Ken Levine Says Chromecast Is The Future
What is Chromecast? What is Ken Levine? Well, a Ken Levine is best described as a cult leader or else people wouldn’t hang on his every word with such wonderment. No seriously, Ken Levine is awesome or else.
Anyway, Ken has made an interesting remark that peculiarly relates to Google’s Chromecast and gaming at the same time. There’s a connection nobody has made yet. Chromecast is essentially a dongle that plugs into your TV and turns any TV into a smart TV while also allowing for big picture mode which let’s you display whatever is open in your browser on your PC. It already offers your typical services such as Hulu and Netflix and at $35 it’s a steal.
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Levine is keen to see a Chromecast-type dongle for gaming purposes.
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.”
Essentially what Levine wants is a more accessible and affordable version of the remote play feature that Sony has with PS4 and PS Vita.
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.”
Not so much a Chromecast has being able to take your game with you wherever you go. Essentially continuing play once you leave the living room.
Arguably this is what next-gen is heading towards with every game seemingly having some sort of second-screen functionality which utilises a Vita or a tablet. Perhaps Levine’s vision isn’t too far off then.
One dongle that streams your game to a device of your choosing would be incredible. It’s certainly a possibility with companies like Nvidia producing graphics on a tablet that could rival current-gen graphics. Even if that was only a tech demo.