From what Phil Harrison, a man who held executive positions at both Sony and Atari said…yes. His belief is that in the future, gaming will be available through web-browsers and open platforms rather than consoles dedicated to gaming. From what was said at the Italian Videogame Developers Conference, he can see games with the same quality as Modern Warfare 2 running on web-based browsers.
“I think we have probably seen the last of the traditional game console companies already in the market. I don’t think we’re going to see a new entrant who is going to be able to compete at the level that Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo have established…The console companies, I believe, will want to figure out how to become more open and to deliver more content without restriction to more people, to stimulate creativity…I think in the next five-to-ten years we will easily get this level of game inside a web browser, on your mobile platform, on your iPad, and we will be able to deliver that level of immersion to any kind of screen.”
What do you think? Do you think we’re seeing the end of platforms as we know them?