Kinect and Move are ‘experiments’ that will be used in the next console generation, 2K boss Christoph Hartmann reckons.
He disagrees that Microsoft and Sony are avoiding making another console. Instead, he says Kinect and Move are merely ways for the platform holders to ‘test the water’ before launching new machines that come with these accessories as standard.
I don’t think they are avoiding doing another machine but testing the water,” Hartmann told MCV.
Rather than coming out and saying ‘this is our console now,’ I think they are playing around and seeing what they can do. These guys know how to manufacture the chips or push the memory, the kind of thing you usually get with each new console generation. But now everyone is looking for innovation and at online components, so they are experimenting.
It’s not been a case of just jumping on the Wii wagon – it’s been a case of learning about what Wii did and trying to take it somewhere.
When Microsoft made the Xbox, I assume there were always plans for Xbox 360. It was just the first Xbox was the machine to get it there. Microsoft was new to the party, so they used Xbox 1 to test the water. It’s the same principle.”