Gaming platform evolution…

Since I will be speaking about games, gamification, applied games and my book the upcoming two days in Istanbul I might as well share this slide about the evolution of game platforms, also because the most recent addition to platforms can be pre-ordered per direct. The Game Stick that works with a controller and a USB stick is a sheer novelty!

Although they (Ouya, Gamestick, Onlive) still have to prove their success I am really curious if they will change the way we will play our games in the living room. Yesterday I tweeted that Apple will introduce the ‘next gen’ game console in a form called ‘Apple TV’ probably this year. Providing gameplay through their iPhone, iPod Touch and iPads as controllers. How great it may sound, personally I still prefer controllers that have buttons. And what will Sony introduce along with their PlayStation 4…? Indeed – touch screen – in between their two sticks. Another mistake in my opinion. They could better have made their buttons even MORE analogue. So I can use the buttons as a ‘gas pedal’, or for sneaking (pressed slightly), walking (pressed normal) or running (pressed all the way). I advice the traditional companies to stick to their competences and optimize their systems in line with their own vision to keep hold of their fan-base instead of trying to become a ‘all in one- product… Stick to the Core I say! And let the young innovative companies try to shake up the world with novelties like the Game Stick….

1 reply to “Gaming platform evolution…”

  1. Dylan de Heer says:

    I’m hella curious about these new additions too. However do note that the PS4 controller will not have a “Touch screen” but a “Touch pad”. This may seem just a little thing, but the difference is rather big. As a touch pad does not require you to look at your controller, it has no screen that shows anything and it is far more accurate. I believe that they will add custom button configuration to the touch pad which allows for more customization. Besides I don’t think it will change a lot to how you play. Sony never really liked changing game styles altogether, apart from the “move” controller.

    All and all, great post.

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