If you have been in a dilemma about the next hardware coming up after the release of PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Wii U, you might want to check the news out there. Big names and people from the video game industry thinks that the future of gaming won?t be focused on dedicated hardwares. PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Wii U might be the last consoles we?ll be seeing.
In a previous Famitsu interview with Katsuhiro Harada, producer of Namco Bandai, he believes that the future of videogames will not be about consoles anymore but rather services. ?He thinks that the PlayStation 5 would be a controller and a monitor only.
?I think in the future, it will be a contest of services instead of hardware? says Harada. He believes that cloud services will go beyond far more than what they are right now.
Shuhei Yoshida, Sony president of Worldwide Studios also stated the PlayStation brand is likely to be become a service from being a hardware.
“We previously spoke about PlayStation going from hardware to something closer to a service, regardless of the device,” He added. “Of course, PlayStation will still be the center, but I think we would like to expand to different things.” Sony plans to will focus on a more service-oriented in the future through cloud-powered applications like PlayStation Now. Microsoft Xbox One is also pushing its imaginative limits with cloud. Wii U, on the other hand, is focusing on something different with their ?Quality Of Life? platform which seems to follow the suit.
Lastly, just recently, EEDAR chief product officer, Geoffrey Zatkin claims Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Wii U could be the last generation of dedicated hardware. He made this claim during a panel called ?Awesome Video Game Data?. He didn?t mention anything about what will come next for the future iterations of gaming mediums.