Richard Garriott Thinks Phones Will Kill Home Consoles
Welcome to this ridiculous party, famous Ultima developer Richard Garriott. Here are some quotes, given to IndustryGamers.
I think we might get one more generation, might, but I think fundamentally they’re doomed.
I think fundamentally the power that you can carry with you in a portable is really swamping what we’ve thought of as a console.
I play most of my games now on my iPhone and my iPad. In the last two years I’ve found more games that I’ve put way more hours into playing as a player than I have in any other period of my life.
That’s stupid, and it means you’re a boring gamer. Let me clarify: portable gaming is fine. I’m having fun with Infinity Blade II at the moment, and I’ve got tons of other games on my iPad. But those games are, for the most part, short-term games; games that you pick up and play for ten minutes at a time. Sure, it’s possible to create long-term games for handhelds, but do you think Red Dead Redemption could possibly be as enjoyable if you’re playing it on your phone? Hell no.
Of course, then you have the PS Vita, which Garriott, I assume, is ignoring. That’s a different story. But when we talk about the future of handhelds, no one ever mentions that kind of thing. They talk about the iPhone because it’s not a dedicated gaming device, and because everybody has one. But the iPhone is very limited in what it can do — not because of its lack of power, but because onscreen controls suck. And that’s what’s really holding handheld gaming back.