John Carmack says mobile to overtake consoles

When Rage development began, there was no iPhone
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Veteran games programmer John Carmack has said that mobile devices are set to surpass the hardware capabilities of the current generation of videogaming consoles.

Speaking to industrygamers.com, Carmack said it was "unquestionable that within a very short time, we're going to have portable cell phones that are more powerful than the current-gen consoles."

The Id Software founder pointed out that when the firm began working on the upcoming Rage game, Apple's iOS platform didn't yet exist and that an entire ecosystem appeared during the space of one game's development cycle.

"That’s a little scary when you think about it, because major landscape change could be happening underneath our feet as we work on these large scale projects," said Carmack, adding that the firm was looking to ensure projects didn't take so long so they be caught on the hope by rapidly moving technology.

Carmack went on to describe the growth of mobile gaming as parallel growth, suitable for a different type of gaming experience but added: "you could certainly imagine a future where, instead of having your console, you have your mobile device and it talks to your TV and when you want the experience on your big screen with the surround sound coming out of there,."

Check out the full interview at industrygamers.com.

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