Sony, Microsoft to Collaborate in 10-15 Years? David Reeves Predicts One-console Future

Written By Sam on 20 November 2010
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This astounding hint came from the former Sony president, who is now COO, Capcom COO, David Reeves. Reeves sees one console future in 10-15 years. In an interview with CVG he is reported to have stated that due to rising development costs a collaboration between Sony and Microsoft is not only indicated but absolutely necessary:

“When you’re on the first-party side, you realize how really, really expensive it is to develop a platform. Whether it’s PS3, or Xbox 360 or even Wii, they cost millions – maybe not billions, but absolutely millions… Eventually, it may just become so expensive to develop that Microsoft and Sony say, ‘Okay, let’s get together.’ I’d say it’s between 10 and 15 years away. That’s how long I think it will take.”

When one considers that the makers of Xbox360 and PS3 are bitter rivals in the gaming market how would one visualize the two working together? Maybe not right now but in say about 10 to 15 years this could become a marriage of necessity born out of exponentially rising development costs, which will make it virtually impossible for any single one to come up with something radically impressive in terms of a new platform. The costs of such development run into millions and in 10 years the costs could well run into billions; and a shared venture would then, perhaps, be the only future possible way out.

Over the years, one has seen the gaming market becoming saturated with various versions and offshoots of the same basic techniques. This is likely to lead to player boredom sooner or later and technologies are needed to keep their interests alive. This is not the first time a bigwig from the gaming industry has made such predictions. We may recall former Xbox executive Sandy Duncan and EA’s Gerhard Florin also made similar predictions of such marriages as an eventuality not just a probability.

It is not just Sony and Microsoft, the major players currently are expected to team up together to come up with something viably interesting and new in the next 10 to 15 years. Is this idle speculation or a future prophecy that is likely to come true with almost all game labels bearing the names of major players as developers? Time will tell.

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