Video Game Maker Calls for End to Rival Gaming Systems

Electronic Arts wants 'open gaming platform'
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 20, 2007 8:27 AM CDT
Video Game Maker Calls for End to Rival Gaming Systems
A visitor walks past Sony Computer Entertainment's new PlayStation Portable on display, which are put on the market today, at the Tokyo Game Show 2007 in Makuhari near Tokyo on Thursday, September 20, 2007. The game show, billed as the world's largest of it kind, kicked off Thursday for a four-day run,...   (Associated Press)

Electronic Arts, a leading video game manufacturer, has called on the gaming industry to set aside the incompatible gaming platforms now competing for consumer loyalty. Instead of choosing among rivals like Wii, Playstation, and Xbox, players should be able to use an "open gaming platform" for all games, EA argues. EA now produces games for more tha 14 different systems, BBC reports.

Gaming industry experts agree that dedicated consoles are not long for this world; in coming decades server-based games streamed to PCs are likely to eclipse the current gaming platforms. Companies such an Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo could become content producers and licensors. "There could be a Nintendo channel, a PlayStation channel and an Xbox channel on your set-top box," one expert  added. (More Nintendo Wii stories.)

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