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Harada: PS5 Will Be A Service, Not A Console

Matt Gardner
Cloud gaming, Katsuhiro Harada, Next-gen, Next-next-gen, PS5, PSN, Xbox Live

Harada: PS5 Will Be A Service, Not A Console

Tekken Producer Katsuhiro Harada has suggested that the PS5 might well take the form of a service rather than a console. Now, Harada is known for having some pretty far-out (yes, I've been watching Bill and Ted, sue me) ideas, but actually as this one goes, it's not really that far-fetched.

"I think in the future things will be played on the service, rather than on the hardware," Harada told Famitsu (helpfully translated by Dualshockers). "The Cloud is often mentioned, and if cloud services progress, the time when only the name of the service will remain will come some day."

"The PS5 probably won’t have a main console, but just the screen and controller," he added. "So what remains will be just the name of the service. It could be named just 'PlayStation network'. Steam is defined a platform, but it’s not a hardware platform. It’s the name of the service."

The big barrier for widespread cloud gaming at the moment, of course, is network access and reliable bandwidth. Until services improve, there's no chance for cloud gaming to usurp dedicated consoles. But given how quickly technology is iterating, and given the length of this current generation of games consoles thus far, it's not too much of a fanciful notion to imagine that next-next-gen could simply see Microsoft and Sony roll out Xbox LIVE and PSN as licenced services.

What do you reckon?

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kristianity77  Oct. 8, 2013 at 14:16

I think this is quite possible. When you think that your probably looking at maybe 7-8 years away minimum from where we are now (so around 2020) you'd expect that broadband infrastructure will be a hell of a lot better than it is now and it might well become viable.

Onlive now is slowly getting better and better so you can see the potential. If this is the way it does go it should also be a hell of a lot better for the consumer. No console under the TV should equal hardly anything to pay to get yourself up and running. I think we will get a better idea of what this is going to be like once things like Gaikai get up and running on the PS4.


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