Posted on October 23, 2007,

Denis Dyack Calls Unified Platform “Inevitable”

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Denis Dyack has always been a very vocal proponent of having a single console to build games for. EA recently echoed similar statements, as Gerhard Florin said EA wanted an “open, standard platform.” That doesn’t mean it’s going to happen though; Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony aren’t about to throw in the towel so that such a thing could happen.

But according to Dyack, it’s an inevitability.

“Imagine a unified platform – one console for all gamers – that would bring a massive paradigm shift to the games industry, where games would become better in quality, cheaper, and more widely available. Sound good? It can happen. Better yet, it’s inevitable. It will happen.”

While he doesn’t have any real evidence to suggest as much, he believes it’s the logical thing to do.

“The market is also split in an unhealthy way between the major manufacturers,” Dyack told OXM UK. “Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony all may have equal marketshare this generation, making it extremely difficult for third-party publishers to choose what platform to focus on.”

David Jaffe is another big name developer who believes this is the future of the console industry. Maybe, but it’s certainly not on the brink of happening.

via Next Gen

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11 Comments on Denis Dyack Calls Unified Platform “Inevitable”

Norbit

On October 23, 2007 at 2:43 pm

Cant see it happening. Sony and Nintendo have made far too much money from doing their own thing hardware wise to throw that away.

harrison schaerr

On October 23, 2007 at 3:08 pm

it’d be interesting… i doubt these companies would be able to resolve their differences…

nintendo knows it’s valuable now… a relationship between microsoft and sony is actually feasible though.

microsoft knows it’s can’t do anything in japan, sony knows it’s online network can’t hold a candle to xbox live…

i could see these 2 companies collaborating to make a 1080p blu ray console with xbox live and games for windows support…

that’d actually be pretty nice…

Ron Whitaker

On October 23, 2007 at 3:17 pm

@Norbit: I’d agree with you. Besides, while a unified console is obviously in the interest of the game developers, it’d be terrible for the consumer. One console, no competition for price, no competition for games, no competition for anything!

Having more than one console available and viable in the market keeps all the manufacturers working to keep prices down so they can draw business. Eliminating that competition would remove that aspect of the industry, and we’d all lose as a result.

@harrison: Games for Windows Live? Seriously? That has to be the worst idea MS has ever come up with. Have you noticed how it’s getting little to no press and little to no support? Everyone, MS included, knows it’s already failed.

Fremder

On October 23, 2007 at 5:01 pm

The universal gaming system is the PC, I’m sure in a few years if pc developers are up to the challenge, they could create a computer that is capable of playing PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii games on it and even using the controllers. In fact the Wii is already being brought onto the PC by a Half-Life 2 mod team.

Anthony Murrieta

On October 23, 2007 at 5:05 pm

when dyack calls for a “new, open platform” he is not saying one company should be in the video game biz, he is just calling for a standard that is compatible. much like a pc. while macs are made only by mac, pc’s are made my many different companies, not to mention the custom platforms users can piece together. competition would not end, but may even open up the way it has for smaller components like: controllers, remotes, shells, etc. with this new calling, even components INSIDE the console could be made by producers other than “whoever” or “whoever else” and quite possibly open up the gates of competition. while this may lead to inferior products initially, competition will ensure a better product soon enough. to make a long story short, just examine the history of PC gaming

weclock

On October 23, 2007 at 5:12 pm

the compatible standard, I like it the way it is. Wii on DVD, Xbox on DVD, and PS3 on blu-ray.

Nick

On October 23, 2007 at 5:53 pm

I can see

One Console for ALL CONSOLE GAMES

and PC

TommyBoy

On October 24, 2007 at 6:30 am

Wud be good i reckon, if you see a game you can get it, not like oh that looks awsome, oh its only on PC/PS3/Xbox i cant get it. That really sucks……….

Ron Whitaker

On October 24, 2007 at 9:06 am

@Anthony: The entire point of the console industry is that the system architecture and hardware is standardized across every console sold. Believe me, I’ve talked to enough developers this year who said that fact alone was the reason that more console games get made: It’s just easier to develop for them. Why? Because you know what you’re getting. If a game runs at 75fps on my PS3, it’ll run at 75fps on all PS3′s. I don’t have to worry about 3 different makes of video cards, and forty different brands of RAM.

Sure, you might get different companies to make the components, but that’s happening now. The only change would be that either MS, Sony, and Nintendo would have to agree on a unified standard for all consoles (can’t see that happening), or they’d all have to merge. Riiight.

havoc of smeg

On October 24, 2007 at 12:42 pm

the thought of 360/PC/PS3 games is a sweet idea and a step in the right direction.
but lets face it, IF (and thats a big if) it does happen, it wont happen for years or even decades, theres too much compition for profits for them to make 1 console between them

weclock

On October 24, 2007 at 1:07 pm

I still think Competition is a superior way.