Tablets to Surpass Consoles in Power and Performance in Three Years

By Jason Venter - Mon, Mar 23, 2015

The most powerful hardware isn’t always located where a person might expect. There was a time when arcades were the only place to find the most dazzling games, but the PC and console markets brought an end to that era. Now, tablets could be about to supplant consoles.

Gamespot reports that at the 2015 Technology, Internet & Media Conference, Electronic Arts’ chief financial officer, Blake Jorgensen, envisioned a time when tablets contribute more to the company’s bottom line than the console market.

“What gets us the most excited is the power, the computing power, of mobile devices and the speed at which that’s growing,” noted Jorgensen. “What that might mean is that a tablet, three or four years from now, has more power than what a typical console has. And that will open up a whole new set of people to console-style games that are much more immersive, much deeper, much more character-driven than simply a static mobile game that you might play for a small burst of time while you’re waiting on the bus.”

Jorgensen’s notion is hardly radical, especially considering the typical life cycle of the respective devices. Some consumers think nothing of replacing their tablet every year or two, but consoles tend to arrive and then linger on the scene for around five years. That number stretched to seven or eight in the case of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and they didn’t offer bleeding edge technology even on launch day. PCs regularly outperform consoles, and when you add a few years into the mix, it’s easy to see how tablets would find a way to catch up and pass them as new and more affordable chips reach the market. The only real question is whether developers are waiting with software that takes advantage of that change to the status quo.

“And so we’re looking for ways that we can essentially blend those two models to have a more immersive but movable game experience,” said Jorgensen. “Could be in your living room, could be on the bus, or it could be in a friend’s house. Much more portable than it is today. And that for us is a huge opportunity.”

In Japan, where many of console gaming’s most popular franchises originated, mobile gaming has already come into its own. Who is to say that won’t happen elsewhere, as well? If it does, Electronic Arts means to be waiting with new games. Do you look forward to that potential future?