There will come a time in the not so distant future, where gaming consoles will no longer be playable only in the living room or bedroom, but according to Epic Games boss Mark Rein, gamers will be able to carry anywhere the next PlayStation, Xbox and Wii consoles.
He said all this while speaking to Develop recently.
“Imagine a future Xbox 360 that is actually a tablet you carry around,” Rein told the site.
“It will have more power than 360 does today, with technology like Kinect built right in.
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 a controller to play games like Gears of War.”
Rein reckons not only will the new systems be mobile, they’ll be full media hubs.
“It feels like there’s a great opportunity for game consoles to cease to be something you plug into the wall and rather become something you take with you,” he continued. “Of course it will be more than just your game console; you can have your productivity apps, your documents, and your media collections on it as well.”
So what is Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo are up to these days on the console development front? Nothing solid has been divulged. The first two have placed all their focus on motion gaming, with Sony pushing hard its Move, while Microsoft preps for what it says will be the biggest launch this industry has ever seen for Kinect.
Redmond also said Kinect will add five more years to the Xbox 360. As for Nintendo, the company has said in the past that when it releases its next console, the world will be blown away.