Tekken’s Producer Thinks the PS5 Won’t be a Console, But it’ll Just Be a Service Based on the Cloud

Tekken Producer Katsuhiro Harada is known for having some pretty extreme ideas. That said, he has a lot of experience in the console market, so it’s hard to ignore what he has to say about it. His vision for the future of consoles, and in particular of the PlayStation 5, is rather interesting and frightening at the same time, as he explained in an interview on Famitsu.

I think in the future things will be played on the service, rather than on the hardware. The Cloud is often mentioned, and if cloud services progress, the time when only the name of the service will remain will come some day.

The PS5 Probably Won’t Have a main console, but just the screen and controller. So what remains will be just the name of the service. It could be named just “PlayStation network”. Steam is defined a platform, but it’s not a hardware platform. It’s the name of the service.

While I can see where Harada-san comes from, especially considering that Sony Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida sees a future in which PlayStation games will be played on any device, I can’t help but hope that he’s wrong on this. I’m very fond of my console, and I can’t wait to see what kind of hardware Sony will be able to create for the PlayStation 5, or Microsoft for the Xbox…Two?

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  • Vex


  • foureyes oni

    i’m thinking playstation version of steam for pc and a ps5 console in the future.

  • EX+

    Why? Huh? It’s completely illogical. Why do mobile devices have to take over? To get a mobile device to ‘dwarf’ the PS4 and XBO as people like RTU say, wouldn’t you need to develop quantum physics? Size actually matters. Why do you think PCs can be so big?

  • TheExile285 ♜

    That sounds awful. I want another 10-15 years of physical consoles before we start getting that crap -_-

    • EX+

      Well personally, I think physical and digital distribution should coexist.

      • TheExile285 ♜

        Coexisting is fine. That is basically what we have now

  • MegaRay

    Ps5 and Xbox2 will not be cloud server. Im from the future and I can confirm that

    • PhantomVash808
      • MegaRay

        Ps9 is the down of the ps sadly, even uncharted 13 couldnt help them

    • Al_Zamora

      And people from the future can’t lie. It’s a fact. Look it up. Lol

      • MegaRay

        Well… yes almost everything has a lie detector so you better not

  • Alex

    it make sense, seeing how stream machines may become a real competitor. The move to digital is gonna happen sooner or later. There is just so much more money to be made in the digital space.

  • Nicholas Perry

    Yeah, not going to happen.

    Give me lossless realtime encoding of video. And maybe. But that’s a stretch.

    • hoyyoyo1


  • tilt

    As it stands now, we have a coexistence between console and service. That is apart of the dominant design. A full on service with television/controller interface is far from happening. I don’t know if we’ll have the internet speeds (or whatever else), at the consumer level, to support that kind of service. Fifteen or twenty years from now we might begin to see that change but come PS5 it’s straight consoles in my view.

    • hoyyoyo1


  • Jeremiah Enrile

    Sorry no, I dont want to be connected to the internet all the time. IF and only if “Internet” is as mainstream as electrcity, then we may embrace this thing. but yet again. i want to keep my “Collection of games” in my shelves thank you very much. i dont want to buy my game knowing its being kept on the servers. I would embrace digital only because you could still back it up on an external hardrive. unlike “streaming” which technically you can’t Keep

    • Jonatan Lara

      Hipster detected XD

  • dimka

    This is the last console generation. Next 10 or so years it’ll be all cloud.

  • matt dickinson

    If the quality of the streaming is good enough then it eliminates the need for a local box and becomes like Netflix or Amazon Video on Demand, pay-per-view, iTunes, etc. This has the disadvantage of not owning your own discs or cards, but the tech can be continually updated from the server side to the best that’s possible.

  • Jan Compaf

    LMFAO i hope not