Gears Of War Devs Reckon Future PlayStation, Xbox Will Be Portable

Epic Games, video game engine tycoons and the developers behind Gears of War, have a vision for the future. And that vision includes Xboxes and PlayStations that you can unplug from your TV and carry around with you.

They don't mean handhelds, like the 3DS or PSP. Think more along the lines of something like an iPad, only better.

Epic boss Mark Rein speaks of this future device, no doubt in hushed tones of reverence:

Imagine walking into a bar with some friends, propping it up on the table and playing games like Dance Central or Kinect Adventures anywhere you go. Then when you get home that same device will use technology like AirPlay or wireless HDMI to connect to your big screen, you'll pick up a wireless controller, or use your phone as controller to play games like Gears of War.

These devices would also double (triple?) as phones and data pads, able to carry around non-gaming applications and documents as well. It's not exactly the most radical of futures, but it still sounds swell.

But what of flying cars, Mark Rein? Servant robots? Fusion power? Fried chickens able to cook themselves? What does the future have in store for those wonderful devices?

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