Games consoles 'under threat', says Kojima
Hideo Kojima, creator of the Metal Gear Solid franchise, says video games of the future will not be confined to consoles.
Kojima said that games would eventually run on networks and be platform-agnostic, enabling gamers to continue playing on the move.
"In the near future, we'll have games that don't depend on any platform," he said. "Gamers should be able to take the experience with them in their living rooms, on the go, when they travel – wherever they are and whenever they want to play. It should be the same software and the same experience."
Kojima was speaking at the launch of Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, the latest instalment in a franchise spanning more than two decades.
He said the game – which is exclusive to Sony's PSP hand-held games console, would be good training for his development team, allowing them to learn what elements were needed for a truly portable gaming experience.
"I looked at this in part as an experiment aimed at the future," he said.
His comments elicited a diplomatic response from Hiroshi Kawano, president of Sony's gaming division in Japan. "We hope [Kojima] continues to develop for platforms, but we deeply respect his sense of taking on a challenge," he said.
Peace Walker, which goes in sale this summer, has already won plaudits for its intricate story arc and technical capabilities.
It features Snake, the hero of the Metal Gear franchise, as the head of a group of mercenary soldiers seeking to halt an invasion of Costa Rica.
Kojima said players would be rewarded for stunning and capturing enemies, rather than killing them.
More than 27 million copies of Metal Gear Solid games have been sold over the last 20 years, and key protagonist Snake is one of the most recognisable and popular characters in video game history.