Capcom: new tech is a stop-gap to next-gen consoles

Move, Kinect, 3D all filling time before "clash of the titans" in two years time, says COO Reeves

New console technology in the form of Move, Kinect and home 3D are all just stop-gaps on the road to the next-generation of home consoles, which could arrive within two to three years, according to Capcom's David Reeves.

Sony has always championed a ten year plan for the PlayStation 3, and Microsoft said last week it sees another five years of life in the Xbox 360, but Reeves, who spent 14 years at Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, believes new hardware will arrive sooner although the publisher is happily jumping in and exploring possible new markets on the current-gen machines.

"Capcom is embracing it, we're working with Microsoft and with Sony on both sides and trying to match up the IPs we have with what the first-parties want," said Reeves of motion controllers Kinect and Move. "It's not a forced fit. In some ways it's quite a natural way of progressing."

"Capcom is definitely going to embrace it and just as the first-parties are doing, we see it as another blip before we come into the next cycle. 3D gaming is the same. Anything they can add to revive and pique interest in the games until we have another clash of the titans in two years time."

Although insisting his years of work at Sony haven't given him any inside information on new hardware, he pointed to "two to three years" before successors to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 arrive on store shelves.

"All the first-parties have got to be working on something," he added. "The tricky thing is when do you put a stake in the ground on technology? That's the problem. You can be waiting a few extra months to implement something, but you've got to set a date to go with a certain chip at a certain point otherwise you're going to miss the key milestones."

In the meantime, Microsoft in particular is right to chase the family gaming market with Kinect, said Reeves, as social experiences have been the most biggest growth area this generation, while hardcore games have remained lucrative for the right brands.

"If you look at the industry over the past five years and ask yourself where has the money been made, it's been made on Wii Fit, Brain Training, SingStar, even Guitar Hero. And then on the other side you've got the Activision and EA hardcore titles. They're in a box. Publishers don't want to give up their core values but they need to reach out to this wider market."

To achieve success on Move and Kinect, publishers need to create brand new games for the systems, rather than retrofit existing titles to take advantage of motion control, he added.

"It's the ones that are built from the bottom up purpose built for Kinect and Move that are going to be successful."

The full interview with David Reeves, where he discusses Capcom's slow adoption of the digital business, the evolution of 3D and more, can be read here.

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Private Industry 7 years ago
2 years sounds a bit to early for me at least for a new Sony console. 1st party developers just started to get a lot out of the system witch Uncharted 2 and GoW3 I think it still has a lot of potential.
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James Finlan Studying Information Systems, University of Manchester7 years ago
Christmas 2013 is when Microsoft will be ready to go, no idea about Sony as PS3 has only just started breaking even so they have alot of money claw back before they go with a new platform. I just hope that neither is short sighted with regards to RAM amounts this time around, it has hurt both systems this generation and neither will reach the full potential of thier CPU/GPU combination when cripped with either 512mb or 256mb/256mb configurations. The truth is you cannot do 1080p well with so little memory for the gpu and textures unless you make a really basic game that will fit into a small memory footprint.
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Josef Brett Animator 7 years ago
Kinect has a UK launch price?!

I just got an email from - looks like Kinects RRP is 129.99.

Interestingly, in the break down of "What you get" it says 'Kinect Game' as well as power cable etc. it doesn't specify a particular game though...
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.7 years ago
Joseph, keep in mind that most retailers start with a speculated placeholder price.

For now, take any price you come across from a retailer as merely speculative.
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Richard Leadbetter Director, Digital Foundry7 years ago
"Although insisting his years of work at Sony haven't given him any inside information on new hardware..."

Comedy gold!
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Josef Brett Animator 7 years ago
Jimmy - they seemed pretty certain (though I know shopto has an iffy past). They were taking pre-orders and even dicounding the unit by a few pounds.

Probably is just a placeholder, but you never know! Microsofts partners have accidently released this kind of info before
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.7 years ago
There several places taking pre-orders. Happens with all new hardware. Even Microsoft's own website had Kinect up for order last week.
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Josef Brett Animator 7 years ago
I'm just saying, the special edition Forza and MW2 Xbox's were listed on Amazon in Germany and the new form Xbox was listed on another website before E3.

It's probably rubbish, but I wouldn't be suprised if it turns out to be the right amount.

If it is, how many of you will buy one on launch?

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Josef Brett on 30th June 2010 10:46am

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Antony Cain Lecturer in Computer Games Design, Sunderland College7 years ago
Some people round here might buy it - but your average family doing some window shopping for living room entertainment is going to move on as soon as they see that price tag. If they don't already have the Xbox you're talking around 400+ (?) to get up a running with a game or 2. Just not going to happen
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Josef Brett Animator 7 years ago
I agree with that Antony.
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