Are gamers ready for a new generation of consoles that are ‘always online’? Ubisoft Montreal CEO, Yannis Mallat, thinks so. In an interview with UK news publication, The Guardian, Mallat spoke about the readiness of his company and gamers for the upcoming next-generation of consoles.
He says from the technological side of things, Ubisoft Montreal is prepared with the latest, high-end hardware in order to test things like game engines and develop them to fully utilize the power of new hardware. Mallat also says there’s a mindset readiness factor as well, where his company will work on “new connected experiences for the next generation” starting with upcoming game, Watch Dogs.
When asked about the consumers and their willingness to embrace this change, Mallat mentioned that “a lot of people are already always online through other devices – I would suspect that the audience is ready.” However, in answering another question about having an ‘always online’ console, he also adds that “these services need to provide clear benefits” to gamers.
While the PlayStation 4, announced in February, has plenty of social features that connect gamers to their friends and online networking venues, the next Xbox is rumored to be an ‘always online’ box, something which has raised questions and controversy around the internet. What do you think of always online consoles? Do you agree with Ubisoft Montreal’s CEO? Let us know in the comments below!