One of the three main platform holders doesn't have the stomach for the next generation of console hardware, according to a top exec at game streaming service Gaikai.
As reported by IndustryGamers, chief product officer Nanea Reeves told an audience at CES in Las Vegas today that she anticipates that one of the main platform holders will decide not to launch another round of hardware.
"Not all of the current console makers will have one more generation. That will be the big news at E3," she said.
With Nintendo already prepping the Wii U, that leaves either Sony or Microsoft. Grab yourself a pinch of salt and place your bets.
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Sony was quick to shoot down rumors that a PS4 would be announced at this year's E3, but things just got a lot more interesting all of a sudden, as cloud gaming service Gaikai has commented that one of the current console manufacturers actually won't be creating another console for the next generation. Speaking during CES, Nanea Reeves, chief product officer for Gaikai, predicted, "Not all of the current console makers will have one more generation. That will be the big news at E3."
If true, wow. With Wii U guaranteed to launch in 2012, that means it's either going to be Microsoft or Sony. Our take is that it's probably Sony because financially the company would have a tougher time with the huge R&D and manufacturing for yet another new console.
Beyond that, it's easy to speculate that perhaps Sony is working on some major cloud gaming partnership with Gaikai instead of devoting resources to another piece of hardware. We'll bring you more as we hear it!
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Cloud gaming service Gaikai has made the bold prediction that either Sony or Microsoft will quit the console race during E3. Speaking at CES, Gaikai chief product officer Nanea Reeves claimed that "not all of the current console makers will have one more generation. That will be the big news at E3."
This is, to put it mildly, a controversial point of view. It's worth noting that Gaikai's business relies on cloud gaming, so having one less console to compete with would be in the company's best interest. For that reason, this prediction should be taken with a huge grain of salt, especially as rumors about new consoles continue to fly.
This comes just twenty-four hours after Sony's Kaz Harai said that a PlayStation 4 won't be at E3. In Gaikai's view, it could be that a new Sony console isn't coming at all.
Do you think that Sony and Microsoft will continue to make consoles? Let us know in the comments below.
Modificata da Azazel, 11 January 2012 - 11:59 PM.