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Tekken Producer: What If The Big Three Made One Console?

Many gamers don't want one universal video game console. But at least one veteran designer thinks it's a good idea.

In speaking to News.com.au, Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada said the possibilities would be "endless" if the Big Three joined forces.

"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."

Also, due to the rise of mobile gaming, Harada says Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo are no longer in the driver's seat, in that they can't dictate a gamer's play habits. Harada says that because there are more gaming platforms these days, fans can get their fix in a number of different places.

"For a long time, the game industry has been able to control the way people play games. 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 now] people are able to not be tied down by consoles, and it doesn’t stop with phones; we have browser gaming and all these different platforms."

So what do you think? One console for everyone? Maybe it would be for the best; it would make things infinitely easier for developers, and consumers wouldn't always be facing decisions, and then trying to jam multiple systems into their entertainment center. It'd probably be simpler the whole way 'round...but it's tough letting old traditions die.

Tags: gaming industry, game consoles, next gen consoles, sony, microsoft, nintendo

8/8/2012 9:50:33 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (36 posts)

kay Oss
Wednesday, August 08, 2012 @ 10:01:08 AM
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With Sony and Microsoft ego...I highly doubt that this will work. But if it did work Sony can design the physical console, Microsoft can design the XMB and NIntendo provide the inovative ideas then the whole entire world collaspes on itself.

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Nas Is Like
Wednesday, August 08, 2012 @ 10:07:03 AM
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I imagine there would be a lot of head-butting on how the software will look and work.

In a perfect world though, the console would likely be incredible.

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slugga_status
Wednesday, August 08, 2012 @ 10:12:23 AM
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I thought about a universal console since I was a kid. It would be bad ass to say the least. With Sony power, Microsoft business muscle, and Nintendo bringing creativity..it would be a beast of a machine...yet it will never happen

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chilker
Wednesday, August 08, 2012 @ 10:34:56 AM
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If had happened this gen it would have been the PSWii60, which would have been pretty interesting.
But seriously, I doubt this would happen. Without competition driving business, innovation comes to a standstill. Why improve if you're the only team around?

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Temjin001
Wednesday, August 08, 2012 @ 10:35:02 AM
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haha, this is what I would joke with friends about in middle school. "yeah, just imagine, Mario, SOnic, and Bonk all together in one game."

I don't know what to think yet. I do agree that video gaming is far FAR more fragmented these days. I see this challenging for platform holders to maintain growing profits.

Ultimately I see this as really unlikely any time soon. I think MS is going for complete entertainment take over with Windows 8 (it's a take control OS). I see them trying their darn'dest to bury Sony and claim the console market space to themselves next gen.

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gumbi
Wednesday, August 08, 2012 @ 11:09:33 AM
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Interesting idea. And one we've all thought about, oh admit it. But it's just unrealistic, we know these big boys just can't play nicely together. Especially Sony and MS.

And speaking of threats. Has anyone else been following OUYA? Their kickstarter campaign is an off the charts success. I don't think I consider it a direct competitor, but absolutely a threat. I mean, just look at the list of partnerships they've already made. With a modest $100 price tag, this thing could explode into the market.

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slugga_status
Wednesday, August 08, 2012 @ 2:07:55 PM

I saw the OUYA a day or so ago and it does look like it has potential..Have you seen the Oculus Rift? If it works as it states, it would bring gaming to another level of realism..

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gumbi
Thursday, August 09, 2012 @ 8:39:36 AM

Nope, I hadn't seen this Oculus Rift. Looks pretty cool, but I'm not sold on the whole 3D/VR concept yet. Though, maybe that's just because we've never had the tech to do it right. I'll keep my eye on this one ;)

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DrRockso87
Wednesday, August 08, 2012 @ 11:15:03 AM
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I actually think one console would be a horrible idea. Competition increases innovation. If Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo (and even the new OUYA) combined, there would be less interest in creating something bigger and better.

Plus, video game console prices would skyrocket with a monopoly like that. They could charge $1,000 for a console and who's going to complain? Either buy it or get lost.

So, in short, no thanks. Dear God, no thanks.

