Remember Neil Young? He said the NGP was “dead on arrival” ealier in the month? Good. Because he’s back, and he’s just as outspoken as ever.
Speaking to Industry Gamers, Mr Young, ngmoco founder, talked about the state of the current mainstream consoles with respect to digital distribution, cloud technology and networking capabilities.
“In the hardware world, I think Sony’s massively out of position,” he said. “I think they’re in trouble. I think Microsoft’s in much better shape.”
The mobile device champion stated that Microsoft understand cloud computing, said that the Xbox Live service is “world class” and have a “foothold” in mobile, even if it’s a “tenuous” one. “I think they’re in better shape,” he said, by way of clarification.
In a general sense, he’s partly right – the very definition of console gaming is changing right before our eyes, and to think that the next generation of consoles will run off disks again, with normal high-street shops playing a major role, seems archaic, at least one some level.
If it’s all about the ‘cloud’, and it’s a bit ‘if’ – the follow-ups to the PS3 and Xbox 360 could be very different indeed.