Kojima predicts platform-agnostic gaming future

Metal Gear creator advocates a "near future" where software doesn't rely on a single console, is highly portable.

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At a Konami press conference in Japan yesterday, Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima laid out a ranging assortment of product placements and crossover tie-ins for his studio's latest creation, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. In addition to the inclusion of brands, such as Axe body wash and Doritos, the portable title will pack scenarios and levels inspired by Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed, Capcom's Monster Hunter, and Square Enix's Front Mission Evolved.

Hideo Kojima, gazing into his crystal ball.

Beyond unveiling additional revenue streams for the game, Reuters reports that the venerated game designer also took the opportunity to espouse his vision for a platform-agnostic future.

"In the near future, we'll have games that don't depend on any platform," Kojima said. "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."

Reuters did not indicate what kind of game-delivery service Kojima had in mind. However, his vision sounds similar to that of OnLive's on-demand game-streaming service, which is set to go live in North America on June 17. The service allows gamers to play technologically intensive games on any PC or Mac with a speedy online connection, regardless of the game's technical demands. The company has also said that an iPhone app and HDTV-compatible microconsole will also be available.

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker will arrive for the PSP in North America on June 8. For more information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of the game.

Discussion

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Meffaliss05
Meffaliss05

@zzamaro Yes, i completely agree with you, but i would still not really say that the Go is a failure just yet. On the flip side, yes the price tag is too high. Like many people said, if SONY would drop the prices of the system and downloadable games, that would probalbly make it much more appealing to people. I got myself a go, and i use it almost everyday. It just is way less bulky than the rests of the PSPs, even though it has only a few new features and does the exact same thing otherwise. Do i still use my 3000? Of course i do, but not as often as the go. Bottom line of this repsonce, the PSP go is not a complete failure, even though it's price tag and the game's price tags is what kills it. It is a neat handheld that people keep bashing on for some to no reasons :/ But it does take my money from my wallet sometimes... Before saying something sucks, just give it a try for awhile. At first i thought the go would suck, but when spend time with it, it really isn't that bad.

jamyskis
jamyskis

@Vazzucious You mentioned that you were sure that the next portables would be memory-based. Although tech companies are notorious for being rather arrogant and sometimes not learning from their mistakes (s. Microsoft with MSN Music and Zune), the Go was such a catastrophic and hugely expensive failure for Sony that they're going to be feeling it for years to come. They won't be in any hurry to repeat their folly by relying solely on digital distribution again.

Vazzucious
Vazzucious

While i dont think the portable systems will ever catch up with the current gen system, I do think the psp is the closest to have the all in one system. With the pspgo you can hook it up to a tv and play with a ps3 controller or take it with you. If they would have had these options with the umd psps it would have been amazing(the go blows) It is possible to do what Kojima is saying but it has the Wii effect, you are sticking with current gen hardware for your system instead of next gen because you are shrinking hardware instead of making it more powerful. Since the PS3 and 360 are suppose to last for 10 years i wouldn't be surprised to see a portable version of either before the next real console, but im sure they would be memory based and you would have to rebuy every game for it.

lamprey263
lamprey263

well, it'll be a weird and interesting future when I'm taking the bus to work and someone sitting next to me is playing Call of Duty's competitive multiplayer on his portable device through the -G network screaming "you effing newb!! stop camping!!"... and all the common racist and homophobic epithets that usually follow

PatchMaster
PatchMaster

Sounds like Kojima is getting a iPad.

mack10
mack10

This is digital streaming and not digital downloads, i really hope they don't get too big on digital streaming because they'll start making games that require so much tech to play and therefore force your hand at buying a top end PC or streaming. Most people wont/can't afford a top end PC so will end up streaming, i just don't like the idea, I would rather own my games physically.

