PCs will kill consoles, predicts Romero

Co-founder of id Software, John Romero, has jumped on the console-slating bandwagon, backing cheap multi-core PCs to put an end to PS3 and 360.

Romero, who's now at the new development company Slipgate Ironworks, told Adrenaline Vault: "Next-gen consoles are big but their future isn't too bright with the emergence of cheap PC multi-core processors and the big change the PC industry will go through during the next 5 years to accommodate the new multi-core-centric hardware designs."

He goes on to say: "My prediction is that the game console in the vein of the PS3 and Xbox 360 is going to either undergo a massive rethink or go away altogether."

Above: Is thislittle motherboard spunky enough tomurder next-gen consoles? Stay tuned

Romero's comments come after Hewlett Packard bosses last week controversially claimed "the days of consoles are numbered."

Romero went on to suggest consoles like the Xbox 360 and PS3have "too many bad clones of great games," and declared that was one of the main problems with the games industry at the moment.

But while he took a grim outlook on the future of 360 and PS3, he remained positive about Wii. "The Wii has the perfect design for a console that doesn't pretend to be a PC and is geared more toward casual gamers than hardcore gamers.

"The hardcore gamers are going to either be playing on their PCs or a new PC-like platform that sits in the living room but still serves the whole house over wifi, even the video signal," he predicts.

So, Xbox 360 and PS3 will die because they "pretend to be PCs." What do you think? Let the world know in ourforums.

April 10, 2007