A few days ago Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter mentioned that this might be the last real console cycle, and today Sony Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida responded during a livestreamed panel from EGX in Birmingham.
“Michael is fun to listen to, right? (laughs)
We look at all of these analyst reports, and every year, from the same company, the forecast changes hugely, because of the things that happen in the year before. They change their prediction dramatically.
I don’t, you know, mind hearing something like that, because it’s so interesting… Consoles were announced dead for the longest time. Even at the time when PlayStation One was being worked on, some analyst said that PC games would dominate in the future and there would be no place for home consoles.
Every time these things are proven wrong, and as long as we have passionate people wanting to continue to play on game consoles, we wll try hard to continue, and even make it bigger for the future.”
For the sake of clarity, Pachter did not allege that this will be the last console generation overall, but that the next will be about half as big as this one, and that console gaming should not require a console.
Interestingly, Yoshida-san also talked about remasters, mentioning that Sony is doing them selectively since about half of those who own a PS4 did not own a PS3. It’s not easy and it takes expertise, so Sony might be able to get to do Killzone in the future, but at the moment he has nothing to announce.
Lastly, he also was asked about what Sony Bend is doing, and his answer was cryptic but teasing, mentioning that Sony bend “exists, and they are making some awesome cool game.” Yet he could not say more, including whether the game is for PS4 or PS Vita (even if all the hunts we heard so far from other sources point to a PS4 game).