Steve Jobs, Apple CEO, is toting their new hardware as the “future of gaming”. It’s bigger than the iPod Touch, it is faster, and it… it… it’s made by Apple and it’s shiny.
I have to side with Iwata on this one (shocked, aren’t you?). The iPad made no significant leaps from the iPod Touch, and I frankly can’t see where all of it’s hype is coming from. Sure, it is cool and shiny and stuff, and I’d love it if I could get one for free… But, I see no real incentive to upgrade from my iPod.
The hype isn’t what bothers me though, but rather that fact that the iPad is put forth as serious competition to the Nintendo DS and Sony PSP. Games on the all-touch screen is fun and all, but it gets old. It is great for casual gaming (yes, we “core” gamers like to kick back every now and then), but I just don’t think it will work for deeper games for various reasons (cheap competition on the App Store being one of them).
Anyway, enough of my opinions on the iPad – this isn’t Macworld. Iwata also commented on 3D video-gaming, which he does not expect to catch on.
"I have doubts whether people will be wearing glasses to play games at home. How is that going to look to other people?"
This is both good and bad judgment in my opinion. 3D isn’t cheap to work with, and it murders the eyes over time. But, Sony is pouring their assets into 3D TVs, and we can rest assured that the PS4 will make use of this technology. No-glasses 3D television sets are already on the market for roughly the price of a used car.
This kind of set may very well become the standard of the industry within a decade, and I have to admit that gaming would be just plain awesome in 3D.