T&A: GamesIndustry.biz reported that Blizzard’s Rob Pardo has had talks with Microsoft at the 2009 Game Developers Conference (GDC) currently being held in San Francisco on what the next-generation console after the Xbox 360 might be.
However, several game developers interviewed felt that both Microsoft and Sony have yet to discuss future console plans with game companies, raising concerns that console manufacturers might be too focused on mainstream entertainment services rather than games.
To the general consumer, it is an obvious evolution when console makers start adding non-game-related features into their systems, such as movie downloads, music videos, photo and video album facilities to be accessed via their gamepads and HDTVs. However, some game software developers might see this as competing against bigger entertainment players in the industry, instead of helping to further nurture a stronger gaming industry. (more…)