In a recent interview with IGN, renowned video game designer Hideo Kojima stated that he believes cloud gaming is the future of the industry. Kojima, known for his work on the Metal Gear Solid series, shared his thoughts on the growing trend of streaming games rather than purchasing them directly. He also revealed new information about his upcoming exclusive game for Xbox, which has generated significant buzz among fans and industry professionals alike.
Kojima Productions is partnering with Microsoft on a new cloud project. Kojima, the founder of the company, has been interested in this project for several years and has been discussing it with various companies. However, many of these companies thought that Kojima was “mad” because the project required new infrastructure that had never been needed before. Microsoft ultimately showed understanding and is now working with Kojima Productions on the project, including the technology aspect of it. The partnership presents new opportunities on a technical level and allows Kojima to explore new technologies and ways of incorporating them into their work.
Kojima: I tend to get easily bored. Part of why I’ve been able to make games for 30 years is because new technology replaces the old so quickly. The tech you use today may not be applicable tomorrow, and I’m interested in figuring out ways to incorporate the new. Making the wrong choice can result in failure, of course. It’s a bit like a space program in that way. The project we’re working on with Microsoft is one I have been thinking about for five or six years already. The project required infrastructure that was never needed before, so I discussed it with lots of different big companies and gave presentations, but they really seemed to think that I was mad. It was ultimately Microsoft who showed that they understood, and now we’re working together on the project, including the technology front.
Kojima believes that gaming hardware platforms will eventually disappear and be replaced by devices such as smartphones, tablets, and PCs, which will allow people to share games anytime, anywhere and with anyone. However, Kojima is concerned that the entertainment industry may become more centralized, with AI recommendations dictating what content is consumed and individual videos being customized based on the viewer.
Kojima: I think that gaming hardware platforms will ultimately vanish, and it will all be sharable anytime, anywhere and with anyone, on devices like smartphones, tablets and PCs. My concern, though, is that the world might become one where entertainment is brought down to us from above. Even now, AI will recommend what it thinks you’ll like, and I think we’ll end in a place where individual videos change depending on who is watching them.
Overall, it seems that Kojima is excited about the potential of the cloud and the new project with Microsoft. If you’re interested in learning more about Kojima’s thoughts and projects, be sure to check out the full interview on IGN.