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?