Thursday, August 25, 2016

Game consoles, it is (almost) the end?

Today, we took gradually the habit of consuming cultural goods into dematerialized versions. There already had music with MP3 and iTunes (Deezer, Spotify ...), movies and series that appeared on our consoles and Internet Box with VOD and video games began to be available various stores (PS Store, Steam, Xbox Live, ...) into digital versions, and finally applications replay and Netflix.

More recently, we had the right software via the cloud, as well as video games that work, not thanks to our PC, but via remote servers: first on web browsers, then the Box and Broadband finally, with the cloud gaming service OnLive type or even the Playstation Now (former Gaikai). Until recently, Microsoft to begin offering the reality helmet HoloLens increased, which pushes the concept further: its just the opportunity to have a tablet, a PC and a TV in dematerialized version that is offered thanks to increased their reality helmet. At present, it would be possible to consider in the near future, our consoles down to give way to cloud gaming services?

Yes, this is possible:

Devices enabling cloud gaming have already invested our homes: the Apple TV, the old PC (or office), tablets, our old consoles (PS3 / Xbox 360 / Xbox One / PS4 / PS Vita), smartphones or PHABLET, connected TV and the internet Box ...

With this installed base is absolutely huge, actors sectors will be able to touch a mass of potential customers of several million people in J - 0.

The price will also be an argument there will be no need to put 400 euros in a console every 4 years: it will be the service providers who need to upgrade the hardware. For us players, it simply enough with an Internet connection and a device to enjoy games on our screens. In addition, the purchase of a game hardly exist anymore: it will be the location, either a complete catalog of bouquets, or renting a game for several hours. Buying games more concern than those with long life (FIFA, CoD, multi games, rpg, mmorpg, ...).

The internets connection quality are essential to this development, and for the moment, we are not so bad as long in France: nearly 5 million French have fiber and almost 23 million are broadband.

We will have the opportunity to try the beginning of a game, for free, without charge, in less than 5 minutes, while staying on her couch with a green glass canister in hand (a cliché, I admit) .