Romero: Future of Game Consoles "Isn't Too Bright"

Much like Trion World Network CEO Lars Buttler and Silicon Knights president Denis Dyack, id Software co-founder and renowned game designer John Romero took a moment last week to share his thoughts on the future of the video game console market.

"Next-gen console is big but its future isn't too bright with the emergence of cheap PC multi-core processors and the big change the PC industry will go through during the next 5 years to accommodate the new multi-core-centric hardware designs," he told Adrenaline Vault. "My prediction is that the game console in the vein of the PS3 and XBOX 360 is going to either undergo a massive rethink or go away altogether...the hardcore gamers are going to either be playing on their PCs or a new PC-like platform that sits in the living room but still serves the whole house over wifi, even the video signal."

Despite his gloomy outlook for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, Romero praised Nintendo's efforts with the Wii. "The Wii has the perfect design for a console that doesn't pretend to be a PC and is geared more toward casual gamers than hardcore gamers," he explained.

As for the massively multiplayer game coming from Slipgate Ironworks, which he formed in 2005, Romero remained tight-lipped. "I can say that we're making a PC MMORPG," he noted, "but can't remark on specifics because we believe we're creating something that's the first of its kind and we want to be first to market with it." Earlier this year, it was announced Slipgate would utilize the BigWorld Technology Suite to aid in the development of the still-unnamed title.