Future For PS3, XBox 360 And Nintendo Wii Looks Grim Says Gaming Expert

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Just days after Apple launched the new iPad, a global expert in gaming has predicted that the future for gaming will not be via a PS3 Xbox 360 or Nintendo Wii.

According to Reuters, Hideo Kojima, one of the world’s most famous video game creators, whose “Metal Gear Solid” games have sold more than 27 million copies, says the future of video gaming is on networks that will free players from consoles supplied by the likes of Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo.

Kojima was speaking at an event in Tokyo to detail plans for the late April launch of “Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker,” a video game he developed and directed, and Konami Corp is launching for the struggling Sony PSP device, which Sony are still considering whether to kill off due to poor sales.

Reuters said that the prediction of a future without game machines from a figure regarded as both creative maverick and commercial dynamo appeared to rattle a Sony executive at the event.

“Gamers should be able to take the experience with them in their living rooms, on the go, when they travel — wherever they are and whenever they want to play. It should be the same software and the same experience,” he said.

“It’s a bold prediction,” Hiroshi Kawano, President of Sony Computer Entertainment Japan, told reporters with a nervous smile. “We hope he continues to develop for platforms, but we deeply respect his sense of taking on a challenge.”

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