John Riccitiello Bullish About Next-Gen Console Platforms
John Riccitiello, former CEO of Electronic Arts, believes that the next-generation of consoles will outsell its current-gen counterparts, surpassing the reach of its predecessors in terms of sales and popularity.
“I think they’ll be bigger than the last generation, actually,” said Riccitiello in an interview with GamesIndustry.biz, in reference to the next-gen console’s potential user base.
“The last generation can be described as supercharged engines – they had super-powerful boxes. But the entirety of the online communication and being able to connect to your friends and all that stuff, a seamless, smooth, social experience, was just masking tape – barely put together,” he said.
Riccitiello believes that the rise of broadband and the full integration of online options will allow next-gen systems like the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 to surpass existing systems.
“Remember that this was eight years ago. Most people were just moving on from their 28k modems. Now these are fully functioning, fully integrated online computers connected to the best screen in your house,” he said.
“You put a super computer under your TV, plug it in with one connection and it works. It knows who you are, it knows what your games are and it’s unbelievably simple; it’s not like PC plug and play, it’s just plug and play. The next generation of consoles are going to be a massive improvement on user interface. So I think that’s going to matter,” he said.
John Riccitiello resigned from his position as EA’s CEO this past March. You can read about all his contributions to both EA and the game industry as a whole in our ultimate retrospective.