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This isn't the last console generation, says Ubi boss

Ubisoft chief Yves Guillemot believes there will be another generation of consoles to come, and he's hoping they'll arrive some time around 2018.

Guillemot has spent the last few years urging console manufacturers to create a new generation of consoles, now due to launch later this year in the form of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. But while some believe this may be the last console generation — as gamers move to ubiquitous cloud-connected devices and game-integrated TVs — he does not share this view.

"I think that the cloud is going to change a few things," he said in an interview with CVG. "I still think it is not the last generation, because the manufacturers want a way to control their platform and the machine is the best way to have a specific access to that. Now with cloud and the increase of bandwidth we should have the possibility to increase the quality of games a lot over the next few years. But I think five years is the right timing for it."

Guillemot has been a vocal critic of Sony and Microsoft for letting the current generation last too long. Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 were launched in 2005 and 2006 respectively.

The cloud is going to change a few things

"For sure I wanted a transition faster than what they did because when you wait eight years you have a few years that decline, because people have enough machines and games, so they are less interested in this industry," he said. "What I'm happy with is, because we've been waiting for a long time, if we really come with high quality games then the public will come very quickly to buy them. So we will see a big increase in the market."

Guillemot believes game developers and publishers have been given a golden opportunity to convert the many casual gamers, who now play games on their tablets and smart phones, to consoles.

"We are going from 500 million gamers to two billion gamers and what is happening is that those gamers are arriving, being very cautious and playing very easy to play games on iPhone. But the more we progress, the more they will learn how to play, and they will want more," he said.

"It's good that those people have come to the video game industry and it's up to us now to use all of those functionalities to give a possibility to, in a way, live a different life in a different world. It has to be a world that is close enough to something in your real life so that when you get there you feel emotions and feel the impression that you're living something that you can't live for real. It means more sociable, more believable worlds."

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