The future of gaming consoles – full smartphone integration
Roughly 11 years ago, I wrote about OBI (One Box Integration) where the gaming console will assume the other functions that occupied the living room at that time. It would become the video DVD player, stream music, stream content, provide entertainment beyond games etc. Turns out this was pretty on target and Microsoft even called their yet to be released gaming console the “Xbox One.” Pretty coincidental isn’t it?
Today, I am going to touch upon the route that gaming consoles will take over the next 10 years. The gaming consoles of tomorrow will utilize SPIA (Smartphone Integrated Architecture).
Consoles don’t have the product and update cycle that mobile phones currently do. Some manufactures are on a 10 month update cycyle, and about 98% of the current manufactures have an annual one. A console can go years and years without a new model being produced. This means that consoles fall by the wayside compared to mobile phones.
Smartphones today have serious CPU in them, some with 8GB RAM – good GPUs and more. Over the coming years the smartphone will become even more powerful. It would be absurdly naive if console manufacturers don’t start to think about ways to physically integrate the two pieces of hardware.
The future PlayStation and Xbox will in essence become docking stations for your mobile phone. The mobile phone will provide the brains and the “guts” of the system. The docking station will provide all the necessary outputs, and other hardware to allow for video alternative, VR, gamepads, drives, and storage. But, it will be the inserted / connected mobile smartphone that would run the show.
With the integration of smartphones into consoles it will allow developers to fully utilize the current tech and prowess of the future smartphone. It will also allow users to play traditional mobile App games, casual games etc on their “insert future monitor here.” The game app segment continues to grow and this is one way that console manufacturers could capitalize on this market.
The power of smartphones will continue to increase, and if the future goes according to the above – you’ll also see smartphones that are specifically designed to get the most out of your console unit.
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