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Mobile Technology Will Never Catch Up To PC, According To John Carmack

The man behind DOOM and id Software back in the day, John Carmack, just made quite a declaration that may irk some mobile game developers and publishers.

On an interview in the Joe Rogan show, the former DOOM co-creator who is now Oculus’ CTO said that mobile platforms will not match up to the might of high-end PC gaming.

“I make the point to people that we are so used to computers just getting faster and faster, and they have for decades and decades – our entire life, basically. But we are approaching the end of that.

[W]hile we’ve still got a lot more power to come, the next decade’s still going to be good, it is very likely, barring some magical new technology which – fingers crossed – maybe we get, but you will probably never get the cellphone technology to the point that a modern gaming PC is.

“[This] sounds like ‘obviously, that’s a different thing’, but on the other hand, if you’ve been here through this million x increase in performance, it’s a little bit of a downer to think that, no, we just can’t wait another ten years and we’ll have everything we could do there available in the systems.”

When asked about the future of PC technology, Carmack said that the industry is reaching its limits.

“[Y]ou have to be better. You have to be a more conscientious developer, you have to start paying attention to all of the different aspects of performance that, on a PC, you can still largely gloss over.”

You can check out the rest of the podcast below; it’s pretty insightful stuff. I’ll say this: Carmack was an actual rocket scientist back in the day, so to hear him come up with these predictions is anything but ludicrous and out there.

 

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