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Gaikai: MS or Sony to bow out of console market at E3

Ben Parfitt
Gaikai: MS or Sony to bow out of console market at E3

Either Microsoft or Sony will shock the E3 crowds this summer by announcing that they will not release a next-generation console.

That’s the claim of cloud computing firm Gaikai.

The company’s chief product officer Nanea Reeves told Industry Gamers that: "Not all of the current console makers will have one more generation. That will be the big news at E3."

With Nintendo’s Wii U on track for a launch this year, that leaves Sony and Microsoft as the contenders.

MCV understands that Microsoft’s next-gen hardware plans are already well underway, meaning that if Gaikai’s claims are true they must reference Sony.

And perhaps that isn’t such a stretch.

MCV sticks by its January 6th story that both Microsoft and Sony will use this year’s E3 as the platform from which to reveal their next-gen offer.

But perhaps Kaz Hirai’s denial from earlier this week is actually true. Perhaps there will be no console. Perhaps the next-gen will, quite literally, be the next-gen.

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Not going to happen, atleast not just yet.
Both companys have huge cash reserves behind them for a start.
MS almost tripled its sales from the previous generation and made money (lesson learnt there)
Sony might be have sales about 2.4 times less than the PS2 but they are very close to MS in sales.
Neither company will want to give up on a market share like that.
That being said before the Wii it wasn't unrealistic that Nintendo could have bowed out with lackluster sales of the GameCube.

The other side of this coin is will these companys have another generation of full fledged hardware or invest in cloud side hardware instead of client side.
Great idea in theory but downtime and patchy internet quality around the world makes it difficult currently to pull off.
If gamers get angry at PSN/XBL being down for a hour or so, imagine what it would be like if they couldn't play even single player games.

Phil Evans

Phil Evans ELITE GAMER
Jan 12th 2012 at 9:37AM

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I think they'd be very foolish if they did, as the state of fast broadband availability around the world would severely limit their audience. I for one would be cut out of the next gen.

Ben Mullinger

Ben Mullinger INDUSTRY
Jan 12th 2012 at 5:51PM

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And Sony said that releasing their new console after the other companies is not desired, hinting that their next gen efforts are under way.

Diego Santos Leao

Diego Santos Leao
Jan 13th 2012 at 7:42AM

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And Sony said that releasing their new console after the other companies is not desired, hinting that their next gen efforts are under way.

Of course, impling that their new console would be one of the first of his generation, is not the same as saying that they wouldn't skip a generation altogether.

Diego Santos Leao

Diego Santos Leao
Jan 13th 2012 at 7:54AM

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