The man who practically invented the first person shooter, id Software's John Carmack, reckons mobile gaming will catch up with current consoles in terms of raw power in as little as two years.
In an interview with Industry Gamers, Carmack says he has been watching the mobile gaming industry closely and reckons it couls overtake console gaming one day.
"It’s amazing to think that when we started Rage, iOS didn’t exist," said Carmack. "There was no iPhone. All of that has happened just in the space of one project development timeline. And that’s a little scary when you think about it, because major landscape change could be happening underneath our feet as we work on these large scale projects."
With devices like the iPhone and Android handsets already giving the mobile console crowd a bit of a kicking when it comes to mobile gaming, it's only matter of time before these new upstarts begin making inroads into the home console's territory.
"One thing that we hear a lot, especially from our older developers, is, 'I don’t spend a lot of time sitting down in front of my 360 or PS3, but I pull out my iPad and play some little game all the time,'" notes Carmack. "It’s a different experience though... it’s a diversion rather than a destination. And while they’re certainly powerful enough now to make destination titles, that’s still not really what’s doing particularly well there. But it certainly is a worry."
At present, the console market is dominated by big-budget titles like those in the Medal of Honor franchise, and Carmack reckons that's one area where, for now at least, the status quo will be maintained.
"Could the bottom drop out on the triple A market because everyone’s playing Angry Birds? It doesn’t seem to be happening. The numbers don’t show that. We’re selling more big titles than ever before, despite having all of these other platforms out there. So it looks like it’s parallel growth rather than one stealing from the other.
"But platform wise, you could certainly imagine a future where, instead of having your console, you have your mobile device and it talks to your TV and when you want the experience on your big screen with the surround sound coming out of there, it’s still on the same device."