Levine says tech like Chromecast is where gaming will go

Irrational Games head says the future lies in allowing players the experience to play on whatever device they like.

Irrational Games head Ken Levine has said he is excited about the effect technology like Google's Chromecast might have on video games in the future.

Speaking in an interview with Eurogamer, Levine said the main differentiator between the next-generation consoles is their unique services. "From a hardware perspective, the PC and the Xbox and the PS4 are very much similar beasts in a lot of ways now," he said. "It's more about the software on top of it and the services they provide.

"What I'm excited about--you saw that Google dongle that came out the other day?--is something like that for games."

Google's Chromecast is a $35 HDMI peripheral that allows streaming of services like Netflix and the mirroring of computer screens. Sony has created a similar idea with its Remote Play interoperability between PlayStation 4 and Vita, and also acquired streaming technology Gaikai for $380m last year.

One of the key principles of Nintendo's Wii U is also that users can play games on the screen when the television is in use.

Levine thinks the experience of allowing people to play games anywhere is now more important than having one central device in the living room. "People want to talk about owning the living room. I don't think the living room matters that much any more," he said.

"It's about wherever you want to game and having your experience. I'm not just saying playing an iPhone game, I'm saying having your game--your big, hardcore game--playing on whatever screen you wanted.

"I think that kind of technology is going to be something that's really important for gamers, because you want to be able to pick up your experience and move it somewhere else."

"The technology's there--it's actually very, very cheap," Levine said last week. "I'm just waiting for someone to do it, because letting gamers define their experience--how they play it, where they play it--that's where it's going. Gamer-driven experiences. That's what excites me."

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190 comments
adward22
adward22

god bless good people like Levine :)

csward
csward

We'll see Google.

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

Wow only 35$ to be able to play a game in whatever room you want!!!! 

Ooooorrrrr I could pick it up and move it ... Like the good ol' days, when people had legs!

quantumtheo
quantumtheo

If people want to game that way so be it, but personally I feel like a gaming PC is like a light saber, you should make one yourself for the true gaming hobby experience.  Something about gaming through the cloud seems wrong to me. In fact, everything about the cloud seems wrong to me....

EricBill1
EricBill1

So many frigging Levine haters. Go back to your caves, you bitter trolls.

Double_Wide
Double_Wide

Apparently Ken Levine is the only person with a valid opinion in the gaming industry...or at least according to GS

ENGDragon83
ENGDragon83

First thing that came to my head too

Talavaj
Talavaj

Honestly, am I the only one who thinks watching things on a pc is far more comfortable than watching things on the tv ?

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

Hmm so Levine goes for Microsoft's kidney's in the most polite way I've ever seen. So much for their All-In-One device. 

I also find this is a good way to go. I have a Vita and being able to use it on remote play will be one selling point of the PS4 for me. Just the thought of being able to play Destiny, Elder Scrolls Online or any other game anywhere that my PS4 isn't, is a great thing. Part of me now wants Sony to release some way of extending the Vita's battery life for obvious reasons but it is still great.

If there was an official way of doing this with PC games I'd be the happiest person on the planet. And by that I mean a program that isn't a mod or hack and isn't the shitty Nvidia Shield. PC games on Vita.....would be awesome!

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

...ok um.. just played onlive on my phone.. its awesome lol but! i still want freedom with my games if i choose to go download or hard.

Vienreich
Vienreich

wtf is wrong with this community? Every single god damn article except war propaganda games like Battlefield are filled with spiteful and hateful comments. Yet every time I keep doing the same mistake of actually scrolling down and read these pesky words written by teenagers just reaching puberty. 

arqe
arqe

Did read lots of comments but i see you ALL got it wrong.

This "Remote Play" thing he talks about is like "OnLive". Anyone heard of it ?

You can play any game avaliable on "OnLive" cloud with a Smartphone , Tablet , even with a Netbook.

What he talks about is like ; You can watch any game on twitch 1080p - 720p if Streamers wants and with OnLive its the same thing , you can watch what people play or you can just easily Play games from their servers.

Im playing for example Homefront from my Motoluxe , Dirt 3 etc. etc.

This is huge option for people who cannot afford high end PC's and miss all these games with good quality. You can play the best quality games with worst PC , with tablet or phone or any device you can use OnLive application.

Trickymaster
Trickymaster

So basically the future of gaming is that everybody has a Wii U tablet the size of a TV?

