The wave of tablet computers coming to market this year will make games consoles obsolete, according to the CEO of Angry Birds maker Rovio.
Holding court at a talking shop at SXSW, Peter Vesterbacka, CEO at the Finnish mobile gaming titans, forecast that the sea change in the market will be driven by slates’ rapid product refresh cycle which means that the tech zeitgeist very much belongs to them.
Vesterbacka stated: “Tablets are killing consoles. Four generations of new tablets come before a new console, if one ever comes.”
The Rovio man, who is expected to make a big announcement about the series of games in conjunction with Nokia later today, went on to reiterate that those holding out for an Angry Birds 2 should give up all hope now.
“Angry Birds 2….that would be lame. That’s the Hollywood model, and we’re from Finland, we don’t do that.”
It’s as yet unconfirmed what Rovio and Nokia will announce today at the Texan tech, music and film expo. However, the smart money is on either all-new, exclusive bird for Nokia phones or the rumoured 3D graphics version of Angry Birds for Symbian3 phones such as the Nokia N8 and E7.