“The cloud is the new console”: Qualcomm predicts the death of game consoles

At GDC 2019, Google introduced the gaming cloud service Stadia, which will allow you to run “big games”

on smartphones, weak PCs and TVs. Gamers greeted the announcement with skepticism, but the head of Qualcomm believes in the success of cloud technologies.

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According to Cristiano Amon, cloud services arethe future of the gaming industry. The same Stadia will allow you to run AAA projects on smartphones and weak computers, so in the future consoles will become useless. Sony and Microsoft are already preparing for the release of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Scarlet, which will delight gamers with powerful hardware, but, according to Amon, may become the last gaming consoles.

“In our opinion, there is no doubt that the cloud is the new console.”

The CEO also believes in the bright future of cloud servicesUbisoft Yves Guillemot, and Electronic Arts even bought GameFly, which can be called an analogue of Stadia. Microsoft is also preparing its own “gaming cloud,” which, according to rumors, may release a special console for streaming games.

At the same time, cloud platforms require fastand stable internet, which is still a dream for some countries. Google Stadia requires 25Mbps speeds to run a 1080p game, so with the cost of a subscription and router, cloud gaming can get expensive.