Linked by David Adams on Sat 20th Aug 2011 15:38 UTC, submitted by sjvn
Editorial In five years, Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst sees the traditional desktop becoming obsolete.
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RE[4]: Gaming
by WereCatf on Sun 21st Aug 2011 11:45 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Gaming"
WereCatf
Member since:
2006-02-15

How, exactly, do you (seem to) know that?...


Maybe I'm just so awesome?

No, but seriously though, you can just call it a hunch. Feel free to come back in 5 years and then in 10 years, and I can almost guarantee that desktop computers will still be around and that the most popular MMOs will be on consoles or those desktop computers, not on tablets.

The most notable issue with tablets and the like is... the touchscreen; it simply doesn't suit for gaming as well as mouse+kb, or even a joypad does. And once you start plugging all kinds of external oddities to the tablet you could just as well have a separate device with those connected at all times..

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RE[5]: Gaming
by zima on Sun 21st Aug 2011 13:57 in reply to "RE[4]: Gaming"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Ahh, but now you're grouping desktops and consoles together, while confronting them previously - a bit of a moving target ;)

Tablets and consoles might as well blend a bit, possibly - maybe Wii U, however ridiculous it seems at first sight (also to me; but then, Wii also seemed that way), is a first swan of what might be in 10 years... (and I didn't say the desktop computers won't be around; they ought to lose mind-share, though)

Mouse is also quite limited, it's geared to one specific type of interaction; it works well because so many games (and their UIs) are build around the simple mechanics of pointing at things. With which touchscreens aren't bad either, even if in a slightly different way (in some aspects worse, in some other better) - but they are also more conductive to few other types of interaction. Especially if the UI is via slightly nested, scrollable lists - which also always worked better on joypads (unfortunately way too many releases didn't remember that, trying to transplant "pointing-UIs"), and lessen the need for keyboard (which might be also, perhaps, finally supplemented by voice commands by then). Heck, where adventure games are still thriving, they have mostly just ~such UI ;) (and OTOH maybe the purely "pointing at things" point'n'click ones weren't so great after all, if they sort of died...)

And then, nothing would stop you from just having a bt joypad, etc.
...but I can see people very much NOT preferring a waste of "could just as well have a separate device" (though "the hub" might as well be not the tablet per se, but for example an evolved set-top-box of sorts - it seems to be the aim of Xbox division ...then there's Apple TV and particularly how Google just bought a widely used line of set-top-boxes in Motorola, so who knows what might become of Google TV)

Overall, you again remind me a bit of "PCs won't supplant Amiga for gaming" ;) ;) (and remember, they were more different than they look at first sight - for example, joystick was the primary gaming input method before that transition)

BTW, are you known from such accurate past predictions of tech landscapes "in a decade"? ;) ;)

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RE[5]: Gaming
by Jondice on Sun 21st Aug 2011 17:59 in reply to "RE[4]: Gaming"
Jondice Member since:
2006-09-20

If the best games available at the time are played on tablets, I won't be playing them.

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RE[6]: Gaming
by Neolander on Mon 22nd Aug 2011 06:32 in reply to "RE[5]: Gaming"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

If the best games available at the time are played on tablets, gaming will truly have taken a huge step backwards ;)

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