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Sony’s Yoshida doesn’t believe consoles will disappear next generation

Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida used EGX to respond to an industry analyst’s prediction that consoles will go the way of the dodo after this generation.

Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter believes that the next-generation of gaming won’t feature consoles at all. Yoshida isn’t convinced.

Yoshida began light-heartedly. “Michael is fun to listen to, right?”

“We look at all of these analyst reports, and every year, from the same company, the forecast changes hugely, because of the things that happen in the year before. They change their prediction dramatically,” he continued.

“I don’t, you know, mind hearing something like that, because it’s so interesting… Consoles were announced dead for the longest time. Even at the time when PlayStation One was being worked on, some analyst said that PC games would dominate in the future and there would be no place for home consoles.

“Every time these things are proven wrong, and as long as we have passionate people wanting to continue to play on game consoles, we wll try hard to continue, and even make it bigger for the future.”

Despite thinking consoles are here to say, Yoshida also recently said that Sony won’t be making a new handheld console to replace the Vita.



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