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''Future consoles will be inside Smart TVs'' - EA Games

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We know that technology is moving at a rapid rate and we know that in a few years time we will most likely be moving away from having an actual console in our TV cabinet. With cloud services growing, the need for actual hardware to power a video game when you have cloud power makes the experience a lot easier and cheaper. 

Interestingly enough, EA believes that in around 10 years time, consoles may be built into smart TVs. Now don't get it twisted, this does not mean your PS4 Pro will be stuffed into your Samsung QLED but rather your Smart TV will be able to deliver cloud-based gaming through a specialized chip inside the display. 

In an interview with GamesIndustry, EA's Executive Vice President of Strategic Growth Matt Bilbey talked about the opportunities that would be available once cloud gaming becomes a service everyone can have access too. Matt believes that instead of actually buying consoles and hardware, you will simply launch an app to stream your games directly to the TV as if you were actually playing on a console. 

The console makers are smart groups. I think they’ll find new roles that consoles can play in people’s lives. And it could be that the console actually exists in the smart TV. Or the next PlayStation just exists on your phone, and that then pushes the experience to all the different screens you have access to.

We have seen this already starting with the NVIDIA Shield compatible displays that were announced earlier in 2018. The TVs were giant 65-inch monitors with 4K HDR support and an NVIDIA Shield chip built into it. While it is still a few years away until that becomes a consumer-ready device, it is a glimpse of what is possible going forward.

Matt also shared some info on the future of EA's biggest gaming engine, Frostbite. In the interview, Matt hinted that the engine is currently being upgraded to allow for the creation of user-generated content. 

Working with EA Chief Design Officer Patrick Söderlund and his team, if we’re able to give accessibility and a level of creation within our games for kids or adults to create their own content, I think that’s probably a bigger opportunity over the next 10 years than us saying we’re going to do a PvZ movie. That will inspire a completely new generation or demographic into gaming, who will want to create rather than play and compete. And EA Chief Technology Officer Ken Moss and his team are looking at how we can continue to evolve Frostbite to allow that creation opportunity for our games.

Best start a savings pocket now to gather money to afford this future tech as it seems that in 10-years time we may be splurging on a specific TV to play PlayStation 6 on. In the meantime, I suggest we enjoy the life of consoles. I don't know what meaning my life would have if I could not buy an awesome-looking console like that limited edition PS4 Pro.

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