Shawn Layden, head of Sony Interactive Entertainment's Worldwide Studios, has made an ambitious forecast for the direction in which he believes the video game industry may be heading in the right direction. Speaking to Game Informer, Layden said he sees a kind of "post-console" world where PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo are more united than ever. While Layden claims that PlayStation is the "best gaming experience," he said Xbox One and Nintendo Switch also have "great experiences," and PlayStation should do more to see that.
"I do not want to say too good A point because this might upset some of the people I work with, but I think we're looking at a kind of post-console world where you can enjoy high-quality gaming experiences Variety of technologies, "he said. "Sure, PS4 and PS4 Pro offer what we think is the best gaming experience, but the other consoles, be it Switch, Xbox One X or tablets or phones ̵
He added," We are not small game setoes that are neither involved nor grouped, we are all part of the same gaming community, we just come to, I think the future will be an extension of that metaphor Platform is not your hiding place, it's just your door to all the other gamer people. "
That's a fascinating and surprising quote to be heard from a PlayStation, given that what Layden suggests is only the opposite of Sony's approach in recent years. In controversy, the company initially said that cross-play between PS4 and other consoles was not allowed because PlayStation was the best place to play. The company has since given way, and games like Fortnite and Rocket League support cross-play between PS4 and competing consoles.
It's not just Layden who speaks of his desire for the walls to fall between the consoles. The CEO of EA has predicted a future for games where you can play on any device. The CEO of Red Dead Redemption, parent company Take-Two, also talked about closing the closed system walls and why this might be good. Bethesda manager Pete Hines said he wants to see the closed system walls between Xbox, PlayStation and Nintendo so more people can play together.
"I think you'll see homogenized platforms," said Hines. "Because, frankly, there's really no reason for [competing consoles] to be different, you do not buy a DVD and then worry about the DVD player you have, you only buy a DVD and everything that plays DVDs works. And I think games will get closer and closer. "
Also in the interview, Layden talked about how the transition between console generations can be problematic and difficult.
"One of the horrors of our game industry is that every time we introduce a new console technology, we put the last generation to bed," he said. "That does not happen in movies, it's not the case in music, but it's always happening in games."
PlayStation Now, Sony's game streaming service, allows PS4 users to play PS3 games, but that's not the case of the backward compatibility that Xbox One offers. On PS4, you have to pay to play games through PlayStation Now, while the backward compatibility feature of Xbox One recognizes the games you've owned on Xbox 360 and lets you play them on Xbox One.
Layden also talked about why Sony does not participate in E3 this year. Layden said Sony does not have much to tell.
"I'll be honest this year until 2019 – we just did not have a new story And when Sony rings that everyone arrives, they're expecting something completely new and amazing, we looked at the lineup and we probably only can So, how does it work for us? "
He added that Sony is currently releasing fewer games than ever before in its history. "We're playing fewer games at any one time than ever in our history, and when we played 15-20 games at the same time there was always a new game, something was in a window we had I could talk about this conversation In 2019, this confluence simply did not happen to us. "
Game Informer's full interview with Layden is intriguing and in-depth – you can read it here.
We can soon be more of Layden on the subject of "Post-Console". Layden will be keynote speaker at the DICE summit in Las Vegas this week. His speech is titled "Beyond the Generations" so you can assume that he will give some predictions about the future of the game.