"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?