Square-Enix: Game Consoles Hitting Their "Upper Limits"
There have been so many unbelievable advancements in console technology over the past three decades but at this point, might we have gone about as far as we can go...?
Square-Enix certainly thinks so. CEO Yoichi Wada told GamesIndustry.biz that video game consoles "have almost reached their upper limit" in terms of technological sophistication. Mind you, he's not talking about the current consoles being "maxed" out; he's referring to the overall increases made in console technology over the years. Said Wada:
"What's inside the games consoles, like the CPUs, this has been quite advanced already today, but the biggest gap was seen a little more than ten years ago, when Sony came up with the PlayStation. Since then, so many things have already been added that I think it has almost reached the upper limit. No matter what they do, I don't think there can be any more added affect or significant impact with game consoles."
Rather than more advances in CPUs and general hardware, Wada believes the next big strides will take place in each console's networking capabilities; even things like the PlayStation Move and Kinect are "minimal additions." As for those networking capabilities, the Square-Enix boss hinted that his company is currently working on a digital distribution platform similar to Valve's Steam network. This is something that may come to light later in the generation but for now, it's a common question: just how far can we go?
6/25/2010 10:43:50 AM Ben Dutka