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EA suggest streaming will play a bigger role in next gen consoles

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EA's CEO Mike Wilson was recently asked to comment on the next generation of consoles and while he wouldn't spill any definitive beans, he did say that Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo as well as EA are looking to eventually move to the cloud.

Wilson is aware of the public's curiosity, mentioning that there are some hearsay and rumours floating around but ultimately conceded that he's not really ready to be talking about that. He did however shine a bit of light in the proverbial tunnel.

"Just know that we've worked with Microsoft and Sony and Nintendo for many, many years and we look forward to working with them for many, many years more", Wilson said and added, "even if we all collectively seek to move either some portion of or all of our experiences to the cloud."

Indeed, there have been rumours of Microsoft preparing two separate SKUs code name Scarlett. It is said that one of these will be the traditional Xbox type experience, while the second one would focus on the game streaming side of things, being able to handle input, image processing and colision detection on its own.

Of course this isn't much of a surprise because the industry is undeniably heading there, for more than one reason, even if it isn't exactly tomorrow. Lower hardware demands mean that they will no longer dictate device design and the same goes for performance, since it would entirely be handled by other gear.

Microsoft are probably better off in this respect, since their infrastructure is literally everywhere, atlhough it's too early to talk any sort of competition. Nevertheless, Nintendo seem to have beaten everyone to the punch when they kicked off Resident Evil 7 streaming in Japan back in May 2018.

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All this sounds exactly like what Bethesda's Pete Hines was talking about while crushing our hopes of seeing The Elder Scrolls anytime soon. Hines mentioned that streaming is becoming a thing, which leaves only cross-play to adress before gaming stops being a thing tied down to specific platforms. In other words, it's the same game wherever you play.