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tridon
Wednesday, August 08, 2012 @ 12:58:53 PM
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Nintendo PlayStation by Microsoft.


Yup... sounds ridiculous. No thanks! I'm a happy gamer with my Sony PlayStation by Sony. I don't need space marines or jolly plumbers in my gaming diet (though I wouldn't exactly complain about being able to play The Legend of Zelda or Animal Crossing).

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Akuma07
Wednesday, August 08, 2012 @ 6:38:22 PM

You already have Space Marines on your console.....

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tridon
Thursday, August 09, 2012 @ 6:01:21 AM

Doesn't mean that I play them. ;)

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Excelsior1
Wednesday, August 08, 2012 @ 1:21:24 PM
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No!!! What a horrible idea. It would remove the competition factor that has elevated the enitre gaming industry and has driven gaming technology for years. Gamers are better off with these companies at each others throats pushing each other to do better.

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Knightzane
Wednesday, August 08, 2012 @ 2:39:35 PM
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MS would never share money with anybody. Nintendo and Sony however, that would be a cool console. They should at least make a handheld console together. The vita is 10x's better then the 3DS, in my opinion, and their sales would both reach higher limits. Maybe..

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Comic Shaman
Wednesday, August 08, 2012 @ 4:00:30 PM

"There is only one Lord of the Red Ring, only one who can bend it to his will. And he does not share power."

(I realize RROD jokes are a bit old, but your first sentence made it hard to resist.)

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JonnyR
Wednesday, August 08, 2012 @ 3:42:46 PM
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why do we always see this question for consoles?

would you expect the same from the makers of phones, TVs, cars and computers?

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Dancemachine55
Wednesday, August 08, 2012 @ 8:40:45 PM

Remember Blu-ray VS HD DVD?

None took off, until Blu-ray won the battle.

A single entertainment entity is far less confusing for the consumers than 3 or 4 choices, especially when 2 of those choices have the same goal. Being the most powerful and containing the most online services and products for core, casual, young and older gamers.

MS has the services, but very few exclusive games. It just knows how to milk those franchises and keep them successful.

If the developers decided to go multi-platform, then MS would be screwed (and yes, I am aware Halo, Fable, Forza and Gears of War are all owned by Microsoft, not the developers who created them.)

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DeathOfChaos
Wednesday, August 08, 2012 @ 3:55:27 PM
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It would be interesting, but then there's a huge drawback: competition. Without this, a lot of the greatness that comes from consoles would disappear. Sure, the big three would still compete software wise, but it isn't the same as the kind of competition as between hardware. I mean, even with PC gaming, there are people that put enough money into a gaming PC that they could have bought a brand new car. Then the software competes using that fact and you've got competition for better experiences and bigger graphics. As nice as it would be to bring together all three, it's best the way it is. Good would be the power of the PS3, the Nintendo flagship titles, and... ummm... not sure what the 360 would bring over what the other two already have alone, lol. The bad would be Nintendos gimmicks, Microsofts mandatory monthly fee for online, and Sony's useless updates that don't help anything, lol.

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Dancemachine55
Wednesday, August 08, 2012 @ 8:50:17 PM

Ouya and Apple's console would provide more than enough competition if MS, Sony and Nintendo joined forces.

If anything, I think it's a great idea! No need to go higher than 1080p, unless you own a TV bigger than 60 inches. And 60fps is more than smooth enough for the human eye and reaction timing.

If anything, 10 years ago, we would've needed the competition between the Big 3 to keep consoles making more and more powerful and fancy hardware. Problem is, we're finally approaching the bottleneck in terms of raw power and starting to look at innovative content, software and ways to interact with consoles. Just look at Kinect and the Wiimote!!

With Unreal Engine 4, Luminous Engine for Square Enix and ILM's new engine shown in Star Wars 1313, along with current gen looking unbelievably good with the likes of Uncharted 3, The Last of Us and Battlefield 3, I think we're finally starting to reach the peak of photo-realistic HD graphics rendering and real-life physics processing.

