We could be seeing the last iterations of PS4 / Xbox One consoles
We all know that Sony is working on a new PlayStation 4K, and that Microsoft is hard at work getting their next console together. Console sales continue to decline, and it’s not because of a diminishing AAA game pool. It’s because streaming services are slowly eating market share. The big names behind the hardware realize this and the forthcoming consoles by these manufactures very well could be the last they produce.
No, nobody has come out and officially said: “hey, this is our last console. Get ’em while they’re hot.” However, in a recent interview with Katsuhiro Harada, the Tekken series producer, told the TechTimes, that he believes that consoles will altogether disappear. That the future will consist of a controller and a monitor.
Then, heavyweight Shuhei Yoshida, President of Worldwide Studios – Sony Interactive Entertainment, hinted to game designer and director Lorne Lanning, that there may not be a PlayStation 5 at all.
It was a really interesting thing; he didn’t give me a clear answer, but he’s hinting at, ‘We need to be more agile, none of us know what the future really looks like so how do we adapt to it faster?'” said Lanning. “To me, that’s the way he was sort of thinking about it, which I think is the right way think about it. Lorne Lanning
Having hardware continually playing “keep-up” with the rapid development and progression in the gaming industry is a daunting task. By removing certain aspects of the gaming hardware from the equation, the proposition of increased reach and upgrades become viable.
Streaming seems to be the natural evolution of the industry. It would be analogous to that of VCRs and DVD, and BlockBuster. Soon, you’ll be telling your kids about consoles the same way we do now about VCR players, cassette decks, and phonographs.
[photo courtesy: highlightpress.com | source: techtimes.com]