We've heard countless times about the PC nearing its inevitable demise as a gaming platform, citing how weak sales and piracy have forced developers to focus almost exclusively on consoles. While I don't particularly agree with that notion, it's true that the market is evolving and the future of gaming may look quite different a few years down the road than it does today. If you take Hideo Kojima's word for it, it is closed platforms in general that are set to die a quick death.
The creator of the popular Metal Gear series believes that "in the near future" video games won't depend on any console or platform
, adding that gamers should be able to take the experience with them wherever they are and whenever they want -- from their computer to the living room or a portable device while traveling. In Kojima's vision users will buy platform-agnostic software and enjoy the same experience on multiple devices.
Kojima is certainly not the first to envision a future in the cloud. In fact, his comments come just as OnLive is getting ready for a commercial roll out of its ambitious games-on-demand service in a couple of months. It remains to be seen how well the market reacts to the service -- especially with its current pricing model
-- but in all likelihood that technology still has a long way to go before it replaces the PC and gaming consoles dominating the market today.