Tablet Graphics Rivaling PS4/Xbox One Is Not Much of A Stretch, End of Consoles is Exaggerated: Unity

David Helgason talks about the future of graphics on tablets and why console gaming isn’t going anywhere.

Posted By | On 08th, Oct. 2013 Under News

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For all the hype that next gen consoles like the PS4 and Xbox One garner, there’s been plenty of discussion about the advancing technology for smartphones and tablets. We caught up with Founder CEO of Unity Technologies David Helgason to discuss the chances of mobiles rivaling graphics on the PS4/Xbox One five years from now, along with other improvements to be expected.

Helgason stated that, “I don’t really think that’s much of a stretch. Improvement of mobile technology is increasing as such a rapid pace that even if they’re not as powerful as PS4 or Xbox One, they’ll certainly be more powerful than the current generation of consoles.”

When asked if he says a day when mobiles become the de facto platform for gaming, and whether we were currently on the second-last, if not last, cycle of consoles, Helgason stated, “The death or end of consoles is greatly exaggerated. There is a lot of money to be found in consoles and gamers commit to making more of an investment in them, which means they’ll continue to purchase games for them.

“However, I think mobile gaming will inspire the next-generation of consoles to be open, less expensive and include fun games from smaller developers. We’re going to start seeing better control solutions, including gamepad controllers for mobile devices, that will certainly push mobile even farther into the realm of consoles as well, especially as mobile games and apps are more easily displayed on big TVs in the living room. I do think it will be some time before the hardcore gamers used to their home console systems will become true believers in mobile.”

With processors such as the Tegra 4 and Snapdragon 800 bringing us that much closer, it’s definitely a given that we’ll be seeing more blockbuster titles similar to Deus Ex: The Fall for mobiles. What are your thoughts on mobiles overtaking consoles? Let us know in the comments.

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  • henrik

    I think it will be closer to 3 years for mobile games to be comparable to PS4 or XB1.
    Of coarse if there is more advances in battery tech that will make a big difference as well

  • dirkradke

    Everyone is always talking about how PC gaming is dead, console gaming is dead, and everyone is either Zombies or dead. It’s irritating and guess what the consoles are still here. Console gaming is primarily about the games, but it isn’t just graphics, story or game play. It is about how you interact with the game such as how you use the controller to manipulate and interact with the game. While tablets and even PCs might have better graphics and even some gaming specific controllers such as a Flight Stick or Gun Mouse there really hasn’t been much movement in this area except when it’s being used on a gaming console not a tablet, laptop, smartphone or PC. For gaming to eclipse on these devices they can’t just make a great game because interaction and how people enjoy the game is just as important. Another example: while I might play solitaire or tetris on a smartphone, the larger screen of a PC or even the gaming console is far superior. So the smartphone is a diversion, but the preference is the gaming console.


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