Warren Spector has spoken out to suggest that attempting to turn games consoles into entertainment centres is fraught with potential pitfalls.
"I think next gen consoles as entertainment devices rather than game machines is a perilous idea,” the designer behind Deus Ex and Epic Mickey told Gamespot. “I mean, I already have more ways than I can deal with to access the programming I want and the Internet and all its pleasures. And if I want to multitask while watching television, I already have to decide which of my devices to do it on.
“I kind of get a next-gen game machine, but competing for the home entertainment business? We’ll see how that goes.”
Spector also weighed in on digital games, which he believes could lead to some major issues with ownership and consumer rights down the line. “I’m a huge fan of e-books, but the more I buy and download, the more I worry that someone could just take them all away from me,” he continued. I worry a lot about not owning things I’ve paid for. I suppose if the cost came down–way down!–I might worry about it less. But it’s a huge concern.
“Having said that, I think that boat has sailed. We live in a world of virtual goods where none of us own the 0s and 1s. What are you going to do?”
Personally, I like the idea of next-gen consoles having plenty of exciting new avenues for accessing entertainment... but that wouldn't factor into my purchasing decision. What's your take on the Xbox One's attempt to become an 'all in one' entertainment solution?