Spielberg: 3D Gaming, Virtual Reality Will Replace Consoles
In this industry, it's all about progressing at an almost unheard-of clip, which means we may be leaving the "console wars" behind sooner than we all might think...
In a recent Guardian UK interview with legendary movie man Steven Spielberg, the Oscar-winning director said he believes that video game consoles "will go the way of the dodo." Basically, he says 3D gaming and virtual reality is the true wave of the future and the traditional method of virtual interaction will eventually give way to newer technology. He added that at some point, we'll be "playing directly on our TV sets, bypassing all of the platforms." Spielberg is kinda into games these days, as he has just finished his second Boom Blox game for the Nintendo Wii, but everything is going to change so we had best be ready. Said Spielberg:
"In the short term I would love to start seeing 3D games developed where with a good pair of glasses we get a real three-dimensional experience in front of an appropriate monitor that is designed just for 3D. And after that, will certainly be virtual reality, which just like 3D came and went in the 1950s, and now it's here to stay in movies.
I really think virtual reality, which experimentally came and went in the eighties, is going to be redeveloped, just like 3D is being redeveloped today, and that's going to be the new platform for our gaming future."
Well, it's certainly something we gamers have thought about for quite some time. We've always wondered: if and when this happens, will we be around for it? Will playing video games in the future include nothing more than one universal headset of sorts that alters our brains and puts us into a virtual battleground? Will there be no such thing as "AI?" It's all worth talking about but for the here and now, we think it'll be tough to wave goodbye to the console. That'll be a sad day.
5/20/2009 Ben Dutka