MoK86
MoK86

monson21502 well even though the whole digital download is i would rather prefer it due to the fact that i would never trade game ever at gamestop because they rip you off and i wont never have to worry about scratching or lending or losing or anybody stealing a game from me ever again. oh and the whole reason behind the PSP GO's failure was because everybody already purchased games and then sony releases a psp that doesnt play the disc? that the reason it failed

MoK86
MoK86

XaosII oh im sorry when was the last time you made a better game than kojima san? oh thats right YOU DIDNT you still live at home with mommy ok so please dont talk smack about a person like KOJIMA and try to insult him by saying he's TALENTLESS? man dude your a joke

ahnzz
ahnzz

i dont think OnLive should be launching yet, wait till i get a super computer than ill get OnLive, but after thinking about it i still perfer sitting in front of a big screen and play video games on my ps3 or wii

XaosII
XaosII

When will this talentless hack stop talking about crap he doesn't know?

melty3219
melty3219

Yeah i'm not gonna belive a word he says, he should just go back to making his lame games where the story is basically someone saying "OMG lol snake some guy nobody cares about made an ultimate wepon which dies in 2 - 3 clips from an assualt rifle take care of it plx kktnxbai"

johny300
johny300

I respect hideo kojima.guess will have to wait .

NoelXYeul
NoelXYeul

Welcome to 2007, Hideo Kojima!

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Nah the industry will always be very competitive. It thrives on it. It encourages developers to keep looking for the next innovative step to stay ahead of its competitors, which is great for us, the consumer. This applies to both hardware and software. Think about it. If we had more unity in the games industry, monopolies would start to form. Me no like sound of that.

ZippyDSMLee
ZippyDSMLee

Cloud computing will more than likely be the future think stem but as a console that plugs into your TV with nintendo,sony and MS selling their stuff online. The trouble is its going to be another 10-20 years before that will be possible on the USA's limited nation wide broadband. So for now until they can stream data more effectively the game industry will put up with the risk and cost of producing their own hardware. The DVD forum is/was made of 3 or 4 main sub groups , the gaming companies can come together and do the same type of profit sharing while only really competing in software and peripheral sales. But looking at the cost of production and the risk of taking care of what you make I think the console war model will continue for the next decade easily while stream and digital sales are refined more and more. Whatever they do they should raise physical goods by 50%(max price 80USD) and knock 50% off digital goods(max price 29USD) this way whatever they are selling in the intrem they will still make a profit hand over fist.

monson21502
monson21502

one console would work for me. but digtal games wouldnt. seeing how well the psp go sold, i think im not alone:wink:

Glade_Gnarr
Glade_Gnarr

That would be awesome, but it sounds highly improbable.

Malhound
Malhound

Commenting on devilscry's comment on Sony+Nintendo+Microsoft's console. The console will be named pswii60!

anomaly3001
anomaly3001

I just think there needs to be only one console!

monson21502
monson21502

this guy eats to many mushrooms. and by those comments i say they were bad ones:wink:

BigBoss2014
BigBoss2014

im 100% certain( having admired this man scince i was 5) hes talking about downloadable games that are formated to every console or device available or at least most of them any way

xBig__Bossx
xBig__Bossx

Alright guys, a lot of you need to open your minds and see a bigger picture here. I wouldn't take what he said so literal, its along the lines of philosophy. Hes talking about the industry going beyond companies fighting for dominance, to where everything can be more consistent. To where everyone can be on the same page. Example: two people talking and one says hey what console do you have, an xbox, dude that things retarded. I have a ps3, no i say that things retarded, but there is that one game i wanna play thats exclusive to xbox, yeah theres a game i want for ps3 also, well lets go spend extra money or say its not worth that one game and miss out. Now if it was one console the conversation could be like: hey i got the video game system, oh me to i love it. I love to play online shooters mostly, i prefer action/adventure games. Neither of these guys are missing out on what they like because its all there. Now about it being one company, take Apple for example, they make all their products and pretty much don't have to deal with getting a certain part from another company, and this has worked out great for apple, and probably a big reason their products have such high quality. Now about different company's offering different innovations. I'm not sure if it would be this simple but say theres gonna be a new Zelda game(with only one console all company's magical join together) get that team that has always been making Zelda games and it should stay pure.

vader501st
vader501st

Metal Gear Solid series was, is and always will be the greatest work of art ever created. Kojima is an intelligent and creative game designer, so his predictions may someday become true. And I do hope he is right on this one. And one more thing... @swamptick- You're both a coward and a moron. I find your lack of argument distubing .

