Tablets might surpass gaming consoles performance-wise in 3 to 4 years, EA bigwig claims

Tablets might surpass gaming consoles performance-wise in 3 to 4 years, EA bigwig claims
According to the Blake Jorgensen, the CFO of Electronic Arts (one of the largest game publishers), tablets are not only here to stay, they will also have surpassed gaming consoles in terms of performance by 2018. 

The executive claims that EA is quite intrigued by the growth rate of the mobile devices' performance, especially the one of tablets. 

Jorgensen claims that as slates are becoming more power-laden, they're paving the way for a new type of "much more immersive, much deeper, much more character-driven" games, which won't be your regular, "static mobile game that you might play for a small burst of time while you're waiting for the bus".

Howevr, EA is reportedly looking into the possibility to "blend" these two types of games and create something that is both compelling and interesting, yet completely suitable for being played while on the go, regardless of where you are. As EA's CFO puts it, implementing this gaming philosophy is currently being regarded  "as a huge opportunity" for the publisher.

Some of the tablets that Jorgensen has in mind are probably the Apple iPad Air 2, the Nvidia Shield tablet, the Google Nexus 9, or another representative of their top-tier ilk.

source: Gamespot via PocketGamer

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55 Comments

1. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Console? Right, that box that made noise an heat for my cats to sleep on. Maybe sooner then they think for some of us.

3. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

Exactly. My Galaxy Note 6 better be able to play PS2 games. We already got NES, SNES, SEGA, N64, GBC, GBA, NDS, Dreamcast, PS1, PSP, and GTASA.

12. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I'm streaming PC games to my tablet an tv, I don't see a need for a console. TV has USB drives, Netflix an full net, again console is just sucking power up in redundancy IMO.

13. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

What software do you use? Currently I'm using splashtop, but I can't playlike action games because there are no controls on the screen, etc. Could you recommend something?

15. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I'm using Nvidia controller myself, but have notice on geforce forums others using their Xbox controllers an Limelight I believe. I cant do on screen myself either.

17. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

How do you like your Shield tablet so far? I do like streaming my PC games to it, although it doesn't like multiple monitor setups.

20. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I have gripes with touch sensitivity when typing, but believe it related to touch buffer tweaks Nvidia made for our stylus. Usual suspects like misc bat drain an stuff seem to be Nvidia bug an their pretty fast with updates so I can deal with the little things until then. Its Ok, for price paid IMO. Gaming is kool, whether on board or streamed. Options to try are mind boggling, I stream to garage 50 TV from WiFi repeater an have it all anywhere on my property. Bathing in EM 8)

25. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

That misc battery drain is a small pain in the neck indeed, have it too. Also I have the LTE version and you better keep that off,since it's a battery hog (which is normal) and don't need it at home anyway. I like the device a lot, apart from the power/volume buttons, they are a bit difficult to press. Can't wait what improvements the new Shield will bring.

28. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I keep LTE on, I like being able to update a gun or raid quickly on boom beach while out and about. I've got decent LTE coverage though otherwise it'd be off

29. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

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30. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

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31. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

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36. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

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47. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

PC games and console gaming is entirely on a different level I'd say. Tablet games are like casual gaming only.

48. arenanew

Posts: 286; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

fake news by someone mentally retard person and promoter of phonearena

44. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

But it can't play PS4/XB1 games. Excluded the XPERIA Z3,Z4 when it can play PS4 games on it.

49. romeo1

Posts: 825; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

The remote play is nice but the phones/tablets can't play ps4 games. The ps4 just uses the screen if im correct maybe the input. But hardwarewise the mobile devices aren't comparable at the moment. Oh and z2 line can also use remote play. The function that you can connect a ps3/4 controller is what i use the most as the games you can play get much better. Like fifa but also the psp/snes etc. Get way better with a controller especially like the ones from PlayStation

2. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Whatever they can put in a tablet they can put in a console plus more. So I don't see how this will ever happen, unless console makers get really lazy...

4. buccob

Posts: 2981; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I agree with you, though I think the point being made is that consoles get updated about ever 5 years... while new tablets are unveiled regularly... So it is not hard to see that a Tablet might come out with more power than the current PS4 or Xbox1 BEFORE the next gen consoles come out...

