Look, I know this is crazy talk, but I have to say it out loud. Sony just gave everyone a look at the future of its flagship gaming system, the PlayStation 4, without actually showing anyone what it looks like. We saw the new controller, a few new games and a lot of talk about cloud, but no box. That’s either because Sony’s still working on what it looks like…or…it doesn’t exist.
Sony opened the press conference with a lengthy discussion from cloud storage product-types about how amazing the new PS4 would be at managing your digital life. We saw talks on how it would recommend new games to you automatically, let you play with friends and take over their controllers if needs be, share instantly from the controller and have an instant-on service that let you resume games within seconds. That sounds quite a lot like a cloud-only platform to me.
Of course all of this is nonsense, because they told us what specs the console would have. But what if that was a smokescreen for the real truth? Jokes, of course. But it’s an interesting thought: will the PlayStation 5 ship without the need for people to buy an expensive console? Or will we just be slaves to big pieces of hardware in our living rooms forever?
If there really was no console either now or in future, THAT would be an M. Night Shymalan-style twist for the gaming history books. I can’t wait either way.
Can you foresee a world without physical consoles?