Next-gen consoles the last of their kind?

According to a report from the Examiner, Crytek CEO, Cevat Yerli, believes that the Xbox 720 and PS4 will be the last video game consoles. Ever.

“This will be the last console generation.

“If consoles don’t join free-to-play gaming aggressively from now on, then it will be outpaced by PC and mobile. If they don’t adapt they are not going to survive.

“If Sony embraces free-to-play as a major way for PlayStation, that could be the key console. I would love to see a generation that supports free-to-play, because we will support it,” Yerli said.

It’s an interesting argument and as much you’d like to brush it off, I bet there’s a part of you that sees his point.

I’m sure that you’ve noticed the rise in popularity of free-to-play games from iOS and mobile systems to expansive MMORPG’s (Bioware’s The Old Republic will go F2P on Nov. 15th). Marketers and gamers alike are realizing that, with an innumerable amount of great games released every week, the ability to sample games casually and pay for specific content is beneficial to all parties.

So where does this leave console-makers? Well, it’s hard to tell right now, but if they don’t buy into the trend and start figuring out how to make a console marketing strategy that incorporates free-to-play concepts, Yerli might end up being considered the prophet of Microsoft and Sony’s demise.