PlayStation chairman praises Xbox and Nintendo Switch, predicts post-console gaming world

Project xCloud
Project xCloud (Image credit: Microsoft)

Numerous publishers and companies are working on refined game streaming, and projects like Microsoft's xCloud and Google's Stream are close to making that a reality. Where do consoles fit into this? What will the future look like? PlayStation Chairman Shawn Layden recently sat down with Game Informer to discuss exactly that.

Layden said that he sees a "post-console" world where all gamers are connected. Think of it as an extension of game streaming, cross-play, and cross-progression. He said the following.

I don't want to put too fine a point on this because it might upset some of the people I work with, but I think effectively, we're looking at kind of a post-console world where you can have quality gaming experiences across a variety of technologies. Sure, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro provide what, of course, we think is the best gaming experience, but the other consoles out there, be it Nintendo Switch, Xbox One X, or tablets, or phones — there are great experiences across all these. What we need to do is recognize all that. We're not little gaming ghettos that are not federated or aligned at all. We're all part of the same gaming community, we just come at it through different doorways. I think the future will be an extension of that metaphor. Your platform is not your hideaway. It's just your doorway to all these other gamer folk.

Layden's comments are interesting and it'll be fascinating to see who comes out on top. Will it be Microsoft? Google? EA? Only time will tell. However, given the push for streaming, it's clear that that is the future of the industry.

What do you think? Let us know.

Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.

  • It's obvious that's where gaming is going, in fact I feel like "consoles" probably won't exist past the next generation, it'll just be an app on your TV that acts as the gateway to a developers titles.
  • More importantly: subscription service, more micro-transactions and no secondary market.
  • Refreshing to hear, especially coming from the Sony camp.
  • Streaming is going to open up huge revenue opportunity and grow the gaming industry exponentially. There will still be a need for consoles in order to play locally.
  • Not necessarily, all it will take is an app on a TV.
  • I love how he says other people he works with might not like him saying this. Sony need to realize what he is saying is true. It's happening now. Look at how hard Google are hitting this. MS has known this for years. Which is why Phil Spencer has spent the last 5 years building Xcloud and bolstering First Party.
  • Sony bought Gaikai in 2012, released PS Now in 2014 and continue to expand data centres around the world to support it. In another words they knew where the gaming industry was heading ages ago. Sony PlayStation right now is doing better than ever, they are simply sitting quietly waiting for competition's next move before making their own.
  • I'm not sure you understand what Gaikai and PSnow is. And how it's different to what Google and MS are doing. PS Now is a way to play old games and some select new games. Firstly Xcloud and Google is the entire library of games. You can buy a brand new game from the Xbox store and play it straight on Xcloud. Any device. It's you taking your entire Xbox Console anywhere you want. 2nd. Sonys Gaikai doesn't have worldwide servers. As a comparison it is about 10% of the worldwide size compared to Amazon, Google and MS Azure server farms. There is a very big reason Sony execs are downplaying GAME streaming. Because they don't have the infrastructure to compete globally with the other 3. They could approach Amazon, Google or even MS and rent servers off them. But that is going to cost Sony. Something the other 3 can do essentially free as they own the servers. PS Now isnt the same thing as what Xbox and Google are bringing to the table.
  • As usual, Sony trying to hold the tech world back with outdated propritory garbage.
    When will they ever learn.