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?