Rare boss says industry ‘on the path’ to holodeck games

By Brenna Hillier, Thursday, 21 July 2011 06:46 GMT

Rare’s Scott Henson has said Kinect is one step on the path to holodeck-like gaming experiences.

“I’m not going to give you the exact date you’re going to have a holodeck in your room, but think about that for just a second,” Henson said at Develop yesterday, as reported by Eurogamer.

“Think about the movies we all grew up on and the things that inspired us in lots of different ways to create the kind of entertainment to do. We’re down that path. We’re absolutely down that path right now.”

Henson said he couldn’t date the holodeck revolution, likening it to the slow, gradual uptake of HD television – a process still ongoing many years after the technology’s launch.

“When will the holodeck happen? It’s going to be a journey. I don’t think there’s going to be a date.”

Interestingly, Henson was dismissive of new hardware, suggesting software and services will lead games into the future.

“When’s next-gen? When’s next-gen? When’s the new Xbox Live? When’s the new Xbox?” he said.

“The power of software, the power of services, and the power of platforms is that it’s always now. We continue to build on them, continue to innovate, continue to push, and we continue to build magic.”

Thanks, IndustryGamers.

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