EA Wants an “Open, Standard Platform”
EA’s Gerhard Florin says that EA – and developers in general – are tired of the extra work that comes along with having five different platforms which are incompatible with one another. He also says it makes life harder on the consumer.
“We want an open, standard platform which is much easier than having five which are not compatible,” said EA’s head of international publishing.
EA currently develops games for 14 platforms (too bad one of them isn’t the Dreamcast, maybe it would have done well in that case), which span home consoles, handhelds, and PCs. Florin said, “We’re platform agnostic and we definitely don’t want to have one platform which is a walled garden.”
He suggested that in the future, web and set-top boxes will be become more important, and that server-based games will be streamed to those boxes or PCs. “You don’t need an Xbox 360, PS3 or Wii – the consumer won’t even realise the platform it is being played on.”
Some think this is a brilliant idea. Others, like Denis Dyack, believe that a single system is the way to go. And there are those who believe this concept is insanity and that it’ll never work. Which side of the argument do you fall on?
via BBC News