Sony CEO: Handheld & Home Consoles Won’t “Go Away Anytime Soon”

There’s been some doom and gloom talk of late about the future of console gaming, but according to Sony CEO Kaz Hirai, the home console and game-specific portable markets are here to stay.

Speaking with The Verge, Hirai seems positive about both handheld devices and home consoles remaining competitive with smartphone gaming. He said:

“I think that based on the consumer feedback that we’ve been getting, there is certainly a very large segment of the video game market that is interested in playing immersive games on a game-specific device, as opposed to playing casual games on smartphones. There is certainly a market for that as well, but again, there’s that market where the physical buttons and the controls are very important for that intuitive and intricate gameplay control.

“Between that and also the home-based consoles as well, those aren’t going to go away anytime soon.”

Do you agree with Hirai, or do you believe, as some do, that the next generation of consoles will be the last?

via GameSpot

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4 Comments on Sony CEO: Handheld & Home Consoles Won’t “Go Away Anytime Soon”


On January 10, 2013 at 11:15 am

No, I dont believe that the next generation will be the last. I do believe that those that think the next generation is only going to last 4-6 years will be in for a rude awakening.


On January 10, 2013 at 3:09 pm

I’m with axetwin on this one. I don’t think the next gen will be the last by a long shot. I think ol’ Nintendo has really shown what the future of gaming will be. Say what you want about the WiiU but the ability to transfer your game from your TV to a hand held tablet is fantastic. Alll it will take is a little more tech to be able to transfer to a truly independent hand held device and not be limited to a wireless signal. Can you imagine playing your favorite game @ home and just press a button and *presto* your playing it on your handheld device and taking it with you wherever you go. Seems like marketing people would be hanging themselves if they don’t realize this and see the potential for a bit of, how do they like to put it….. Oh yeah, synergy with the portable and home gaming systems. Nintendo has been doing it for years, Hell the first Wii was just an updated version of the Powerglove and Superscope tech and people acted like it was revolutionary. Linking handhelds and consoles is old hat to the big N, just have to wait for the right bit of tech to make it more economical and a bit more seamless.


On January 11, 2013 at 1:20 am

I think Consoles are almost done for or at least how we see them now is going to end.

i think this is going to be the last high tech generation of consoles, Future generations will be full of super cheap consoles sort of like how the wii is vs a 360 or ps3, 10 years time we will have computers streaming real time hd video wireless to the tv opening up the world for every single house hold to play state of the art games from there computer without a console being needed or any hdmi cables required.

Programs like Steam’s Big Picture are going to be the norm in every house hold.

Since tablets are such a big part of are world now we might be seeing those being used as a bridge also.


On January 11, 2013 at 10:09 am

Consoles aren’t going to die any time soon, but they WILL end up having to essentially becoming home computers.