Capcom Europe boss David Reeves believes Microsoft and Sony “have to” incorporate Kinect and Move into the next-generation of consoles.
Speaking with Eurogamer, the former head of SCEE said there’s been so much investment in the new devices, it would be a bit silly not to include the tech or at least a modified version of it.
“I think [motion control is] the preamble to what might come in the next static consoles,” he said. “I don’t know when they will arrive. That different way of controlling a game, either with your hand and feet or your voice, or even maybe just your eyes.
“I think it will extend the life of the static consoles a little bit. But it will roll into – there’s so much investment in those systems, they’ll have to use it for the next static consoles as well. Or a modification. They’ll learn a lot from this.”
Both Microsoft and Sony feel the peripheral offers each have released will extend its respective console’s lifespan, but both refuse to be baited as to when consumers can expect the next wave of consoles.
However, as far as the current-gen is concerned, Reeves sees PS3 garnering big gains while Microsoft will retain medium gains and Wii will sputter off.
“The PS3 will grow massively, especially outside the frontline markets in Europe,” he said. “Xbox 360 will continue to grow and Wii, unfortunately, I see coming down – as it is now, quite rapidly.
“Unless they come up with some really good, innovative software with a very strong IP, I think they’re going to struggle. It’s the life cycle, isn’t it?”
Kinect was launched earlier in the month, and Move was released in September.