HUH? Harada Suggests Nintendo/MS/Sony Make Joint Console

It’s no secret many in the gaming industry are frustrated. Bigwigs have complained about the pace of innovation, and of course the length of the current generation of consoles (even going so far as to blame that specifically for the lack of innovation in the last few years’ worth of games.) Though there’s probably not much truth to that bit, it is fair to say, just speaking as an observer, that the industry seems overly fixated on gimmicks rather than on things consumers actually respond to, and it is taking longer than expected for the next generation of consoles to launch.

Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada is among those frustrated with the pace of innovation, and in an interview with news.com.au, he laid out a really crazy, never going to happen idea for resolving it. And seriously, it’s kind of nuts.

“For a long time,” he said, “the game industry has been able to control the way people play games. There was a platform that people used solely for their gaming needs, and the industry had control of the trends and such that occurred… I think it would be interesting if Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo got together just to make one console. It makes me very happy to think about all the possibilities that could occur because of that.”

Hahah, yeah, I’m sure it does. It’s fun to sit around and wonder what would happen if Spider-man teamed up with Superman to fight Lex Luthor and the Kingpin. It’s also fun to dream up pie in the sky solutions for the problems facing consumers or businesses. For instance, I’d love it if the government would declare the Internet a public service like the Post Office and just make it as widely, and unlimitedly available as it would be possible to do. Na ganna happen though, because the realities of the marketplace. Just like Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony will never ever ever join forces.

Since we’re spitballing, however, what is likely to happen is that at some point, one or more of the console makers will make a series of misteps that critically endangers them just as the industry is undergoing significant changes. Then, then take huge chance and blow it spectacularly, which results in the company withdrawing from the console game entirely, ala Sega. I can’t imagine which one of them might be the first to go this route; can you?

Via VG 24/7

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2 Comments on HUH? Harada Suggests Nintendo/MS/Sony Make Joint Console

R.J.

On August 8, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Even if we ignore that these competitors would not want to collaborate with each other, I think Harada is mistaken that such a project would be a good thing. I’m sure he is thinking about the prospect of each company bringing the best it has to offer to the table, but he is ignoring that it is competition that breeds innovation. If the three console manufacturers had no competition, they would have no reason to try new things. Devs and publishers might complain that the length of current console generation has caused them to stagnate, but I suspect it would be even worse if this collaboration ever happened because none of them would have any need to make something new. Harada’s suggestion would result in a monopoly which is bad for customers.

lol

On August 8, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Who’s frustrated with the Gaming Industry? A bunch of hipsters?

The industry is making more money now than at any point in it’s history. On the contrary people are in LOVE with how gaming is now.

11 Billion in sales, compared to 8.6 billion in sales in 2007.

This is the golden age of gaming, people need to stop taking games so seriously or feel so damn entitled to it, it’s entertainment.