Lord British: Games consoles 'fundamentally doomed'
Shock claim from respected developer
The creator of the popular Ultima RPG series has forecast that the games console is heading for extinction.
Richard Garriott - aka Lord British - is a respected figurehead in the games industry and he reckons the future is bleak for console manufacturers .
"I think we might get one more generation, might, but I think fundamentally they're doomed," he told IndustryGamers.
"I think the power that you can carry with you in a portable is really swamping what we've thought of as a console."
Garriott, who now runs social-gaming firm Portalarium, may have a point, but as smartphones get increasingly powerful, so do consoles.
On the way out?
And let's not forget, the next generation of consoles , which could be on display as early as next year, are all set to reach out beyond the current crop of game-centric features.
The race is on to become the ultimate home entertainment hub, and while companies like Apple may have tricks up their sleeve with next-gen television sets , the likes of Sony and Microsoft aren't going to give up their piece of the gaming pie without a fight. ®