8. uggman

Posts: 58; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

I do not agree with that, consoles are meant to be for entertening only, play games and watch a few shows and movies, thats it, tablets are good for browsing the web and casual gaming, a tablet will never be as good as a console for playing video games, consoles have that spot secure, using a tablet for gaming its like using a bowflex machine at home its good but it will never be as good a a full gym. FYI devs make more money from console than anything else, real gamers dont even come near the app purchases or pay to win.

10. buccob

Posts: 2981; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I never stated that tablkets were as good as console to play games.... just explaining that the article might point out that they will become more powerful than current game consoles.

18. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Umm no. Look at current gen tablets getting 250gflops...that is the performance of a 2004 machine...11yrs. You can start to put more and more powerful hardware in a tablet but at what cost? Battery? You bet, weight? heat? There is a reason why no one just throws a ps3 chip on a tablet and call it a day. In order to pass consoles that are using tech from 2013, a tablet will need a battery life of 4hrs and have 1gflops of constant 8gb of ram and 8 cores running at the same time. Without getting hot.

26. jsobotka

Posts: 54; Member since: Aug 21, 2009

You're not looking at the big picture. Over time, more and more functionality goes into the GPU. Comparing FLOPS between two systems isn't necessarily applicable. Look at the Tegra K1... it outperforms PS3 and XBox 360, but consumes way less power. (And I essentially got one in an Acer Chromebook for free, after the taking advantage of the goodies). This is just the beginning... and when VR starts driving this market, it's just going to accelerate. Not saying consoles will disappear... at least not right away... but the 6-year product cycle cannot be sustained in this environment. Not sure I agree that it will have much to do with tablets, though. When VR becomes huge, it will likely be mobile processors inside of phones inside of things like Gear VR.

37. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Yes but again this is 11years...11years. In terms of raw power, not power used. Also dont forget that its x86 type architecture which was not known for power efficiency at any year until recently. Also your comparing 20nm fabs to 90nm, or at least i am. Point is, in 2018, you will not get a armchip healthy enough in a tablet form to push the performance of x1 or ps4. Not to mention the cpu's in those are pushing just 30w out of a x86 architexture on a 28nm fab. Once more you wont get a combined performance of any console in a tablet by 2018 VR will not really take off like your post seems to indicate, you have to cut out reality and that is not for everyone.

45. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Dang, an apple fan AND a peasant, and I thought you couldn't sink any lower. Can you handle anything even remotely technical?

50. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I have been called a WP whore before, but never an apple fan boy rofl.

5. BlueGoldAce

Posts: 30; Member since: Nov 22, 2012

When I start seeing games like Evolve (released today), Skyrim, etc being released on Tablets...well then that will be something. Until then...the game can be immensely pretty, but that isn't the only thing that makes a game great.

21. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Technically they can already. A windows 8 tablet can run them...just depends on settings as of this moment. I am excited to test skyrim on my 7in hp tablet i get today/tmw. Ill let you know how it goes.

40. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Reason we don't really see those types of games on mobile platforms doesn't have much to do with capabilities, there are phones and tablets now with powerful enough hardware to mimic the visuals of an Xbox 360 or PS3 game, and it probably won't take longer than 4 years to be on par with an Xbox One and maybe another year for a PS4. Thing is though, as long as the games that do well on these platforms are cartoony, casual games like Candy Crush and Clash of Clans, there will be no need for game studios to bother pushing them. There will be a few companies here and there like EA that will try to be on the forefront with the graphics, but it will be a waste. The most popular mobile games of all time: Angry Birds, Candy Crush Saga, Clash of Clans, Flappy Bird, Temple Run, Words with Friends, Trivia Crack, etc. What do they all have in common? Very weak graphics. The early popular games like Angry Birds and Temple Run are actually the most advanced graphically of these games, and AB amounts to a high rez flash game and Temple Run a high rez N64 game. Games that push the graphics envelope like Infinity Blade, Real Racing 3, Asphalt 8, etc. have only a fraction of the downloadso r IAPs that the most popular games tend to have. Honestly it makes sense, casual players don't care much for the graphics just as long as it is easy on the eyes. All that extra effort amounts to wasted time and money.

6. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

DLCs, pay-to-progress, microtransactions will kill any game especially when EA publishes it. Gaming experience today is not like it used to be compared 10 years later.

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