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Qualcomm president says PS5, next Xbox will be last of their kind

Published: 11:10, 11 April 2019
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Qualcomm's president Cristiano Amon has recently chimed in on the state of the console market, claiming that PlayStation 5 and the next Xbox will be the last in line of traditional consoles, as the market moves closed to game streaming.

"There's no question, in our view, that the cloud is the new console", Amon said, which seems to echo Google's sentiment, what with their announcement of Google Stadia .

"You are just gonna start playing on any device, on any screen", he added, which he is certain will be "the future of gaming".

With that in mind, Amon expects Microsoft and Sony to deliver their last traditional consoles in the next cycle.

Traditional consoles have always had one thing you could not emulate with smaller devices - computing power, but that time is coming to pass too.

In fact, many joked how Google won the console war without a console, as Stadia offers 10.7 teraflops of raw GPU power, which is more than PS4 Pro and Xbox One X combined.

Microsoft and Sony are apparently trying to beat Stadia's GPU processing power , but it's more likely that they'll be hopping aboard the game streaming train.

In fact, it's rumoured that Microsoft will be announcing their own 'Netflix for games' on this year's e3, although there's no official confirmation on that.

Sony, on the other hand, admitted to being wary of cloud , deeming it a threat to the company's business, although that doesn't mean they're not preparing something of their own. In fact, knowing Sony, it's just a matter of time before they announce their race horse.

Amon thinks the market will soon get many more new arrivals, saying "We've started to see some of the cloud gaming announcements. I'm sure there’ll be much more coming".

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All in all, there's an undeniable appeal to firing up Assassin's Creed: Odyssey on a phone that previously struggled with mobile games, but this is still a relatively new tech. Which of course means that Amon's timing may indeed be right on the money.

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