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[5]: Gaming
by zima on Sun 21st Aug 2011 13:57 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Gaming"
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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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