Thought the Xbox 720, Wii 2 and PS4 would bring great innovation with bigger and better experiences to the gaming industry? You thought wrong, son. New consoles are the last thing this industry needs.
That’s according to THQ President and CEO Brian, who says the advent of Move and Kinect have substantially lengthen the lifespan of the current consoles.
He said all this while speaking to IGN recently.
The “last thing” the industry needs now is “new hardware” because not only are current games “stunning enough”, but the model of “another $1000 box that the hardware guys have to subsidize” and software developers have to “spend even more money” developing for just doesn’t work.
“To have an extended cycle with a broader audience I think, strategically, is exactly the right way to go, and Move and Kinect are both designed to do that,” he said. “The market will decide if one or both of those will work, but I love the concept of both hardware guys trying to broaden the audience beyond just the core.”
He continued, adding, “better graphics? They’re pretty darn good now. Better sound? No. Gameplay? Probably not. So I think the ways games are evolving now is really a direction we’re going. Where it’s going to be is in the play experience; richer stories, better characters, production values that are much more like movies.
I think that’s the direction, rather than technology and graphics. I think those days are over.”
What’s your take on the situation, do you think we need new consoles?