2K Games boss Christoph Hartmann believes that Microsoft and Sony have their minds planted firmly in the next generation, with devices like Kinect and PlayStation Move acting as experiments for future technology.
“I don’t think they are avoiding doing another machine but testing the water,” he said. “Rather than coming out and saying ‘this is our console now,’ I think they are playing around and seeing what they can do. These guys know how to manufacture the chips or push the memory, the kind of thing you usually get with each new console generation. But now everyone is looking for innovation and at online components, so they are experimenting.
“It’s not been a case of just jumping on the Wii wagon — it’s been a case of learning about what Wii did and trying to take it somewhere.”
If PlayStation Move and Kinect are visions of the future, it’ll be a pretty cheap next generation for me. That’s two consoles I won’t have to buy!