The next console generation will be the last, says Crytek CEO

Tablets, smartphones and browser games 'will apply massive pressure on home systems'

The Wii U, PlayStation 4 and Xbox 720 will likely be the final trio of systems that close out a thirty-year era of home games consoles, according to the outspoken CEO of games outfit Crytek.


Cevat Yerli said it was commonplace to hear suggestions that the console will displace the PC, but to his mind the opposite is true.

"I suspect that the next-generation of home consoles will be the last one," the CEO told German games site Golem.

Yerli claimed that tablets, smartphones and browser-based games will apply "massive pressure" on consoles, due to the increasingly broadening casual market, as well as games that offer short bursts of play for the time-poor.

"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," Yerli said.

"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."

Elsewhere in the interview, Yerli claimed that cloud streaming services are flawed in how they appeal to customers who tend to be tech perfectionists.

"Hardcore gamers don't want [streamed games], but rather the hardware that they like - namely hardcore PC and consoles," he said.

"They want no compression artefacts, latency and the like. If one is streaming a game like Crysis, it does not look good. It's like watching Avatar in low-res on YouTube."