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.