As we look forward to the decade ahead, many people can’t help but wonder: what will the world of gaming look like in 2033? It’s a seemingly easy question to ask, but the reality is, no one can begin to answer it. Will traditional consoles still exist? Will something else replace them? Is a metaverse the future?
Over the past year, Microsoft has made a series of 10-year deals with both Nintendo and Nvidia. As of yet, Sony has not opted to join them with the same length commitment. This adds to the confusion as to what the future holds, and recently, Microsoft President Brad Smith addressed these questions during a press briefing.
When asked if they foresaw these 10-year Call of Duty deals being extended when they expire, Smith’s response was, “There may be someone else standing here in 2033. Now, none of us can actually predict what exactly will be the form factor that is most prevalent in gaming a decade from now. Will consoles still play the role that they play, whether it be phones, it all be in some Metaverse something or other. Who knows?”
Making things even more interesting is a statement made by Xbox boss Phil Spencer in 2020 when he said, “I don’t think Xbox Series X is our last console” and that they will “do more consoles to make that great television play experience work and be delightful.”
Gaming has undergone immense transformation over the last few years and is sure to do so in the next decade as well. With the power of computing getting more and more impressive, the possibilities are seemingly endless. What do you think the future holds for console gaming? Comment down below with your thoughts.