Twitch Predicts the End of the Console Generation

The boss of Twitch predicts that the era of consoles is coming to an end.

Xbox or Playstation? The ultimate, seemingly never ending war, may soon come to a halt if you ask Emmet Shear, the boss of the largely successful live streaming site called Twitch. According to him, the Xbox One and the Playstation 4 are most likely going to be the last couple of dedicated gaming consoles made, purely because of their inability to keep up with the pace of new technology.

Shear predicts that in the future, these consoles will turn into simple set-up boxes where they house many different forms of entertainment for the family. “They’re going to have to change form,” he said. “You can already see this on both Xbox and Playstation where there’s a tighter upgrade loop for both the operating systems and the games."

He also predicts that soon, an update will appear for both of the major consoles, allocating more memory while increasing the speed of each system. After these changes, the market will turn into the mobile phone and tablet market today. Shear believes that fresher iterations of past advancements will come out in shorter time periods to make up for how fast technology can advance.

Even with his doubts about the consoles future, there is no denying that the implementations of the Twitch App on each console have helped skyrocket the number of users on Twitch; “The consoles have been huge for us – they drive a ton of broadcasting.”

Though Shear does remind the audience that most of the top end broadcasting does have to come from PC's, he acknowledges the fact of how many people were able to get started streaming through their consoles. Shear would like to improve the experience of the console solution for Twitch, but there is only so much that they can do with the limitations of the older platform.

Published Mar. 24th 2015
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  • Stan Rezaee
    Featured Contributor
    You will always need the consoles because not everyone can be part of the Glorious PC Master Race.
  • Victor Ren
    Haha I started out with a console, and still love playing on them. Without the consoles a huge chunk of the gaming culture will be in a really tough spot in my opinion.
  • topher339
    I very much doubt that this will be the last generation of consoles. Both consoles are selling well. The One and the 360 both sold about the same in the first year of production with the One selling only a little less. I imagine it's about the same for Sony. As consoles add new features they attract larger audiences. They're not going anywhere anytime soon.
  • Victor Ren
    I can see your point, also adding on with the blockbuster exclusives on each side, I think consoles will be relevant for a while.
  • The Slow Gamer
    I don't think this is news to Microsoft and Sony... or anyone, really. Consoles have been incorporating media functions from way back, to be an entertainment centre rather than just a game machine.
  • Victor Ren
    Yeah, I actually like how both of the consoles are attracting a bigger audience in to buy them. Also I think the boss was leaning toward the fact that consoles are not going to be as huge for gaming as they were in the past, now, or even farther down the road, they might not even be relevant for serious gamers. For example, companies that focus on consoles, for example Rockstar, may not in the future. And the shock value is there, especially since these statements are being made by such an influential figure in the community.
  • Elijah Beahm
    Featured Columnist
    ...PS4 and Xbox One are "old" now? I can't help but also feel a bit hesitant at the idea of consoles becoming like the phone and tablet market. I'm fine with consistent, every few year hardware releases.
  • Victor Ren
    Same. I feel like releasing new consoles every year is way too much, and will push people away from the idea of how simple consoles are suppose to be. Although the idea of "old" hardware is hard to grasp, I was watching a video a while back about the hardware in consoles, and how some games like AC and Far Cry do have to be toned back for them to run smoothly. At least from what I have seen in the past two years, consoles have not been able to keep up with how fast technology can advance. How this would affect Sony and Microsoft is up for them to decide, but I know both of them want the best gaming experience on their respective side.
  • thatzacdavis
    Featured Contributor
    The consoles were outdated when they were announced in terms of specs compared to a gaming computer.
  • Victor Ren
  • Victor Ren
    Yeah, and I think that's something that they will always have to live with, PC hardware has the benefit of fresher parts every year.

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