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Tekken Producer Would Like Sony, Microsoft & Nintendo To Join Forces

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Tekken Producer Would Like Sony, Microsoft & Nintendo To Join Forces

Veteran Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada dreams of one-console future, in which Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo collaborate on one console to rule them all.

It all comes down to control and market share; while home consoles were once a truly dominant force, many developers feel that the advent of mobile and social gaming is eroding the platform. By making a single killer console, Harada reckons that platform holders could entice gamers with a 'must-have' device.

"For a long time, the game industry has been able to control the way people play games," Harada explained in an interview with News.com.au. "There was a platform that people used solely for their gaming needs, and the industry had control of the trends and such that occurred."

But "people are able to not be tied down by consoles," he continued. "And it doesn’t stop with phones, we have browser gaming and all these different platforms.”

"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 idea of a single-console future is nothing new, with developers like Dennis Dyack and Bethesda's Todd Howard tossing the notion around over the last few years. If the next generation fails to gain ground from mobile, tablet and social games - not to mention the PC - perhaps a joint venture would provide strength in numbers? But with the rivalry between console manufacturers acting as a key incentive for quality exclusives, the idea could potentially backfire in practice. And just think of the paperwork.

Would you embrace a one-console future?

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DivideByZero  Aug. 8, 2012 at 15:08

Wont work. As soon as they do this, some unknown will release a new console and you are back at square one. (Steam-Box etc.)

Microsoft are only on their 2nd console and Sony their 3rd. Nintendo have been making consoles for ages but there are questions being raised that they should go in to games making only and ditch making consoles.

Maybe ditch consoles and go to PC? Can do anything on a PC that you can on a console and a whole lot more.

davidpanik  Aug. 8, 2012 at 15:11

Yeah I agree such an endeavour would be doomed but we definitely need to move towards some sort of universal format (like you have with PC).

Even if it was something like Microsoft's DirectX which makes it easier to develop for multiple platforms rather than having to start again from scratch for every platform.

gunnx  Aug. 8, 2012 at 16:12

This would seem very strange so I'm trying to think of it like other formats, e.g TV, DVD players, where they all perform the common basic functions but have extra features, build quality, prices differences. But really thats too close to a PC, I'm trying to define what a console is, basically something which is primarily used for playing games.

Would developers prefer if Sony/MS/Nintendo just stopped making consoles?

davidpanik  Aug. 8, 2012 at 16:25

Well games consoles are just PCs when you think about it - and they're already diverging from being exclusively for playing games. I wouldn't be surprised if the next-gen Xbox and PS call themselves "entertainment hubs" rather than "games consoles".

gunnx  Aug. 8, 2012 at 16:40

Well games consoles are just PCs when you think about it - and they're already diverging from being exclusively for playing games. I wouldn't be surprised if the next-gen Xbox and PS call themselves "entertainment hubs" rather than "games consoles".

if they start coming with keyboards and mouse then we know its the end. Sony perhaps could have made something of the Linux option, I never had a chance to use it, perhaps if it came with their own Linux flavour with apps etc I might have used it.

AfxTwn  Aug. 8, 2012 at 17:03

I can't see any of the console manufacturers joining forces to create one universal console as this wouldn't be worth any of their while. They make far more money with their individual consoles and I can't see any of them ever agreeing on specs etc.

Plus then you would have one device which would have a massive monopoly over everything else which would be terrible for indie developers. I think they could carry on making individual consoles but perhaps all agree on a shared media either downloads or a one size fits all disc. In a similar way to how everyone uses the same DVD/Blu-Ray discs now but still make their own individual players to play the discs on.

DivideByZero  Aug. 8, 2012 at 17:15

By sharing media, do you mean (for example) being able to play a 360 game in a PS3? Or do you just mean stick everything on a Blu Ray disk?

I imagine that the new Sony and Xbox will both have Blu Ray support. With games often being too big for one DVD now, MS surely have to pay to have Blu Ray now? Also would fit in with the media thing.

If you meant games working cross platform, that would be cool, but I don't see it happening. I used to share a few games with my mate, cross platform back when we had C64 and CPC464s.

Crackerwax  Aug. 8, 2012 at 19:19

@DivideByZero The simple way around that would be for them all to collaborate on a three tier approach, high end top tier home device (expensive and crazy powerful), low end home device (same games less graphically adventurous, cheaper hardware) and mobile (same specs as low end but portable).

Then there's no incentive to go anywhere else, plus all your games work across all platforms so start a game on your high end console at home, carry it on on the train and then complete it at a friends house on their low end box.

With digital distribution this would work like a charm. Might even be possible to make some titles work in a browser (for registered hardware owners only, of course).

justathou  Nov. 6, 2012 at 03:01

The thing is though Nintendo makes the best consoles, I have had 4 xbox 360s and 2 ps3 go down the drain while my launsh wii still works.


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