Crysis developer Crytek has predicted the death of consoles following the arrival of next-generation platforms.
CEO Cevat Yerli stressed that the industry and market is changing, resulting in gamers wanting more easily-accessible and short gaming experiences. He predicted that smartphones and tablets, which have already seen phenomenal growth, as well as browser-based games will pile "massive pressure" on next-gen consoles.
"The console will displace the PC, you hear it again and again. On the contrary: I suspect that the next-generation of home consoles will be the last one. 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. 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."
Yerli said Crytek has no current plans for the PlayStation Vita and Nintendo's next-gen console, the Wii U:
"For the Wii U, there will be games that run on the CryEngine, but from licensees. The PlayStation Vita is currently too uncertain for us as a platform. Technically, I find the Vita very appealing, and have fun with it – no question. From a business perspective it is a bit too late."
There's been an increased amount of speculation regarding Sony announcing a purchase of cloud gaming company Gaikai. Yerli, however, believes that although the firms who have offered streaming games services should be commended, the service is not at a stage where it can meet the demands of the hardcore PC gamer market, nor can current Internet technology become fully compatible with the service:
"Hardcore gamers don’t want [streamed games], but rather the hardware that they like – namely hardcore PC and consoles. 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.”
Crytek's Crysis 3 releases during the spring of 2013, while the company is also working on THQ's Homefront 2.