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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  • If i could buy one console and play any game out there i would but one. But sine i have to buy three to play all the games I would like I have not bought one. I could see maybe getting a PS3 when the next price cut comes just for the blue ray and then maybe get some PS3 games since they should have a selection to choose from by then.

    This would give any game designer a target crowd of anyone who owns a game console. So if they make a good game they will make more money then they do in the current market. If game ls like SMG could be played on every console its sales would of been doubled. More money to make more good games.

    Console designers would just compete to see who could make most preferable machine cause people would not buy a machine based on what games it would have.