Posted on November 5, 2007,

Iwata Says Fixed Launches for Future Consoles “Too Inflexible”

satoru-iwata.jpgDon’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

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5 Comments on Iwata Says Fixed Launches for Future Consoles “Too Inflexible”


On November 5, 2007 at 5:57 pm

That makes sense to me, I mean why fix it if it ain’t broke?


On November 5, 2007 at 5:58 pm

So what they’re saying is that, if they can make money publishing for the Wii, they’ll continue to do so, but if it turns out in a year or two that “their current platforms’ potential is nonexistent”, they reserve the right to just dump everyone who bought a Wii and move on to the next generation?

Sony’s 10-year policy isn’t a prediction of the future, it’s a promise. The PS3 launched six or seven years after the PS2, but Sony continues to develop titles for the PS2 because that’s what they promised customers who bought PS2s. You can feel secure buying a Sony product because you know, regardless of which way the market turns or how the future turns out, that Sony will support the product you bought for as long as they said they will.

What a way to twist words, though. Nintendo is giving themselves the right to abandon their customers, and claims that supporting a product that they’ve sold for money is “inflexible”. Disappointing.


On November 5, 2007 at 7:58 pm

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used cisco

On November 5, 2007 at 8:45 pm

“Sony’s 10-year policy isn’t a prediction of the future, it’s a promise. The PS3 launched six or seven years after the PS2, but Sony continues to develop titles for the PS2 because that’s what they promised customers who bought PS2s.”

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That being said, what joke. If you actually believe that you are a total sucker.
Sony kept “supporting” the playstations because there was still money in it. Period. Iwata is basically saying they plan to do the same thing. Keep in mind, Nintendo of Japan finally pulled support for the FAMICOM 2 months ago! Also, Sony isn’t really the one supporting the PS2 right now. Third parties are. They are making games for it because they sell. Don’t kid yourself. If the PS3 totally tanks, you’ll be sitting high and dry with few to no games in a couple of years. The cube sputtered out long before it should have but Nintendo still do a fair job of making games for it. Look at the xbox. That was a total loss for MS and they dumped it like a high school girlfriend after the first day of college. They moved on. If the PS3 is total money loser into year 3 and blu-ray loses to HD-DVD (not likely, but still), you can bet you’ll be wondering where the PS2 level of support is.

used cisco

On November 5, 2007 at 8:48 pm

Also, to be clear, the PS2 launchd a little over 5 years after the PS1 and the PS3 launched a little over 6 years after PS2.