Thirsty Conversations: What If Sony, Nintendo And Microsoft Joined Forces To Create One Console?


Is there even a remote possibility for Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo to lay down their arms and join forces to create one universal gaming console? That’s the scenario Japanese designer Katsuhiro Harada, who has worked on Tekken for the past 17 years has been envisioning, telling that the big three should join forces, a move he believes would benefit everyone.

“For a long time, the game industry has been able to control the way people play games,” Harada said.

“There was a platform that people used solely for their gaming needs, and the industry had control of the trends and such that occurred.”

Harada went on, explaining that “people are able to not be tied down by consoles. I think it would be interesting if Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo got together just to make one console. It makes me very happy to think about all the possibilities that could occur because of that.”

The question posed to you is simple: do you think Harada’s suggestion that Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo form one big gaming corp would work? Let’s talk, do it here: The Official Games Thirst Unity Hall.

This reminds me of my April Fools’ article.

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14 Comments on "Thirsty Conversations: What If Sony, Nintendo And Microsoft Joined Forces To Create One Console?"

  1. TheGrimOfDeath August 8, 2012 at 7:05 pm -

    But if they did form one company the other employees would have different views on how to make a console and then in the end it would just be a failure. :(

  2. Wolf1888 August 8, 2012 at 8:06 pm -

    And anyway it wouldn’t make a ‘better’ console, just a console made by them all.
    It’s not like each company has a set number of skill point to spend on their console so that teaming up they would come up with a console with way more skill points than it should. (This analogy sounds sketchy but whatever). It just wont make a better console, just a normal console..
    And, come to think of it, it might even make the console ‘less’ powerful than it should be. Right now, we are about to get some brand new consoles that the big three’s worked their butt off to make them the best possible. Why is that? Because of competition. They want to have the best console around. Without competition, they don’t have to improve, and can sell us any crap they want, and we’ll all buy it for sure, it’s not like there were any other choice of console on the market.

  3. Ernice Gilbert August 8, 2012 at 9:41 pm -

    Simply put, I think it’d be a terrible idea~

  4. benzo August 8, 2012 at 10:55 pm -

    I agree…this would be a piss poor idea

  5. narwall14 August 8, 2012 at 11:45 pm -

    Microsoft is too big headed to help Nintendo and Sony

  6. Martin Zamora August 9, 2012 at 5:14 am -

    Everyone’s ego is too big to join forces. As for if they did, I wouldn’t be happy with it since, like Wolf said, there would be no reason to try to improve since there would be no competition. The only positive I can think of is that I would not have to buy multiple systems to play Smash Bros, Killzone, and Halo.

  7. foxton August 9, 2012 at 5:55 am -

    absolutely no chance, and even if they did it would be bad, very bad for the gaming industry and ultimately be its downfall.
    THis would be like Coca cola and pepsi, BMW and mercedes joining together, it just wouldnt happen.
    WHy would any succesful company change their identity and jump into bed with the enemey?
    There would be no competition so they could charge what they wanted and the gaming industry would slow to a halt as there would be no competition in pushing the gaming industry forward.
    This claim is more far fetched than GTA V coming out as 720 exclusive release and thats saying something!!!

  8. nick August 9, 2012 at 7:07 am -

    would never happen!
    ninty and $ony are FAR too big thick headed to ever consider even working with anyone!
    let alone each other!
    especially after what happened with the ps1.
    it would be cool to see how it would turn out though, it defiantly would bring out something allot better than what we have now!
    $ony has always been the best at bringing the up most futuristic technology to consoles, probably the most important part of a console!
    there extensive first party library is priceless too!
    M$ has always been the best at OS and GUIs, just because they have had so much experience with them.
    look at the UI and OS for the 360!
    clean, sleek, looks nice and a freaking 2 year old could find everything on it!
    and the OS footprint is so freaking tiny, especially compared to $onys XMB!
    plus they could bring their superior online services.
    not to mention M$ has always had far better SDKs and development tools available to developers, and also have spaces for indie developers unlike $ony!
    than ninty would bring their strive for uniqueness, bring something new to the medium.
    that and of course the classic nostalgic franchises!
    that would be perfect!
    because instead of having 3 different consoles with different strengths and weaknesses, you have 1 console with all strengths and no weaknesses!
    then all they would have to do is group with a VR vendor, hopefully occulus will be available for next gen.
    HIGHLY doubtful, but hey were dreaming here so why not continue?
    that would be THE perfect console!
    1 system working to each of the 3 companies strengths, and replace the expensive TVs, cables and all accessory expenses with a plain simple far cheaper VR set!
    oh and of course bring over mod support!
    still cant believe so few ps3 games have mod support!
    once UT3 came out and it exploded on ps3 i really thought it would of become industry standard for ps3 games to have mod support, but sadly thats not the case.

  9. Ernice Gilbert August 9, 2012 at 7:09 am -

    @Foxton: I see what you did there :D

  10. Ernice Gilbert August 9, 2012 at 7:10 am -

    Good points, Nick. In fact all of you made great points. To me, this is counter-productive because there would be no competition.

  11. nick August 9, 2012 at 7:25 am -

    there will still be plenty of competition!
    both from the PC, mobile markets, and wherever else or whoever else decides to join the market.
    hell for all we know if ouya ends up being very successful they might make a shift into the high end console market!
    or theres all those people who say apple will.
    who have been saying that for 6 years!
    i cant see that happening, but if it did it would certainly be interesting to see the resulting shock wave!

  12. Ernice Gilbert August 9, 2012 at 7:29 am -

    Competition from mobile, you say? Come on now, that’s not happening. PC, yes, and if Apple decides to jump in then yes. But not mobile gaming man.

  13. nick August 9, 2012 at 9:18 am -

    of course mobile gaming!
    already happening!
    especially in niche genres like 2D platformers.

  14. Christos Chatzisavvas August 9, 2012 at 11:32 am -

    Even if it succeeded, it would kill gaming. A monopoly is never good. That’s why I want Origin to evolve and succeed, so it becomes a serious competitor to Steam, and breaks the monopoly, because let’s face it, Steam is the best at what it does currently, although I’m not satisfied by it myself.

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