David Jaffe Wants a Single Console Future

By Aaron Linde, Jan 11, 2008 9:16am PST Outspoken God of War and Twisted Metal creator David Jaffe (pictured left) is the latest industry figure to show support of a single console model for the gaming industry.

"We have [an industry standard] with DVD, we had it with VHS," argues Jaffe. "Sure, you miss out on a cool feature here, a neat feature there. But weÂ’ve gotten used to this in so many other hardware products and—in doing so—reaped the many more benefits of a single system."

In a direct response to a counterpoint issued by Game|Life, Jaffe concedes his belief that "80% of the game innovation I care about comes via design, not tech."

Jaffe's suggestion that the industry move towards a single console hardware scheme settles him among other proponents of the model, including Denis Dyack and John Romero. Advocates of the model argue that a movement towards a single console would ease development and resolve fragmentation of the current console market.

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  • While I do not see this happening anytime soon. I do, however, see the possibility of it happening eventually. Maybe in 15 or 20, or even 30 years from now, technology may stabilize enough that a software and basic hardware standard for each console generation arises. I do not think a 'one console' would exist. I still think there would be more then one, because the market is so diversified in it's wants and needs, that from a marketing point of view, it would be easier to do in multiple products.

    Think of a future, where you still have your Nintendo, Microsoft, Sony, or because it's the future, someone new. But as a developer I could now make a game that works on ALL of them without the need to do separate multi-platform development. Each console could offer different features, outside of the standard, and if a developer wanted to, they could take advantage of those features at the cost of their product not working on the other consoles. Basically becoming an exclusive.

    So in a way, things wouldn't change to much, but at the same time for the developer, the publisher and the consumer, it would and everyone would be better off. I wouldn't miss out on a lot of the good multi-platform titles that exist today (i.e. the ones that are PC/360 only, or 360/PS3 only, leaving Wii users with either crap or nothing), because even if I bought the new Nintendo console, I know it will still play all these other titles, besides the ones Nintendo takes advantage of their system with.

    I just think it is extremely foolish of people to scream, 'NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN!' when it comes to some kind of standard. It may not come to pass, especially as Jaffe wants it to, but it is still quite the possible future for us as an industry. Especially when you look at the current trends in engine development to ease cross platform development. While one console in the future is highly unlikely, a software standard and a base hardware standard is likely to come to fruition.