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Crytek: "Next-generation of home consoles will be the last"

Cevat Yerli thinks mobile and browser gaming will dominate the market

Crytek's CEO Cevat Yerli has cast doubt on the future of hardcore console gaming in a recent interview.

"The console will displace the PC, you hear it again and again. On the contrary, I suspect that the next-generation of home consoles will be the last one," Yerli told German site Golem, which was translated by VG247.

"Of course there are still hardcore gamers who sit for an hour to install and then play for eight hours. But these consumers are becoming the minority. Today's gamers buy a game for 99 cents, download it and play it for 15 to 20 minutes per day over a period of two months - and then they move on."

He also revealed that while CryEngine licensees were creating games for Wii U, Crytek was not planning any in-house development. He also reiterated the company's line on PlayStation handheld the Vita.

"The Playstation Vita is currently too uncertain for us as a platform. Technically, I find the Vita very appealing, and have fun with it - no question. From a business perspective it is a bit too late."

He seemed unsure about cloud gaming as a platform for hardcore gaming, citing issues with internet speeds, compression and latency.

Crytek recently released its first mobile title Fibble.

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