Square Enix Anticipating The Death of Consoles

Square Enix may be notorious for looking back when developing games, but when it comes to the strategy of big business, they're looking as far forward as the human eye can see.

"In ten years' time a lot of what we call ‘console games' won't exist", Square Enix boss Yoichi "Imperial Hot" Wada told MCV in an interview.

"In the past the platform was hardware, but it has switched to the network. A time will come when the hardware isn't even needed anymore."


"With that, any kind of terminal becomes a potential platform on which games can be played – that's exponential growth in the potential of gaming. The potential size of the market is enormous."

So, while you may think FFXIII is the bees knees, Square are probably more interested about the performance of FFXIV.

Square Enix: Consoles set for extinction [MCV]

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I mean, I can see where the guy is aiming at, and yes, it is a possibility.

But it's long since I stopped believing technology points out the way of the future.

Money does.

If having multiple consoles from 3 different companies is the best way to harvest money from gamers, this is where the market is heading.

It's still kinda hard to understand what Wada is trying to say. Probably the cloud computing idea... you don't need hardware, just dumb terminals connected to the Internet running games remotely.

The thing is: with or without piracy, even while game developers and console companies whine and whine about it, physical game media and consoles are still a highly profitable business.

And ultimately, it's the gaming companies that tells game developers to make them optimized for the hardware, or to run remotely...

If you turn that to a more like "subscription service" idea, going exclusive to cloud computing/gaming, it could reach a broader audience and a more stable income.

BUT the final sum would be substatially lower for gaming companies, and the hardware business would go bankrupt basically.

Without tons of people financing hardware research, what would be the point. Shure there would still be servers and stuff, but that doesn't come even close to what the home user market generates.

But oh well, I'm not an expert on this, so who knows? Maybe gaming really goes all to the network.

The same day that happens the network becomes self-aware at 2:14 a.m. Eastern time. In a panic, Nintendo try to pull the plug.

Skyn- Mario fights back.

He launches its fireballs against the targets in Russia.