There have been endless debates over whether or not consoles as we know them are dead, and if the new consoles coming from Microsoft and Sony will be the last. Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada certainly thinks that’s the way it’s going – saying that in the future, the Ps5 will be  service hosted in the cloud.

“I think in the future things will be played on the service, rather than on the hardware. The Cloud is often mentioned, and if cloud services progress, the time when only the name of the service will remain will come some day,” he told Famitsu (via DualShockers)

“The PS5 Probably Won’t Have a main console, but just the screen and controller. So what remains will be just the name of the service. It could be named just “PlayStation network”. Steam is defined a platform, but it’s not a hardware platform. It’s the name of the service.”

I think he’s right – at least, sufficiently far in to the future. I think we’ll probably get one more set of bona-fide consoles, before we have nothing but little boxes that act as gateways to services hosted in the magical cloud.

Last Updated: October 8, 2013

was reviewed on PC

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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