Adobe: HTML5 won't catch on for 5 years, Flash store coming

More news from the Casual Connect games conference in Seattle, where Adobe today dismissed the threat of HTML5 and promised hardware-accelerated 3D gr

During a panel discussion entitled Browser Tech Smackdown, Flash Engineering Manager Danielle Deibler said, "Internet standards move two or three times faster than standards in other industries but they don't move 20 or 30 times faster. I don't think HTML5 will gain widespread adoption for at least 5 years. There are still some performance issues, including a huge problem with H.264 video."

Deibler confirmed that Adobe is considering hardware-accelerated, cross-platform 3D graphics for Flash - then let slip exactly how important it was to the company by referring to "the engineer" (singular) working on it.

Fed up of playing Flash games with the keyboard? You won't have long to wait before you can plug in games controllers, with Deibler saying that USB support is coming "relatively soon".

The concept of Flash store, for buying games and other apps, is another idea that's on the horizon. "Services are coming in a year or so that will enable commerce and allow some competition," said Deibler. "We have a base-level set of features that needs to be enabled, and a balancing act with our ecosystem of partners to keep them thriving."