Mobile devices like tablets and smartphones should surpass present day consoles in terms of hardware power by 2013, a leading industry figure has claimed.
In an interview with IndustryGamers, John Carmack of id Software said that in as little as two year’s time, people are going to have cell phones more powerful than the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 gaming consoles.
“People have exaggerated the relative powers - the iPad2 is not more powerful than the 360. It’s still a factor of a couple weaker,” Carmack said.
“But the fact that it’s gotten that close that fast - that means that almost certainly, 2 years from now, there will be mobile devices more powerful than what we’re doing on all these fabulous games on right now,” he added.
He said that mobile gaming was increasingly becoming popular because it was a more convenient way to play games. People can now access a bunch of games on their mobiles or iPads, no matter where they are.
Carmack, who was responsible for the popular Doom series, said that in short, mobile and cloud computing were the future of gaming; though he did concede, "you’ve got the hard core people who want to sit down all weekend and stay in a position where they can get 20 hours of gameplay in."
However, console makers would have to up their game if they want to tackle the threat posed by the rise of social games and mobile gaming.