Carmack: Mobiles will surpass current consoles

Written by David Hing

July 8, 2011 // 12:04 p.m.

Tags: #id-software #ios #john-carmack #mobile-gaming #rage

John Carmack has stated that it is 'unquestionable' that mobile games will surpass current consoles in an interview with IndustryGamers.

Although he says that people have exaggerated the power of current mobile platforms, he reckons they are not far away from the current console generation and speculates that in two years time they will be much further ahead.

Carmack said that older developers report playing small games on the iPad a lot more than they find themselves sitting in front of a 360 or PS3. 'It's a different experience though,' he added. 'It's a diversion rather than a destination.'

When id started working on Rage, Carmack explained that the iPhone and iOS did not exist. '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,' he said.

He also speculates that streaming services like OnLive will do well in the future, with convenience being a huge factor in determining the direction of future gaming generations.

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