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Next generation of gaming consoles could fit in your pocket

John Gaudiosi | May 26, 2014
The rise of mobile gaming and the proliferation of free-to-play games on PC, mobile, and consoles has ushered in a transition that could very well spell the death knell for the traditional oversized box that sits beneath your HD TV

Another sign the game is changing: Microsoft's recent decision to cut the entry-level price price of its Xbox One console. "I would argue it is the beginning of the end for consoles," Rehbock said. "Nvidia or Qualcomm can work with a company and make a device that works as a handheld or on a big screen or on the PC. From a consumer standpoint, it's liberating because when they make a purchase it's going to work everywhere. This is honestly what everybody has been asking for since the Atari 2600. And we're finally almost there. That's the part that's so exciting and so liberating from a game development and a publisher standpoint."

Xbox One and PS4 will be around for the better part of the next decade with support from Microsoft and Sony, but the odds of a PlayStation 5 being designed to only sit beneath your TV are slim to none. It's likely these two consumer electronics giants, which already have their hands in mobile, will evolve with the times. But what they're facing off against now are devices that are more affordable, more powerful and more upgradeable than anything ever seen in the past.


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