Consoles to go 'the way of the dodo,' says Spielberg
- Posted May 20th, 2009 at 10:54 EDT by Michael Harradence
Movie legend Steven Spielberg has predicted that gaming consoles are on their way out, believing 3D gaming and virtual reality will step forward and become the "new platform for our gaming future."
Speaking during an interview with The Guardian, Spielberg said that traditional gaming platforms, just like that of old "videogame parlours,” will inevitably go “the way of the dodo bird.”
"Now we're all playing at home and someday we'll be playing directly on our TV sets, bypassing all of the platforms," he commented.
Fresh from his work on the second Bloom Blox game with Electronic Arts, Spielberg also outlined his expectations for the future, stating, "In the short term I would love to start seeing 3D games developed where with a good pair of glasses we get a real three-dimensional experience in front of an appropriate monitor that is designed just for 3D.”
"And after that, will certainly be virtual reality, which just like 3D came and went in the 1950s, and now it's here to stay in movies."
"I really think virtual reality, which experimentally came and went in the eighties, is going to be redeveloped, just like 3D is being redeveloped today, and that's going to be the new platform for our gaming future,” the director added.
Spielberg also divulged that he’s a PC gamer at heart, though also has a crack at PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 from time to time: "I get more into the microphysics of gaming, especially on the PC. I'm closer to the screen, I look for detail, I notice things more easily. The Wii platform which I adore is more of a macro experience, you know.”