Industry leaders and players are generally looking forward to the next generation of consoles. However, PlatinumGames studio head Atsushi Inaba apparently is not.
In an interview with VGC, Inaba shared his views about the upcoming next generation of consoles. Inaba believes that neither the PlayStation 5 or the Xbox Scarlett will bring any major changes to the industry. Inaba added that modern consoles are no longer using their own proprietary chips. Consoles now end up being more of the same as a result thanks to the usage of components that already exist rather than designing unique hardware.
Therefore, Inaba said he has had a hard time getting excited for whatever the PlayStation 5 and the next Xbox will bring to the table.
Inaba was also asked about Sony and Microsoft’s plans for next gen.
“I’m sure that things will move faster, graphics will be better, and maybe it will be easier with less wait times, but it is more of the same, quite frankly, compared to previous generations. It’s nothing that’s disruptive or super innovative, if you ask me.”
However Inaba did lend his excitement to the Google Stadia. He expressed that whilst it still uses existing technology, Google has repurposed Stadia’s technology to a certain degree.
“…Cloud platforms represent innovation and something very, very different – they’re platforms that excite me and where I feel there is a lot more innovation happening.”
Xbox’s Scarlett is set for a 2020 release, whereas the PlayStation 5 release date is still unconfirmed (although it’s also expected to be in 2020). This means that, in this time, platform holders could reveal new hardware designs and initiatives designed to set next-gen console systems apart, even if that outcome is unlikely.