Kojima: Consoles to end in "the near future"

Hideo Kojima, the mastermind behind the Metal Gear Solid franchise, has stated his belief that videogame consoles will be phased out at some point “in the near future.”

Speaking during a press conference in Japan earlier today, the celebrated developer said that players should have access to their experiences “on the go”.

"In the near future, we’ll have games that don’t depend on any platform,” said Kojima. “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.”

In response to this, SCEJ's Hiroshi Kawano suggested that Kojima’s remarks were “a bold prediction,” though nonetheless respects his opinion on the matter. “We hope he continues to develop for platforms, but we deeply respect his sense of taking on a challenge,” said Kawano.

Earlier in the morning, the developer announced a new collaboration with Capcom to include a bonus mode in metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker that would see Monster Hunter included in the game.

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker is set to hit store shelves on April 29 in Japan, June 11 in the United States and June 18 in the United Kingdom as a PSP exclusive.

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