International launch dates for "Metal Gear Solider: Peace Walker" may own series creator Hideo Kojima's calendar for the next few months, but video game industry icon predicted much bigger events events ahead, like the death of the console as a platform.
"In the near future, we'll have games that don't depend on any platform," Kojima said at a press conference in Tokyo, according to Reuters. "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."
Kojima's prediction sounds a lot like the future foretold by Microsoft at their recent Dubai presentation. It's going to take a lot more portable processing power before the level of gaming available on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 is transferable to a mobile device, but with ever-shrinking chips and evolving technology, Kojima's vision could one day become a reality.
There is something to be said for the ergonomics and responsiveness of a console controller, though. I can't envision a mobile platform that really embraces the lifestyle and practices of hardcore gamers in a setting that lets them really plug in to "Modern Warfare 2" multiplayer gameplay or "Dragon Age: Origins." Kojima's the one who's sold 27 million games, though, not me, so take his words under advisement.
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