there has been an article or two going around about some guy saying that he predicts in time to come, we'll have a one console generation. where every game is released for one specific console (excluding PC) and nothing else.
honestly, i dont think that will ever happen.
its just impossible for many different companies to agree to unite and release just a single console.
reasons for this are:
- conflict will arise as to who is the sole distributor and profit maker of that one console
- the pride / ego of the different companies involved
- the difficulties in communication
- conflicts due to wide array of ideas of each individual company
- the high costs involved in producing a single console powerful enough to meet the needs of a mass market
as for what good and bad may arise from such an agreement, well, its hard to say
it will be pretty good for consumers no doubt but in the long run it may backfire big time.
i've always wished when i was younger that there would be a one console to play all the games in the market
but as time went on, i realised that when there's one console and one console only, competition goes out the window
and with that, quality in games also goes out the window with it.
and considering that now with intense competition, i already feel that this current gen of games arent really living up to what gaming should be - hard, rewarding, fun, immersive - then what then when there's absolutely no competition left ?
who's really going to put in the effort to create a great game for all ? right now companies like Sony MS and Nintendo do what they can within their means to produce whatever great games possible so as to attract people to purchase not only their game but the console itself, eg. God of War, Halo, Mario.
but when there's nothing left to fight for, no effort will be put in either. the only people who have something to profit from a widescale effort are the multiplatform developers like EA, Ubisoft. but even now, their games arent exactly top notch, some of them are downright awful. in time to come, i believe that might just remain the same. i mean, who needs more madden when there's little or close to no change ? i can understand the difference in Madden 08 due to the weapons system, but from 06 to 07 ? there was nearly nothing. same for splinter cell, its just sequel after sequel.
to me, sequels really start to bring down the gaming industry. its ok once in awhile to have a generally good sequel. like the God of War series, or Kingdom Hearts, or even Fable. a sequel or 2 is fine. but it should stop at a trilogy in my opinion. after that, it gets hard to be unique and appealing to customers still. in other words, its just another easy way to make money. use the same formula, but give it a new coat of paint.
in short, i really hope that it doesnt come down to a one console generation. i'm not saying it wont work, but i feel that for it to work, alot has to be compensated and possibly lost. but hey, i may be wrong. but thats just my view. anyway even if it does reach that state, i possibly wont be playing games anymore. i'll be too old then. so it'll be up to my kids (if i ever have any), to decide if it really is the best possible direction for the gaming industry.