id Software co-founder: mobile will soon be more powerful than current consoles

By Emil · 14 replies
Jul 8, 2011
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  1. id Software co-founder John Carmack has high expectations for mobile. He points out that the rate at which smartphones and tablets are improving means that mobile will soon catch up…

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  2. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 820   +345

    Considering how far consoles are lagging behind, this isn't exactly an expectation charged statement.
  3. Your forgetting that consoles won't be standing still but will be much faster and more powerful in two years than they are now as well.
  4. No surprise, consoles are running 6 year old technology.

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 1,257   +454

    Doesn't surprise me one bit... I believe current consoles will be beaten to a pulp in a couple years.
  6. It's inevitable, as they are able to shrink processor die further and further
    these small devices have more than enough grunt to handle most things
    an average user requires.

    I do not know why we still call it a mobile\cellular phone, choosing to
    define it by that one rather ordinary function to make voice calls. It should
    be called a MCD (Mobile computing device) or better (MPC Mobile personal computer).
    the MPC-BOT (Books or tablets) , MPC-PD (Pocket devices) etc.

    In the next 3 -5 years we will see the death of the following devices:

    Consumer Digital handheld Camera and consumer digital camcorder

    Most handheld gaming consoles like Nintendo DS etc

    Simple master remote controls for audio/visual. Simple home automation devices etc.

    Mainstream desktop PC (Not powerful pro workstations/gaming PC's)

    Low end gaming consoles (Wii etc.)

    Most dedicated mp3 players - already there pretty much

    Mobile DVD player/tv - Already pretty much dead I think

    DVD Player/BluRay Player and all consumer optical media (NAND, cloud storage is taking over)

    Most network players (Going to be built into TV panels)

    What we will see:

    Virtualization of media storage and most everyday computing needs bar gaming and
    pro grade work. Hybrid solution, with local backup of favorites in long term "cache".

    In the house we will have PANELS!! lots of panels. Cheap and thin, with wireless gigabit connectivity
    built in and large array of codec support. Video signal cables such as HDMI will largely be replaced with these wireless links. Cordless keyboards/mouse and mobile will be used to control these.

    One main master console unit\computer that will provide and or manage local storage, sync with cloud and serve data to all Panels\terminals in the house as well provide virtual machine
    instances via remote desktop be it Windows\ GoogleOS etc. to all client devices such as the panels.

    Disappointingly power cables are here to stay, Tesla is not happy.
  7. Current consoles are already beaten to a pulp. So will the "next gens" as for one, Sony already said they won't get the latest technology as they need to cut costs. So the next consoles will come out and will already be behind. :/
  8. Cota

    Cota TS Enthusiast Posts: 513   +8

    Its no surprise, we had been looking at some big improvements in this 2 years, we jumped from DDR2 to DDR3 finally jumping to measure them in GHz, SSD's and their incredible speed (but still too expensive! im a sad panda), a better infrastructure in CPU's jumping who knows how much times in performance!

    The sad thing is that those mobile devices come in one piece and cant be upgraded only disposed :(

    I personally hope that technological selection finally takes us to the right way, Computer gaming!
  9. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,185   +208

    i Had no idea john carmack had been living in a closet since he made doom... :)
  10. Being able to compare phones to current gen consoles is maybe an indicator that we need a new generation asap.
  11. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Posts: 823

    Considering that an iPad 2 starts at $500 there's already a flaw in this comparision. Beyond that, as already noted it's reasonable to assume that the next generation XBox & Playstation will be considerably more powerful than the current editions and will likely still sell for considerably less than the iPad 3, 4, 5 ... whatever.

    Also, since Mr. Carmack has a vested interest in selling Rage on iPads there's just a slight possibility that his opinion might be a tiny bit biased.
  12. Exactly! Why doesn't anyone else realize that
  13. Seriously? Consoles are going to be moving ahead as well. Why would they stop? This is horrible thinking that mobile devices get to advance while the consoles are stuck.
  14. impossible,only bullish,see now graphic between cosole and mobile you know,the next consoles will more powerful ipad 3, 4,5 will never caught up,see the games ,mobile sucks
  15. To help put in perspective, making full screen 1080p graphics for a 4-6" screen doesn't required the cpu/gpu power it takes to take a 1080p on 40+ on an hd tv.

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