1uP_OnYou
1uP_OnYou

On another note MGSPW looks fantastic! I wanna play.

swamptick
swamptick

All of this from a guy who can't put together a cogent story, likes BAD comic relief and thinks WEIRD poo jokes are awesome. Preach on Sage Kojima. Sorry. Your game peaked with Metal Gear Solid. The rest has been teenage boys trying hard to justify your lack of awesome mixed with your true genius. Not reading any replies to this comment because the opinion of you children does not matter to me. I have been gaming since well before the original Metal Gear and have really liked the series but it has gotten tangential and weird. Bring on something better.

devilscry
devilscry

if Song, Microsoft and Nintendo all got together and made a Single game system that everyone could enjoy any game on, everyone would still make the money they set out to and everyone would be happy. its never going to happen, but its a great idea!

strayfies
strayfies

Wishful thinking. I doubt the Big Three are going to loosen their grip on exclusive licensing and platform-specific game controllers so readily, since they vie for these every year. There has been competition between consoles since the 1980s and that now spans the majority of what we would consider video-gaming. It's not the nature of the product, it's the nature of business itself. Coke or Pepsi? An arbitrary question; you're going to have a carbonated beverage either way, but Coca-Cola spends billions a year to make sure you pick theirs.

chefstubbies
chefstubbies

So he has gone from a vision of PS3-Only Metal Gear Solid 4...to a vision of playing portable games without the use of any sort of console? So what, we're going to need implants to play games in the future?

Sethbeastalan
Sethbeastalan

I see that he has forgotten about the free market.

Gen007
Gen007

Yeah the only way his vision can be realized anytime soon would be with something like a on live portable which would be really cool. Imagine being able to play crysis on something like a psp. They really should get working on that.

nintendos-mario
nintendos-mario

Sometimes, I really hate the media of using common terms and redefine them like defining "agnostic" to mean "neutral."

HyruleanLink
HyruleanLink

I agree how devices are becoming more portable and handheld. Yet, I do like that game experience in the living room on a TV.

BVCX
BVCX

He's right ladies. Devices are getting smaller and networking speed is going to raise. Its just a matter of time before we see more dd store and super highly portable devices. It might not work perfectly now but its going toward that direction at a very slow rate.

bschroth
bschroth

i would welcome this if he's right. i'd love to have one machine instead of having what i have now: pc, ps3, xbox360, wii, ps2 and two ds. but, i really think this will take longer than we all hope it will. why? because current hardware makers won't collaborate to that degree, yet. they would probably have to be in financial danger to even consider it. and it would mean that developers and publishers would have to make game licenses transferable, which they're not always so great at.

y2guru
y2guru

im not sure what he's thinking unless something has been lost in translation, from a developers perpective, sure 1 dev kit fits all, but even someone as creative as kojima knows there is always something that be done better or meets a designers vision with the next hardware iteration regardless of who makes the hardware. im not even going there with the hardware makers reasoning for being... they have very different visions.

caryslan2
caryslan2

The problem with Kojima's logic is that Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft are not going to sit around and let the market make them irrelevant by allowing games that can be played on any platform. The three of them will figure out how to adapt to the market if it keeps moving towards Digital Downloads. Glimpses have already been seen with the games offered on PSN, WiiWare, and Xbox Live, so its not a huge stretch to think that in a few generations, they would offer consoles that offer download only games.

kevy619
kevy619

"XanderZane Posted Apr 8, 2010 1:08 pm PT Well, I don't think Hideo Kojima is a genius. Making a game with an hour and a half of boring movie is not genius. I understand what he's saying, but for this to work, all the big name console makers and software developers would need to sit down and plan out one piece of hardware that can play games anywhere using Wifi, phone lines, broadband and satellite connections. The hardware would be portable and could be the size of a laptop of a handheld device. You could tap in anywhere and play games, surf the web, make video phone calls, etc..Something like this isn't impossible, the probably would be 1) money & 2) getting companies like Sony, Nintendo, Microsoft and Apple to work together to create something like this. Right now, it's definitely not possible." why do those companies have to work together? Why would it cost so much money? Once we hit a technology plateau with our pcs and cell phones, and once internet connections are fast enough we wont need sony, nintendo or microsoft to make us a gaming machine.

kevy619
kevy619

well ya, its called death to consoles. When any laptop can play your games, why get a console? to further elaborate, there are free to play games on pc that are much better than 60 dollar console games. Digital distribution is also the future, you go to the store and they have recent releases only, online you can get that 12 year old game you still want to play. Consoles just cant compete or adapt properly because they are closed platform not to mention everyone already has a pc and a cellphone. current gen is the last hurrah for consoles, mark my words.

