We know that cloud gaming will change everything, although some people are jumping on the bandwagon with big ideas like MW3 will mark the end of console gaming as we know it. The fact is this is just not going to happen, well not that fast anyway.
The Facebook and Google+ games are good fun and help you connect with friends and family to compare scores both easily, and cheaply but the hardcore gamers, and there are millions of them, are not ready to give up console gaming just yet. You can’t compare a flash game to the latest offerings on the Xbox 360 and PS3, and while companies like Zynga are building massive success it will not end console gaming alone.
At EuroGamer in the UK we got to have a play with OnLive, a new cloud gaming platform, and since then we’ve been playing in the office via our review unit. The dashboard for OnLive is impressive, playing demos with the click of a button rather than downloading them is impressive, but the graphics are still way off what a graphics hungry PS3/Xbox 360 gamer would want.
We’re at the beginning of a massive movement to cloud services, including gaming and the growth and technical advancements will continue, but until the responsiveness and graphics improve a lot more, console gaming will remain the favorite for hardcore gamers.
When we look at the millions of gamers that will buy the Xbox 720 and PS4 when they release in the next couple of years, these people will be looking for next-gen features and graphics that go way beyond the current generation. When these consoles release the market will have changed a lot, and cloud gaming will be a big part of it. We expect cloud-based services to eat into Sony and Microsoft sales, but we’re at least two generations away from anything that can seriously take on the hardcore games systems.
The real game changer will come if the Xbox 720 and PS4 include heavy cloud based gaming into their new systems.
What are your feelings about current cloud gaming services, and do you see them replacing your current or future Sony and Microsoft consoles? What do you make of these wild claims that the next Call of Duty game will mark the end of this era of games console?