I would not be surprised if the next gen lasts 12 years, and I would honestly be more than happy with that. I would be even happier if next gen has full backwards compatability with my PS3 and 360 games and digital content! All those Singstar and Rock band songs I've bought are great for parties, I'd hate to lose them.

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MrAnonymity
Wednesday, August 08, 2012 @ 4:20:32 PM
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This article is positively hilarious - and not for the reason you think. A good friend of mine and I are always talking about games (among other things) and certain topics surface more than others. One topic - in particular - is the console war. What makes this hilarious is that, in complete seriousness and truth, my friend brought up the possibility of a universal, collaborative console ending the war.

The fanboy side of me wants all else to just concede and let Sony take all... but the logical side of me wonders exactly what benefits there would be to such a collaboration. Though something like this ever even being talked about isn't much less than a pipe dream, it would still be quite interesting to see exactly what would be created.

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Ludicrous_Liam
Wednesday, August 08, 2012 @ 7:33:15 PM

One big, big benefit would be that you can play with anyone in the world, no matter what (if by including Microsoft you eliminate the PC, for argument sake). I just really love the thought of that.

But in all honesty, what would the other competitors bring to the table? I don't want mandatory motion controls, and I don't want a mandatory subscription in order to play online. Those two things rake in a lot of money for Nintendo & Microsoft, so I doubt they'd consider dropping them.

It's all so...eurgh, you just don't want to think about it. Keep things simple. xD

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booze925
Wednesday, August 08, 2012 @ 4:49:52 PM
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One word: No.
Other one word: Monopoly.

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mustang750r
Wednesday, August 08, 2012 @ 5:04:20 PM
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Have Sony handle the hardware and some games, Nintendo strictly games, and Microsoft with the OS (with some Sony help cause look at what M$ has done with W8).

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firesoul453
Wednesday, August 08, 2012 @ 5:39:26 PM
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That would suck!

Competition makes the best products

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, August 08, 2012 @ 7:19:21 PM
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"Just say NO!"

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Dancemachine55
Wednesday, August 08, 2012 @ 8:35:51 PM
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I think Microsoft and Sony should make a joint venture into a unified console, especially since both have the same goal of making a powerful console that acts as the central hub to all entertainment.

Playstation and Xbox exclusives all on the 1 console. Backwards compatability with PS1, PS2, Xbox, PS3 and Xbox 360 games (either physical or digital) would be a dream for the older gaming folks with a love of nostalgic trips.

PSN and Xbox Live merge to create PS Live or Xbox Network. No more fighting over exclusivity, all channels and services in the one box.

AND because Nintendo would still be around and kicking in the innovative gaming and casual / family-friendly gaming department, MS and Sony's console would still have competition driving innovation.

With hints of both Xbox and Playstation next-gen consoles sounding very similar (according to some rumours) and both companies prolonging the current gen, methinks they might possibly be up to something.... a deal to share digital content or services perhaps? A brand new console developed by both companies?

The AMD and Radeon 7000 series components found in both consoles is enough to make me a little giddy with excitement about the possibilites of next-gen. :)

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SmokeyPSD
Thursday, August 09, 2012 @ 12:47:15 AM
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The thing I like about this possibility is fostering one community, I think that is an ideal to go after if it ever were to happen. I love gaming but I detest current gaming culture.

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Gamer46
Thursday, August 09, 2012 @ 1:03:24 AM
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It will never happen. Sony and Nintendo tried once and it didn't work and it certainly wouldn't work if an American company in MS gets thrown into the mix, too much culture clash. Besides that, if by some miracle all 3 did come together, I'd be against it, I want nothing to do with a $1,000+ home console and $500+ handheld.

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LowKey
Thursday, August 09, 2012 @ 2:29:34 AM
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Those who know me, know very well my views on M$... Unfortunately Billy is a thief and a swindler. If I wasn't so sure that he would steal it and take all the credit, I would actually not mind it at all.

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___________
Thursday, August 09, 2012 @ 6:21:57 AM

dude, you do realize billy retired years ago right?

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___________
Thursday, August 09, 2012 @ 6:30:16 AM
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would never happen!
ninty and $ony are FAR too big thick headed to ever consider even working with anyone!
let alone each other!
especially after what happened with the ps1.
it would be cool to see how it would turn out though, it defiantly would bring out something allot better than what we have now!

