Michael Pachter No Longer Thinks This Is The Last Generation of Consoles

‘I’ve misstated this in the past.’

Posted By | On 23rd, Dec. 2015 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605


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Michael Pachter has famously said that this current generation of consoles will be the last generation of consoles, predicting that the rise of smart devices will ultimately overwhelm and overtake present day gaming trends. However, it appears as though the continued success of the PS4 and Xbox One has made him change his mind, because he no longer believes this will be the last generation of consoles- just the last successful one.

“You know, I have probably misstated this in the past,” Pachter said.” I’ve called this the last console cycle. I don’t think this is the last time Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo make a console. I think this is the last and most successful console cycle. The next one will come; it won’t be as successful. The next one after that will come and it won’t be as successful as the next one. And they’ll just keep diminishing because I don’t think there’s a reason to upgrade.”

To be fair, he attempted to use a reasonable line of thinking to establish why this is it- and the reason, according to him, is the law of diminishing returns on game performance and visual fidelity, which we have already started to see this generation.

“If all you do on your PC is word-processing, do you really need to upgrade your microprocessor? And the answer is no, you don’t, and you won’t. I mean a 3.5 gigahertz CPU is plenty fast for word-processing. None of us can type as fast as that thing can process, so what’s the point? I think that’s what happens with consoles.”

I mean, yeah, I’d have agreed with him is the PS4 and Xbox One weren’t struggling to run even basic games at over 30FPS. They may have hit the right image quality this time around- but as their performance shows us consistently, there is invariably room for improvement going forward.


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  • GHz

    Ok, Michael Pachter finally gets it. Well sort of. As long as there are new technologies that helps to improve the experience of gaming, gamers will line up, cash in hand, to pay for that experience. And we’re talking visual experience in all of its categories. I respect Pachter, but he’s old and is trapped in the 90’s. He cannot see beyond that point.

    • Alistein

      Agreed. We need a new analysts.

  • polysix

    Patcher needs to STFU. His predictions are guesses at best and nothing gamers themselves can’t imagine/predict (then back track on like Patcher himself when things don’t seem to be going the way he thought).

    • Mark

      Haha yup

  • lagann

    “I mean, yeah, I’d have agreed with him is
    the PS4 and Xbox One weren’t struggling to run even basic games at over
    30FPS. They may have hit the right image quality this time around- but
    as their performance shows us consistently, there is invariably room for
    improvement going forward.”

    One of the few times i agree with Pramath here.

    Consoles are not even close to reaching diminishing returns here. CPU and GPU tech have plateau some but this is for the desktop….which is many many times more powerful than consoles right now.

    With 4k Tv’s, AR, and VR tech….this industry will keep pushing for more power. Even if I find it hard to see how next gen consoles can reach 4k 60fps at a reasonable price….consoles manufacturers will somehow need to do it by the year 2020.


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