Iwata Says Fixed Launches for Future Consoles “Too Inflexible”
Don’t expect the next iteration of the Wii or DS for a while, because according to Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, Nintendo will only release a new generation of hardware when their current platforms’ potential is nonexistent. He made this sentiment very clear when speaking at a recent financial results conference, stating, “Scheduling for a rather fixed launch date 4 years from today, regardless of future changes in the industry and the market, appears to be too inflexible an approach to us.”
“I’m quite doubtful that such a notion of platform cycles can be applied in the future…As we continue our research and study for new hardware, when we will be able to launch a new kind of hardware will actually depend on when we can change entertainment completely, and so have a strong impact on people around the world. Or, there will certainly be a time when we have to say that we have done everything possible with the current machine, that we can never propose anything new,” Iwata said.
“Lately, I cannot say I’m making video games on the frontline of development, but as a person who used to develop software, the availability of new hardware means that we possess a new weapon. We long for a new weapon whenever we cry that we cannot fight anymore with the current weapons. But today’s situation is such that we are not desperate for any new weapons at all.
“Whenever we are working on so-called next generation hardware, we are always thinking in terms of the future,” he continued. “We need to forecast what the future will be like with the expected evolution of new technologies which are available at any given time, and try to identify the so-called “sweet spot” of technology over the next few years.”
It’s an interesting point, since we know Sony has made it very clear that its consoles have 10-year life cycles – but how do they know the hardware will be able to do something new, eight years from now? At the same time, they’ve at least equipped the PlayStation 3 with some major power under the hood, which the Wii most certainly isn’t packing.
via Next Gen