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Team Ninja: 'Consoles Aren't Going To Disappear From Gaming'

Jonathan Lester
Games consoles, Home consoles, Team Ninja

Team Ninja: 'Consoles Aren't Going To Disappear From Gaming'

"The Old Guy Is Still There"

On a day when two studios decided to change their focus to mobile games in order to combat a perceived decline in home console popularity, Team Ninja boss Yosuke Hayashi has spoken out in defence of dedicated gaming hardware.

When asked whether home consoles will be replaced by broader other media devices (smart TVs, tablets, smartphones etc) over the next few years, Hayashi told Xbox World that there'll always be a demand. "I don't think consoles are going to disappear from gaming," he said. "You still have millions of people playing videogames with a controller on a box in front of the TV. Just look at Call of Duty, for example: it's everywhere. There are millions of people playing it."

"I think people will continue to play games, and as long as the cost of development stays sustainable, and people continue to buy traditional games, then we'll be here. If only one game sells everything, it will ruin the gaming and console industries completely."

"I think you can compare it to movies," Hayashi added. "People still go to the cinema after all this time. I don't know how long cinemas have been around but it's not like cinemas are completely gone and everyone is watching movies on their TV or smartphone."

"Yes, you have those new mediums, but the old guy is still there - and I think it's going to be like that with consoles. I think they will be around for quite a while." [via CVG]

Many developers and publishers are concerned that the rise of tablets, mobile technology, wireless streaming and cloud gaming - not to mention the free to play market - is putting the squeeze on conventional home consoles... but it's not a universally held position by any stretch of the imagination. What's your take on the situation?

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Anarchist  Oct. 18, 2012 at 21:00

It's nice to hear a developer actually not talking ****, and not jumping onto the mobile bandwagon. It's obvious that consoles will not disappear.

Tablets, mobiles, or cloud gaming, do not offer the same experience as consoles. Consoles are designed purely to be the very best way in which we can play our games. The lack of power and poor control methods in mobile technology (if anybody says there is such a thing as a playable FPS on a tablet/mobile, I'll shoot them myself), and the latency/low quality of cloud gaming, will always mean that they will not usurp the consoles.

They may be able to target a separate audience, the casual 'waiting for a bus' audience, but real gamers will always be found on their consoles*.

*Or PC. Before that lot start whining again.

Breadster  Oct. 18, 2012 at 21:40

I'm not sure what I think about what will happen, but I certainly hope they stick around. I've always been a console gamer and whereas I do prefer certain games on pc (namely RTS games) and handheld and the like (quick little mini games for the most part), there's just something about playing on a console with a controller that has always seemed "right" for my core gaming experience.

Maybe it's just nostalgia, I don't know, but I want it to stay.

DivideByZero  Oct. 19, 2012 at 11:29

Consoles are designed purely to be the very best way in which we can play our games.

*Or PC. Before that lot start whining again.

Yes, good save...

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