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

So he wants a big company to buy out Ouya? Pretty much along the same lines at to what they're trying to do, just on a smaller scale (software wise).

He does have a point though. Looking around my living room/dining room area right now, and comparing it to how I grew up, I have the same amount of screens (with only one monitor being counted for each) available as we did in living in a 4 bed 3 bath 2 story on base.

00J
00J

Would you expect anything less to come out of him since his magnum opus of games? Cliffy B and him are on the same rainbow colored bus...

They always get these grandiose delusions after a stint of success... 

dpclark
dpclark

I play games at home on my 92 inch projector screen.  Enjoy your tiny iPhone games.  I have no interest in TINY dumbed down technology.

aboki808
aboki808

well, that just killed the ouya. I can get this and stream all stuff on TV and a cheaper cost with better settings.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

I don't really think streaming videogames to a device while on the subway or at the airport is really going to catch on. Not even in Japan. It would be expensive, Data caps and cost will kill it.

skeet1964
skeet1964

This is just me, but I prefer playing games in my man-cave on my HD Samsung 46", surround sound system, in the evening with lights turned down, and no interruptions.  I like "total immersion" in games and don't want to be distracted by other things.  So to me, there is no desire whatsoever to take my gaming on the go.  I don't want to play on a bus, during lunch break, or even play in the living room while the fam is watching TV.  I want to escape for a few hours each night by myself and enter new worlds.  Again, just me.  I'm sure there are a lot of gamers out there that want the on-the-go experience, but I'm not one of them.

Vu2010
Vu2010

Go fuck yourself fucking pretentiou shit


freedomspopular
freedomspopular

One of the great game designers of our time shares his excitement about the potential future of gaming technology, and 95% of the comments are whining or scathing criticism. I swear, the Gamespot community has gotta be one of the worst to be a part of.

Nepti
Nepti

More propaganda chatter to get people thinking about services where you constantly have to pay monthly/annual fees because you don't own anything out right. Lots of money to be made doing to games what MS (office 365) and Google (Google Office and other stuff) have done with productivity software.

spider2465
spider2465

@Anthony Pungitore Yep, he's pretty much a genius

Double_Wide
Double_Wide

I don't hate him but just a bit tired of the pedistal that GS puts him on. There are other great developers in the gaming industry doing great things and with diverse opinions. Share them equally is all I'm suggesting.

quantumtheo
quantumtheo

@Talavaj I went to a HTPC back in 2010 and love it, sitting back in an armchair with either a controller or kb/mouse is so much preferable to sitting at a computer chair in front of a screen a 1/5 of the size.  

EricBill1
EricBill1

@Talavaj How can sitting in a desk chair (no matter how comfy), bent over a mouse and keyboard, staring at a monitor that is most likely a fraction of the size of your television be MORE comfortable that kicking back on your sofa or in your recliner in front of your 50"+ big screen hdtv with a game pad in your hands?

adward22
adward22

thats right  iam with you instead leaving me alone in middle of  those hungry wolves ^_^

adward22
adward22

no sir you are mistaken .. i guess baboon species will  like you ^_^

lonewolf315
lonewolf315

@00J I care about what Ken Levine says. I don't give a crap about what Cliffy B says. Gears of War is dead to me. Judgement killed any interest I had in the franchise.

blue_shift_91
blue_shift_91

@00J 

what the hell have you done recently to make your opinion credible?

faizanhd
faizanhd

@dpclark 

"It's about wherever you want to game and having your experience. I'm not just saying playing an iPhone game, I'm saying having your game--your big, hardcore game--playing on whatever screen you wanted." -Ken Levine

Looks like you missed the point.

lonewolf315
lonewolf315

@aboki808 Ouya runs on Android which is owned by Google. Chromecast is made by Google. Technically it's killing itself.

lonewolf315
lonewolf315

@skeet1964 I agree. Usually when I'm not in my man-cave it's because I'm doing something that restricts me from gaming.

Vu2010
Vu2010

@freedomspopular

> One of the great game designers of our time

Jesus fucking christ, what the fuck is wrong with you man?

ItsTheSasquatch
ItsTheSasquatch

@freedomspopular The future he's describing is an Orwellian nightmare where corporate big brother has absolute control over both our data and our ability to process said data, bleeding us dry with rental schemes the whole time. **** that, and **** everyone who supports it.