Last month, Google sent tech lovers into a right old tizz when it unveiled its revolutionary new game-streaming platform called Stadia.
Revealing plans for the platform, which is 'purpose-built' for modern games, Google's CEO Sundar Pichai said he'd wanted to build a platform for players, viewers and developers.
Basically, it's a game client that will let you stream high-quality feeds of games to pretty much any screen you might have in your house, meaning you could be watching a trailer for Assassin's Creed Odyssey on YouTube, click a 'Play Now' button to load straight into the game on your desktop, and start playing there and then.
However, with its debut, Stadia has also forced tech experts to think about the future of gaming.
Microsoft's new Xbox 2 and Sony's PlayStation 5 are due to drop next year, with both devices promising incredible graphics and powerful processors.
However, as exciting as all that sounds, these two consoles could well be the last of their kind.
Speaking at an AI/5G event in San Francisco, Cristiano Amon - president of Qualcomm, which helps tech giants build their systems - said cloud technology used in game streaming will bring about the end of consoles as we know them, meaning the new PlayStation and Xbox models may be the last you own.
"Cloud gaming is going to replace the console," Amon said, according to the Sun.
"You'll be able to play a sophisticated game [on a phone] that you could only play on a $10,000 gaming PC."
He continued: "There's no question - in our view - that the cloud is the new console.
"It's just a matter of time."
Amon believes game streaming technology like Stadia's could revolutionise gaming, making it possible to play all the best games anywhere you like.
"You are just gonna start playing on any device, on any screen," he said.
"That is going to be the future of gaming."
Amon added: "If you go to mobile and take away the limitation of processor power, then you can look at [streaming] sophisticated PC games from the cloud."
Highlighting Google Stadia specifically, he also explained: "We've started to see some of the cloud gaming announcements.
"I'm sure there'll be much more coming."
Something tells me PlayStation and Xbox won't go quietly and let their technology become obsolete, which means surely whatever move they have next, it's gonna be BIG.
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