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The Last Thing The Industry Needs Now Are New Consoles Says THQ

by Ernice Gilbert on October 28th, 2010, under News, THQ

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?

Thanks, vg247.


  1. Thu, 28th Oct 2010 at 12:21 pm

    we do not need one yet. give it few more years. Are there any Kinect reviews out yet? a lot of magazines and websites are reporting that they just received their Kinect to review. This is kind of shady, since most companies send out their products a few weeks earlier so that there can be some good reviews by launch. Is MS nervous or something? It is pretty sad if MS is sending Kinect out so late to reviewers in hopes that reviews do not get posted until the day before, the day of, or the days after release, because they want to make sure reviews do not affect sells. It will sell good, but I think it is sad that they sent out review copies so late.

  2. Thu, 28th Oct 2010 at 4:33 pm

    True. But if Kinect is rubbish then believe me, after the initial sales blast, it’ll tumble to hell. If it’s good, however, sales will continue.

  3. Fri, 29th Oct 2010 at 3:53 am

    its still 10 days till kinect launches, most sites got them a few days ago, IGN got theres on monday.
    “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.”

    dunno which industry you have been watching bub, but thats the complete opposite direction were going in!
    we SHOULD be going in that direction, we should be going for better stories, better gameplay, better emotions but were not, were going for better graphics what i like to call better technological advances.
    hell look at GOW3, it has the worst story, the worst gameplay, the worst level design.
    they did not care about those things, all they cared about was making the goriest best looking game possible!
    which is really frustrating, graphics dont make a good game fun gameplay and a engaging story do.
    we dont need new hardware just yet, but in 2 years time we will.
    once developers start using ray tracing in PC games we will really start to see the gap increase then, and thats when we will need new consoles.
    the first game set to use ray tracing is releasing in 2012, as is cryteks update to enable ray tracing in the cry engine3.
    sound wise though yes we certainly do need new consoles, i mean even the best sounding games sound craptastic!
    go watch the dark night in a cinema, than come home and play a game, the best sounding game i have played has to be KZ2 and even that pales to the sound effects in allot of movies today!
    a explosion goes off in a movie the glass rattles, my lounge rattles the whole ground shakes.
    a explosion happenes using the same surround sound setup, same volume, same everything except its a game instead of a movie.
    instead of it sounding like a explosion it sounds like someone in front of my popped a balloon.
    it sounds crap!
    sound is one department we really have not advanced in this gen.
    ps2 games were using dolby digital, so why is 99.9999% of ps3 games still using that crap outdated tech!?
    movies have jumped from that to DTS, to DTS HD, to true HD.
    have games?
    nope, there still stuck on the crap ps2 use to use!
    sound quality has gone just as far as graphics has since the ps2, if not more, so why are we not seeing the same leap in the sound department?

  4. Fri, 29th Oct 2010 at 6:54 am

    See what I mean? With comments like this ^^ one, Nick should be at the head of Microsoft or Sony. Those companies would be better off : )

  5. Fri, 29th Oct 2010 at 9:34 am

    LOL………. one day…….. one day…..

  6. Fri, 29th Oct 2010 at 1:29 pm

    It is only 5 days until Kinect launches in the U.S.

  7. Fri, 29th Oct 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Soon : )

  8. Fri, 29th Oct 2010 at 5:50 pm

    The countdown is on….All those for it say “yay”. LOL.

  9. Fri, 29th Oct 2010 at 6:04 pm

    NAY. LOL.

  10. Fri, 29th Oct 2010 at 6:10 pm

    LOL! Come on! LOL

  11. Sat, 30th Oct 2010 at 9:04 am

    the yays have it.

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