One of the major topics of discussion among players at the moment is this: how will the next generation of gaming experiences be? With Nintendo's big boss declaring that there are no plans for a Switch successor, and both Microsoft and Sony are playing keeping their cards relatively close to their chest with regards to future plans, it's really hard to predict how – and on which devices – we "will play in a few years.
For example, we do not know when to expect a PlayStation 5 or an Xbox Two (or whatever else they end up being called). Also, we do not know if the traditional and tangible square consoles that live next to your TV will be the same as the VHS player and will be replaced by a sort of Netflix-style gaming hub hosted online. Technology is constantly changing, as is the way we consume the media, so it is impossible to predict where the game will be in a decade.
Thanks to an interview with Game Informer, however, we know what Shawn Layden (the head of Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide Studios, and therefore essentially the boss of all things PlayStation) thinks about where we are currently. Here is an interesting quote from Layden, from what is a long and insightful interview:
"I do not want to exaggerate about this because it could upset some of the people I work with, but I think we are actually looking at a post-console world where you can have quality gaming experiences through a variety of technologies: Sure, PS4 and PS4 Pro provide what, of course, we think is the best gaming experience, but the other consoles out there, either Switch, Xbox One X, or tablets or phones – there are great experiences in all this: what we have to do is recognize all this, not we are small gaming ghettos that are not federated or aligned, we are all part of the same gaming community, we just do it through different doors I think the future will be an extension of that metaphor: your platform is not your hiding place , it's just your door for all these other players ".
When the interviewer said that "You care about the film, not the projector it runs on", Layden added:
"Precisely, remember that years ago you would have seen," This is in Cinemacolor! This is in Technicolor! This is in Panavision! & # 39; and I thought, "Okay, take me to my movie & # 39; I think we are approaching for the videogames community where we are only one gaming community ".
This, of course, does not mean that Sony is not working on a next-generation console. Layden has not commented on how / when / when we could see a PS5, but it has already been confirmed that Sony is working on a new console of some sort. But, as regards the fact that the next Sony device will have a similar purpose to previous PlayStation consoles or completely reinvent the wheel, this remains to be seen.
Of course, it's nice to hear Layden praise other consoles and realize that the video game community is becoming less segregated with hardware. Does this mean we will see less rivalry and exclusivity in the coming years, and more cross-platform connectivity? Of course, we'll just have to wait and see, but it should be fun to see the future of the games take shape …