$ony has always been the best at bringing the up most futuristic technology to consoles, probably the most important part of a console!
there extensive first party library is priceless too!

M$ has always been the best at OS and GUIs, just because they have had so much experience with them.
look at the UI and OS for the 360!
clean, sleek, looks nice and a freaking 2 year old could find everything on it!
and the OS footprint is so freaking tiny, especially compared to $onys XMB!
plus they could bring their superior online services.
not to mention M$ has always had far better SDKs and development tools available to developers, and also have spaces for indie developers unlike $ony!

than ninty would bring their strive for uniqueness, bring something new to the medium.
that and of course the classic nostalgic franchises!

that would be perfect!
because instead of having 3 different consoles with different strengths and weaknesses, you have 1 console with all strengths and no weaknesses!
then all they would have to do is group with a VR vendor, hopefully occulus will be available for next gen.
HIGHLY doubtful, but hey were dreaming here so why not continue?
that would be THE perfect console!
1 system working to each of the 3 companies strengths, and replace the expensive TVs, cables and all accessory expenses with a plain simple far cheaper VR set!

oh and of course bring over mod support!
still cant believe so few ps3 games have mod support!
once UT3 came out and it exploded on ps3 i really thought it would of become industry standard for ps3 games to have mod support, but sadly thats not the case.

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Amnesiac
Thursday, August 09, 2012 @ 10:39:31 AM
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I'm for it.

That way anyone who likes video games has the opportunity to play any game they want without shelling out the cash for an entire system only to play a few games.
(i.e. Fable, Mass Effect, Lost Odyssey)

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richfiles
Friday, August 10, 2012 @ 3:01:42 PM
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Given how bad Microsoft's hardware issues impacted gamers in this generation with the Red Ring of Death, but how Microsoft has excelled in the realm of online and software (They are a software company after all), I'd like to see Sony and Microsoft team up. Sony's raw hardware power, Microsoft's software and human interface experience, and create a unified "Power" console.

I am fine with Nintendo doing just as they have been. It would create an economy/performance, cheap/premium console business model. Competition would still exist, but the two consoles could fill two niches, with overlap in the center.

It'd be a return to the good old days of Nintendo/Sega... And a relief for my wallet!

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Ather
Friday, August 10, 2012 @ 3:58:00 PM
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I'd love it . Save on money, save on space. Each compnay can make their own games for it. No more deciding which version to get. It'd boos their sales as people could buy all the games and not have to buy 3 different systems. Especially at $400 a pop.

But they won't, because of the immediate money lost. Figure each system sold would have to be divided up 3 ways. WHy lsoe 2/3 a system price? Never mind you'd make more money up with the games sold. Then what happens if Sony games sell the most? The others would complkain they're not making enough on their games. They'd cut ties and go back to individual systems again.

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NIK
Friday, August 10, 2012 @ 4:02:15 PM
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After the coming generation (Wii U, "Xbox 720," & PS4) I believe that this will half happen. the way things are currently shaping out I see it to be likely that the Wii U will be a major flop, especially after the other new consoles drop. The Wii U will be competing with the Xbox 360 n PS3 @ pretty low prices for a similar experience n then once the other new consoles are released, the Wii U will die.

Afterwards, I believe that Nintendo will go the Sega route and strictly publish n develop their brand of games (Zelda, Mario, etc) and will pretty much team up with either Microsoft or Sony. Who? Idk... I would lean towards Sony to get the nod on that one. But who knows?

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richfiles
Saturday, August 11, 2012 @ 1:59:05 AM

Nah... Nintendo will be fine. They will keep the price lower than the competition and succeed by means of one simple fact... The new consoles will be expensive for a few years, and Nintendo WILL have an advantage in this crap economy.

Wii sales have faltered, but they don't need to keep up system sales... They already sold those. It's all profit now, selling titles for it. The Wii U needs only be popular enough to replace a large chunk of the installed Wii user base. They will sell more systems to those looking for a cheaper experience.

They'll be fine.

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