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GameLoft CEO says: Apple gaming console 'makes sense'
- — 17 June, 2009 08:29
In an interview conducted by Kotaku with GameLoft CEO Michel Guillemot, Guillemot stated that an Apple console would make sense, but how to enter it within such a saturated market remains the big question.
"It would certainly make a lot sense," he said. "The question is where would you position a game device? You have very, very successful console makers who are extremely effective at what they do. I don't think anyone would displace the three anytime soon." -Michell Guillemot
Of course, this is just speculation as to whether or not Apple is truly considering a leap into the console market. But, all the same, the iPhone has proved itself as a worthy opponent to the DS and PSP.
But, as Guillemot notes, as gaming becomes something as common as the internet, the "big three" may become something of the past.
"I would say gaming will be ubiquitous in two or three years time," he said. "We will have many, many platforms enabling gaming, just like we now have many, many platforms enabling Internet.
"Today you watch videos on everything. You don't care much what it's being watched on. When you are mobile you use mobile. At home you can watch on your PS3 or TV, you can watch on your PC or Mac. Now video is everywhere. I would say gaming will be everyone with a good level of quality in two years time."
Seems logical enough. With GameLoft's current catalog of games being over 250 mobile games, 30 iPhone games, seven WiiWare games, three DSiWare games, games on the PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade, Wii, DS and PS3, it's easy to see why he believes the future will be more about games invading every kind of platform rather than the platform themselves.
"That's why we have games playing on every device that is Internet connected, all mobile, all smartphones, all consoles, all portables," Guillemot said. "We let the consumers decide how they want to play our games."
So, at this point, who knows? Only Apple it seems. But as Guillemot's brother, and CEO of Ubisoft, Yves Guillemot noted back in May:
"There's also a new entrant in the business. Apple, with the iPhone. And we don't think they will stop there."
Only time will tell.
Check out the original article here at Kotaku.