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Tablets more powerful than consoles within four years, says EA

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EA Games believes tablets could be more powerful than the Xbox One or PS4 within four years.

According to Electronic Arts CFO Blake Jorgenson, tablets will be more powerful than “a typical games console” within three or four years.

Speaking during the 2015 Technology, Internet and Media Conference, Jorgensen states that tablets as gaming devices are growing in popularity, they will occupy a more meaningful part of the company going forwards.

“What gets us the most excited is the power, the computing power, of mobile devices and the speed at which that’s growing”, said Jorgensen. “What that might mean is that a tablet, three or four years from now, has more power than what a typical console has. And that will open up a whole new set of people to console-style games that are much more immersive, much deeper, much more character-driven than simply a static mobile game that you might play for a small burst of time while you’re waiting for the bus.”

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“And so we’re looking for ways that we can essentially blend those two models to have a more immersive but moveable game experience. Could be in your living room, could be on the bus, or it could be in a friend’s house. Much more portable than it is today. And that for us is a huge opportunity.”

That could mean we will see more console like mobile games from EA in the near future, especially under existing game franchise names like Battlefield, FIFA or even Mass Effect.

Of course, that’s not to say that EA is shying away from traditional platforms like the Xbox One and PS4. The publisher has already confirmed it will launch Battlefield 5 in 2016 and has other games in the pipeline, such as Mass Effect 4 and the new BioWare IP.

Pbryanw

February 10, 2015, 12:20 pm

In a few years time we might have tablets that are equal to consoles, but they'll still be limited by the gaming experience a touchscreen interface can provide.

Maybe if tablets do become as powerful as consoles, then hybrids like the Nvidia Shield Tablet, which are sold with a seperate controller, will become more common?

Tom

February 10, 2015, 12:27 pm

Well they're not wrong! Considering tablets you can pick up today are capable of playing games with graphics that are pretty comparable to (early) Xbox 360 games/PS3 games like X-Com or Radiation Island, the main issue will always be storage with games on PS4 and Xbox One taking up tens of gigabytes, that and playing console games on a touchscreen device is never as good an experience, and that TBH mobile gaming is more about "quick enjoyment" in bursts rather than longer game experiences you get with console games

It would be great to see developers start to integrate smartphones/tablets into console gaming, since most people now have a smartphone/tablet and streaming of gameplay is starting to take off, being able to use your smartphone/tablet as a personal screen when playing multiplayer FPS with friends, with the TV showing either the main map or replaying funny, clips would be brilliant fun. Or having mobile apps/games that link in to the console game in some way, like GTA 5 did with their fun app where you could train the dog whilst you were away from the console. Apps like that a better designed for mobile use, but keep you engaged with the game

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February 11, 2015, 6:04 pm

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