- Attendees to the first day of Lyon GDC found themselves in the midst of an economic theory debate sparked by Silicon Knights president Denis Dyack earlier today, with the outspoken studio boss repeating his prediction of a one console future for the games industry.
Making reference to theories regarding commodification and the history of technology, Dyack said that in time "economic trends will overpower [first party publishers] whether they want it to or not and it will be inevitable" leading to an industry making games for one single console, rather than two or three Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo made devices.
Pointing to the printing press, automobiles, cameras and cell phones, he said that there is historical precedent for technology to eventually standardise itself: "This is something that has occurred over hundreds of years across the history of technology," he said.
While Dyack was quick to say that he wasn't prepared to predict the specifics of such an 'inevitability', purely the end result, he was happy to point to the various conflicting market forces prevalent in model console game development which would bring it about, claiming that "the current business climate will accelerate the move towards this.
"Today's market is not open, it's monopolistic," he added, pointing...