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American McGee argues next console generation will struggle against mobile gaming

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The next generation of consoles will have trouble competing with the continuing success of mobile and online games development, veteran designer American McGee told Forbes.

Sharing his thoughts on the recent reveal of Sony's PlayStation 4, McGee states he was unimpressed with the new console despite the company's attempts to move in a more developer-friendly direction. He describes this influx of new console systems as simply "another distribution channel with not much to differentiate from other outlets (aside from sheer horsepower.)"

"I was hoping for innovation in control input," he says, adding that he "didn't see anything meaningful, so 'meh.'

"It's nice that they're moving towards what looks like more developer-friendly hardware and indie friendly distribution. Remains to be seen if the appearance matches reality. Overall, I think this generation of consoles will struggle painfully against the momentum of mobile/online games we're seeing globally."

Since his work on the Alice series, McGee has moved on to develop a number of online browser-based titles, including the Kickstarter-funded Akaneiro: Demon Hunters which received $204,680 of its initial $200,000 funding goal.