It’s not a prediction, but the eighth generation of video game consoles, i.e. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, might be the last.
I figure streaming devices like PlayStation TV – or even future smart TVs – will replace video game consoles in the living room (and elsewhere).
In other words, streaming games over a broadband connection is the future. And the future is now. The technology is here: the game runs remotely on hardware in a data center, and only the visuals and sound are sent in real-time to the player’s budget system.
Sony already launched PlayStation Vita TV in Japan last November, bringing games, movies, and music and remote access to the PS4 on a shared local Wi-Fi network via Remote Play.
PlayStation TV is a small micro-console box with support for PlayStation Now streaming service (which access PS3 games), PS Vita, PSP and PlayStation One classics.
And its potential might just be the death of video game consoles as we’re used to know ‘em.
Specs and Features
PlayStation TV has a quad-core processor, 1GB of internal memory and supports video output of 720p/1080i. In essence, it’s a stationary version of the PlayStation Vita. It also supports Bluetooth 2.1 and Wi-Fi 802.11n, HDMI, Ethernet, USB and Sony’s proprietary Vita memory card slot. It supports both DualShock 3 and 4 controllers.
At launch (beta use on July 31, 2014 in the US) PlayStation TV will grant consumers access to nearly a thousand games. Device due for launch in Europe this fall.
A blueprint of the video game console killer I’m talking of, is a standalone model – let’s call it PlayStation TV 2. It should support all the current features and then some. Send even higher resolution with no noticeable render downsampling or compression; an evolved system with relevant content. Flawless integration with PlayStation Now, that should include all future games.
Now, how does that sound to you?