Nouveau

Nvidia exec Phil Eisler says the next generation of consoles may very well be the last, as he believes cloud-based gaming is poised to supplant traditional console systems.

"They say this is the last console, and I am certainly a believer in that.  The last one is almost 10 years old now in terms of the technology. As we go through time, the good thing about cloud gaming is it's going to get better every year," Eisler, who manages Nvidia's GeForce Grid Cloud Gaming business, told VentureBeat

Nvidia exec says consoles will die

"One of the reasons we're investing in it is we see that there are some issues today, but they're all solvable and they're all moving in the right direction. Bandwidth is going up, the cost of server rooms is going down [and] we're bringing latency down. The experience will just get better and better every year, to the point where I think it will become the predominant way that people play games."

According to Eisler, the biggest barrier to cloud-based gaming has thus far been network latency. But the Nvidia exec claims cloud gaming is on the cusp of achieving latency times well below today's average console game.

"The average gamer playing on an Xbox today with a standard television is probably experiencing 150 to 200 milliseconds of latency and that's what they're used to playing with every day. People worry about the network latency, but actually, in the whole pipeline, it's the smallest piece," he explained.

"Our monitors that we work with today are under 10 milliseconds of latency. We think that, working with smart TV manufacturers, we'll be able to cut that time down. It's going to be possible very shortly to have a cloud-rendered experience that has lower latency than the current console plus standard television experience."

In other console news, Sony exec John Koller recently insisted that the PS3 has at least two or three more years of "strong" game releases ahead of it - even though the console is clearly approaching the end of its rather long-lived cycle. 

"[Yes], a lot of great content is coming. And over the next 2-3 years, the PS3 has got an incredible lineup. We're going to continue supporting the PS3 for the next few years. And we're going to continue supporting it not only that long, but as long as there is a development spigot that's running hot,” he told Gamespot.

"And I can tell you right now, the development spigot for PS3 is very hot. A lot of great games coming. Same thing with PS2... it's kind of stuck around as that old warrior, many years after its launch. But there's still games launching for it."