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Ken Levine: "No desire" for new consoles

Bioshock creator lauds connectivity of current platforms

Ken Levine has told the Irrational Games podcast that he doesn't think it's time for a new generation of consoles yet, either from a professional or consumer perspective.

He was also full of praise for the connectivity of current platforms such as Steam.

"At this point I have no desire as a developer and zero desire as a gamer to see the next generation come out where I'm sitting right now," said Levine on the podcast.

"Connectivity exists today on the platforms, and that's definitely the thing I like in a platform like Steam or something. I don't have to worry about that **** - wherever I am, my games are with me, and if I don't have my game with me, I can have it in a few minutes."

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James Prendergast Process Specialist 10 years ago
I agree completely and i was saying such things at least two years ago.

The leap to the current generation was so large and expensive (both on the hardware and also the software side of things that it hurt everyone in the industry. The games market simply wasn't (and to some degree isn't) large and ubiquitous enough to support such high development costs for triple-A and (if it exists) double-A standard games. Nintendo and Apple have expanded the market but the average or mean price points for titles that cater to that segment is much lower than the traditional games segment which i'd argue hasn't grown much (if at all) from the PS2 install base which was/is around 150 million (obviously containing multiple re-sales to the same consumer etc) and for 360 and PS3 is around 100 million combined (also containing numerous resales due to hardware failure).
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Terence Gage Freelance writer 10 years ago
I also agree, from both a consumer perspective as well as seeing how it would affect the industry.

I think an issue that consumers don't consider is the sheer development costs; how much investment it would entail for the big three to produce new hardware over again, as well as developers to learn to work on these new platforms over again. I think when the next generation comes around some smaller developers and publishers will stop trying to make 'triple-A' games or switch exclusively to digital distribution.

From a personal perspective, I think the connectivity and performance of current-gen consoles is excellent and I'm so busy catching up with various releases from the last two or three years that I have no real interest in a new line-up of hardware any time soon. I would hope that the likes of Kinect and Move also encourage MS and Sony that there's plenty of life in their respective platforms, and if the likes of Killzone 3, Uncharted 3 and Gears 3 are any indication then perhaps there's still technical grunt in reserve waiting to be fully exploited. I think we gamers have never had it so good, and the last thing I now want to see is everyone's focus shift to a new trio of platforms.
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Alfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft Germany10 years ago
Good point. I also think that there is not a real neew of new hardware at the moment. I remember someone saying that the next update in this generation would not be a new console, but a "update" as I sayd before, and there you ahve it: Move and Kinect.

Also agree about Steam, although it's spirit is kinda destroyed in cases like Germany (where I live) and where a lot of time I refuse to buy a game due to heavy censorship and/or absolute ban. I'm even a bit scared of buying games when I go to Spain (my homeland) afraid of not being able to re-download and install them in the future.
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Private Industry 10 years ago
Right now there shouldn`t be any need for a new console Sony or Microsoft console. Currently there wouldn`t be that much of a leap forward that could be achieved. PS1 to PS2 was a huge leap, PS2/Xbox to PS3/360 was huge leap, but those two still hold up to the PC nicely (Crysis engine on max settings with an extreme high power rig aside :D ). Obviously the Wii is a different story.
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ArchMarduk EmperorDemon Employed 10 years ago
if developers are scared of new technology or new platforms appearing they should really give up on trying to make it on the market with their products, which although they say the are triple-A mostly are sub-par. If u fail to see the need for inovation u fail to see progress which means u should stop trying to advance and is a very dangerous road to take.
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Private Industry 10 years ago
It`s less about being scared of new technology, but now they finally start to bring their engines really up to speed and get close to the limits. That takes a lot of time and money, so if a new Xbox or PlayStation would get released now they need to either make a new engine or make drastic changes to the current one and spend again a lot of money and time on that just when they finally got the current engine close to the max. It makes sense that you prefer than that the next generation comes out in 2-3 years so you can make one more big game with your maxed out engine before moving on. That`s not that much of a problem for PC where the hardware improve gradually, but with consoles you don`t have that it`s a big leap between generations. In that case on PC a new graphic card comes out or a new DirectX and you start at 90%, a new console comes out and you start from scratch.
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Gregory Hommel writer 10 years ago
I would say that in the next five years, Microsoft and Nintendo are going to have to put a new console on the market. I see continued improvements in the way developers program for the PS3 for the forseeable future. We have still not seen third parties make a triple A title that harnesses the PS3's unique capabilities. I find it ironic and insulting that consumers or industry insiders would be suggesting that it is time to start talking about new hardware. I'm sure that a high percentage of PS3 owners are quite happy with the growing quality and technology they find in the software that is flooding in at this point. I'm sure that we will see at least one or two big budget third party exclusives grace the PS3 over the next few years. Keep an eye on Rockstar's Agent to let us know if there is a viable market for third parties to explore the PS3 more deeply. I refuse to believe that every one of the most talented developers is a Sony owned studio.
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