Cloud gaming is next-gen, as dual-screen is gimmicky novelty not for kids, says Crytek
Crytek’s producer Mike Read doesn’t really think that fancy dual-screen experiences with SmartGlass and Wii U the future of next-gen, and is particularly worried about the Wii U’s expensive-looking tablet GamePad controller getting into the hands of a young one.
“One thing I really love about the Wii, and I’m not sure Nintendo even realised this when it launched, is that the Wii’s demographic was between the age of six to 60,” Read told CVG in an interview regarding his take on second screen technology. “I would gladly give a Wii controller to my three-year-old to play that game, but when I saw the Wii U controller I thought, I’m not sure if I’d give that to my child to play with, that’s an expensive piece of hardware.”
“But past that, in terms of the dual screen stuff, I personally believe it’s a bit of a novelty at this point,” continued Read, “and if I would to have to point at anything that really moves into next-gen, I think it’s cloud gaming.”
Cloud gaming will certainly be a factor, but can the Kinect and the Wii controller keep up by giving different ways to interact as opposed to Cloud Gaming? It shall be interesting to see what the bid game producers do to compete. Read does point out that the age demographic was between 6 and 60 for the Wii controller, but realistically there no way he would let a child play with the new GamePad with SmartGlass- its just too expensive a piece of technology for the hands of a child. Thats worrisome in a marketing sense.