XanderZane
XanderZane

Well, I don't think Hideo Kojima is a genius. Making a game with an hour and a half of boring movie is not genius. I understand what he's saying, but for this to work, all the big name console makers and software developers would need to sit down and plan out one piece of hardware that can play games anywhere using Wifi, phone lines, broadband and satellite connections. The hardware would be portable and could be the size of a laptop of a handheld device. You could tap in anywhere and play games, surf the web, make video phone calls, etc..Something like this isn't impossible, the probably would be 1) money & 2) getting companies like Sony, Nintendo, Microsoft and Apple to work together to create something like this. Right now, it's definitely not possible.

zzamaro
zzamaro

@etai79 Ah, PSP GO? People still talikng about it? I know it was a failure in sales but I have to tell you something: First of all, I prefer discs over DLC but the UMD is a horrible format, it's bulky, it breaks easily, etc... Second, the psp go failed in sales because is was just too overpriced, do you remember when people said that the PS3 was a failure years ago? Now after the price cut, it's still selling like hot cakes, PSP GO costs 250 and that price is overpriced, this is one of the main things that can make the psp go either a success or a failure, the DL games need to be cheaper, too. Price on the console and on games is something very important. Finally, many people download millions and millions of DLC on PSN and XBL, games, add-ons, etc. everyday, so why DLC should be a failure? Handhelds should be only-DLC, but games at the right price, that's something game developers must know. (Sorry for my bad English)

Blargsman
Blargsman

The software requires the hardware... and with Kojima's theory that would mean really only one company would be able to have the market. All computers aren't even the same. His vision seems to demand an end-all, be-all gaming device that developers can work off of to give everyone the same experience. While that is relatively noble, I enjoy the diversity the consumer has with the game industry. Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo all bring their own innovative and entertaining elements to the table and allows for borrowing of ideas and refinement. I also feel that he's just being lazy in porting around his upcoming multi-platform projects.

RadicalToenail
RadicalToenail

It would be pretty nifty to have something similar to On-Live on a portable console. Streaming Crysis to a handheld, or playing Modern Warfare 2 online while on the go. On-Live at home is kind of stupid and limiting, but portable systems are already pretty limiting and could be opened up a bit more with a service like On-Live and 3G.

It would actually be a great option on the iPad if a gamepad could be used with it since it would be worth the time and effort. You'd have to pay a bit for the 3G service and On-Live which would be too much just for gaming, but if On-Live was incorporated into an already 3G product that can do more than just game...then I'd definitely pay for it.

iPad with just WiFi = cool, but not worth my money right now.

iPad + 3G = Okay, I'll consider it (already am thinking about it).

iPad + 3G + similar-to-OnLive service = I will definitely buy it when I can!

Just a PSP +3G with OnLive wouldn't be worth it. Sure, you can play better games, but if you've got that high-speed internet on the go then it would be nice to use it for something more than just gaming or simple web-browsing. And a laptop doesn't have the best battery life for high-end gaming.

delcidanddarth
delcidanddarth

He's probably advocating that because he's developing highly portable games now, and he'll cash in if his "future" holds true. Get back to making games. Don't pretend to be a fortune teller.

Just-Adam
Just-Adam

I doubt what Kojima has in mind is like OnLive .. Why ? .. Because OnLive is DUMB and Kojima is a genius :P

Ice_man_1985
Ice_man_1985

people will link this with 2012 doomsday :lol:

fkbwii
fkbwii

Hideo Kojima is a freakin' genius! He is my favorite developer and MGS is my favorite series!

atopp399
atopp399

Meh, I like things the way they are or were about 5 years ago. The Modern Warfare 2 DLC cost gives me an idea of what game developers would like as far as the future of gaming is concerned.

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

I understand why 3rd party developers, like Kojima, must be frustrated with consoles. There's a lot of politics and money grubbing that goes on in the background, and most of the time these guys get roped into exclusives when they just want to get their game out to the most people they can.

Yuck_Too
Yuck_Too

LOL...highly portable?! Has he not been paying attention to the way things are headed with Nintendo and the others? We cannot even port titles from electronic purchases between devices from the same platform much less across platforms.

etai79
etai79

This is like saying the bus service will prevent Ford from selling Mustangs. People will always want to be in control, the massive failure of the PSP Go is a good indicator of that.