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?