Final Fantasy 16 Developer Dreams Of A Console-Free Future Within 10 Years

Naoki Yoshida predicts one more generation of console wars before the ultimate dominance of cloud gaming.

Story Highlights

  • Final Fantasy 16 developer, Naoki Yoshida has wished for a future without consoles.
  • The producer predicted a future entirely based on cloud gaming where all the gamers would unite under a single platform.
  • Yoshida thinks console wars are likely to end with the next generation.

Final Fantasy 16 developer, Naoki Yoshida has recently weighed in on the future of console gaming. Yoshida dreams of a future where cloud-based gaming will take over and there will be barely any space for console exclusivity. The Japanese developer aspires to see players unite under a singular platform and believes that the era of hardware wars is likely to conclude in the upcoming gaming generation.

In an interview with a Taiwanese YouTube channel, translated by Genki_JPN, the Final Fantasy 16 developer shared his dream to create games that go beyond platforms while predicting that platform exclusivity will be done and dusted within a decade. Yoshida thinks in the coming 10 years, everything will be accessed through the cloud and there will be no need for platforms anymore.

Naoki Yoshida also shared his insights regarding console wars triggered by platform exclusivity. The producer envisions the upcoming generation entirely free of those wars, while saying that the said feuds could see their end within the current generation but were held back due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Yoshida dreams of a cloud-centric future generation, but current limitations include connection speed lags and inadequate servers.

Naoki Yoshida playing Final Fantasy 16 during the interview
Naoki Yoshida playing Final Fantasy 16 during the interview

Lastly, the RPG developer thinks that creating a single platform for all gamers is the only way a developer can make everyone try out their game, saying the developers and gamers both will be happy this way. Yoshida has also previously shared his desire to gather everyone under a single unit, while chipping in the cloud gaming idea with the latest interview, showing that the dev has been seriously contemplating the scenario.

Moving forward, Naoki Yoshida’s call for a gaming unit makes sense for developers struggling to optimize a game for different platforms. And, also for the gamers who have to give up or wait on their desired title in case of exclusivity. Yet, the realization of Yoshida’s dream appears highly unlikely given the massive influence of console giants within the industry.

Final Fantasy 16 is an action role-playing game developed and published by Square Enix, launched exclusively for PlayStation 5 in June 2023. A PC port is in development with no release date in sight. Moreover, in terms of performance, the game was exceptional, becoming Japan’s most-played PS5 title in its launch week and selling 3 million units worldwide within just six days. In eXputer’s review, writer Moiz Banoori rated it a perfect 5, admiring its gameplay system and dark narrative that will keep you engaged throughout.

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Najam Ul Hassan is a News Reporter on eXputer who enjoys investing hours in his favorite video game titles. When he’s not playing games, he’s practicing Journalism. He began his career on eXputer after combining his limitless love of video games and all things geek with his considerable writing experience. He has been cited numerous times by several noteworthy publications and sites such as Game Rant, Yahoo, PlayStation LifeStyle, VGC, VG247, TheGamer, among others. Experience: 2+ Years || Education: Masters in Mass Media Communication || Written 300+ News Stories.

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