A console-less future. It's a topic that rears its head from time to time, and what do you know, today it rears its head again, courtesy of Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima.

"In the near future, we'll have games that don't depend on any platform," he said at yesterday's Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker press event in Tokyo.

"Gamers should be able to take the experience with them in their living rooms, on the go, when they travel — wherever they are and whenever they want to play. It should be the same software and the same experience."

This of course made Hiroshi Kawano, president of Sony Computer Entertainment Japan, who was in attendance, a little nervous. "It's a bold prediction," he said. "We hope he continues to develop for platforms, but we deeply respect his sense of taking on a challenge."

It must be weird, thinking about actually developing for the kind of technology that you once used to dream about in your own "futuristic" games.

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