The current generation of consoles is doing quite well in terms of sales. The PS4 is leading the pack, having now sold over 20 million units and the PlayStation sector of Sony’s business is the company’s most profitable wing at the moment. With exclusive games such as Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, the Ratchet and Clank reboot, and Until Dawn also on the way, the console’s reign could continue.
The Xbox One, which is trailing behind the PS4, has recently had a massive price cut across the UK and the United States (where Microsoft extended its holiday promotion ‘indefinitely’) and upcoming titles like Halo 5: Guardians and Forza Motorsport 6 could help it catch up to the Sony machine. And even the Wii U, which recently missed its sales targets in Nintendo’s latest financial call, is on the up with the recent, inky success of Splatoon leading that charge.
So with those consoles doing well and with PC and mobiles also being a popular console alternative, is there room for yet another current-gen console? While many would argue that the recent failure of Android-powered microconsole Ouya proves that most gamers would rather stick to the console families they know, Paul Sams, the new CEO at The Order: 1886 developer Ready At Dawn has mentioned an ‘unannounced platform’ several times in recent interviews.
Speaking to GamesIndustry in an interview alongside Ready At Dawn’s departing CEO Ru Weerasuriya, Sams, who previously worked at Blizzard, said that “we have been very hard at work to advance our engine and technology to a place where we can deliver our games on PC, Xbox One, PS4 and one other unannounced platform that you will soon find out about.” Then, in another interview with Game Informer, Sams mentioned this mysterious device again, saying that “what we did on the PS4 for The Order: 1886, we can also do today on Xbox One, PC, and on an additional unannounced platform.”
This platform is unlikely to be some sort of new device from either Microsoft or Sony. First and foremost, Microsoft has its hands full trying to win over PC gamers after they felt abandoned by the lack of PC games at the company’s E3 2014 press conference and it also has the HoloLens headset.
Sony, on the other hand, has been pushing several devices including its core PlayStation consoles, PS TV, and Project Morpheus and its failing smartphone sector, which it will have to revive or sell off. Plus, in those interviews Sams spoke of how Ready At Dawn would have liked to have owned The Order: 1886 IP (which Sony now owns) so it seems as though the developer would like to get out from under Sony’s thumb in that respect.
Some have also suggested that this new unannounced platform may be from Apple or Nintendo. While Nintendo has said that they won’t talk about their ‘NX’ console until 2016, they are working on some sort of gaming platform with mobile publisher DeNA that will work across PC, mobile and home consoles and as Ready At Dawn has worked with Nintendo before on the Wii version of Okami, it’s possible that the companies may be teaming up again.
Apple, meanwhile, has made significant improvements for gamers recently (such as the Metal API technology in the latest iPhones) and investors have also asked the company to diversify its revenue streams. Getting into the games console business would certainly be a diversification so an Apple branded games console could well be on the way.
What do you think this unannounced platform is? Do you think there’s room for a new console alongside the PS4, Xbox One and Wii U? Leave a comment and let us know.
Source: Games Industry