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.

Bah. [/soapbox]

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6 Comments on Richard Garriott Thinks Phones Will Kill Home Consoles


On December 1, 2011 at 12:49 am

If we ever reach the level of technology of Star Trek, if Richard’s head is in a jar (ala Futurama), he’ll next be complaining about holodeck’s replacing phones.


On December 1, 2011 at 5:21 am

it is truthful though more money can be made in the mobile industry than home console

Ron Whitaker

On December 1, 2011 at 5:59 am

Of course, it’s also important to note that Garriott now owns a company that develops games for mobile devices. It may be possible that his vested interest in the market is clouding his judgement or raising his hopes a little higher than they should be.

Just saying…


On December 1, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Smartphones may make dedicated portable gaming devices unnecessary but it won’t affect consoles.

Smartphones are like scooters and consoles are like 4 wheel vehicles. An uber scooter may make motorcycles unnecessary but it’ll never threaten a car/suv.


On December 1, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Garriot should get off his ass and release a better ending to the Ultima franchise. If you want to read about a major horrorstory, check out what happened during the developement of Ultima IX (major plot changes that made no sense, leaving content in the game that made no sense, etc)


On December 1, 2011 at 2:37 pm

ultima ix he didnt have much input it was ea rape