Mike Caps, president of Unreal Engine-powered, Infinity Blade swinging Epic Games, believes that instead of next generation consoles from Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony, people should be keeping their eyes on iPhone 8 gaming, circa 2015:
“So I think that’s the real challenge for us now, rather than worrying about the difference between a couple consoles and some order of magnitude, whether 3X or 4X. It’s about how do we deal with iPhone 8… if you watch where the gamers are going that’s where they are. Your iPhone 8 will probably plug into your TV, or better yet, wirelessly connect to your television set to give you that big screen gaming experience with good sound. So really, what’s the point of those next-gen consoles? It’s a very interesting situation to be looking at. That’s what we’re starting to think about more… not how do we scale from some Nintendo platform to some other future console,” he concluded.
In a clarification, Epic walked that back a little, saying mobile won’t replace consoles any time soon — nor should they, in our opinion, following the same logic Steve Jobs used to illustrate mobile as the cars to traditional platform trucks.
But given how much improved iPhone 4 is in comparison with the original iPhone 2G, it’s fair to ask what kind of games and experiences will be like to run on an iPhone 8 in a few years.