Current consoles life-cycle is “biggest mistake ever” – Square Enix

The absence of any new console announcements at this year’s E3 was met with a mixed reception by gamers. Some are still more than satisfied with the current generation of systems and want to hold off on updated hardware as long as possible; while others are clamouring for more powerful and innovate technology all the time.

But how do developers and publishers feel? Well in an interview with GamesIndustry, Julien Merceron of Square Enix has given his controversial viewpoint on the matter – saying both Sony and Microsoft have made their “biggest mistake ever”.

Here’s his reasoning behind the statement:

“We have Sony and Microsoft talking about this generation lasting 7,8,9 or even 10 years and it’s the biggest mistake they’ve ever made.

This generation has been way too long, and I say this because you have a lot of developers that work on a new platform, and perhaps will not succeed, so they will wait for the next generation, and will jump on that platform. You could not do that with this generation though. So these developers went elsewhere to see if the grass was greener.

They found web browsers, they found iOS, they found other things and a lot of them won’t come back to the hardware platforms. So you could look at it that thanks to Microsoft and Sony and the length of this generation, it helped the emergence of other platforms and helped them get strong before the next hardware comes out.”

It’s certainly a topic that polarises opinion, so be sure to leave your thoughts on it in the comments below.

Written by Raj Mahil

Game collector. Journalism graduate. Batman addict. Movie goer. WWE nut. Sports obsessive. Arsenal fan. Sub-Editor.

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