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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  • An issue I see with this is that new standards tend to start with a high entry level price. Look at HD-DVD and Bluray. The initial customers are people w/ a lot of money to spare b/c they can throw $800 at a player. They will have some content to watch because movie companies can spend a small amount of money to release their movies on that format and still get the bulk of their income from regular DVD's and hte movie actually being in the theater.

    If a new "standardized" console comes out with a high entry level price (similar to the standardized media formats) then its not worth the investment for gaming companies because there will be very few initial adopters and they don't have any other formats to release their game on.

    I guess there would need to be a big first party push to get people to adopt the new console.