No matter how fast your new graphics card is or how much RAM is in your console, the biggest limitation for your gaming rig (and the gaming industry as a whole) could just be your Internet connection. At least that was the message Eidos President Ian Livingstone delivered to delegates gathered at the Broadband World Forum in Amsterdam this week.

“You’re kind of holding us back in many respects” he told the audience full of telecom operators from around the world (as reported by and Total Telecom). “We have to worry about broadband when we should be thinking about making better games.”

Even though average broadband speeds are generally increasing worldwide, Livingstone noted total file sizes for modern games are increasing at an even faster rate. Overall download times for digital purchases are getting longer and longer (as anyone who has left their system on overnight to download an MMO well knows). This is a big reason the console market in particular hasn’t made a bigger push to an online-only model, Livingstone said. It’s why the next generation of consoles will still be centered on disc-based media sold at retail.

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