Ubisoft does not want to be caught blindsided by the next set of hardware from Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo. In a conference call to investors and analysts that Gamasutra was listening in on, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said his company is already preparing for the next set of gaming hardware.
"We need to get ready for the future generation of consoles," he reportedly said yesterday. "In the next few years, there will be new home and handheld consoles, and if you don't invest... you will not be able to cope with both [old and new hardware technology]."
This is not the first time Guillemot has made this prediction. In fact, it's not the first time Guillemot has prophesized the next set of hardware this year. In January, GamesIndustry.biz reported that Guillemot was actively investing in technology to prepare his company for the next sea of change.
"We want to take advantage of a company that could bring more technology to us, or new brands," he said earlier this year. "So we have now enough to help us to grow the company for not only next year but to get ready for the coming of the next generation consoles that are probably going to happen 2011, 2012."
Guillemot has made no indication that he actually knows when the three major hardware manufacturers will drop their next hardware, only that he has no intentions of his company being behind the technology curve if they arrive relatively soon.
How soon do you want to see Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo deliver a new machine? Or is the future of gaming something completely different, like OnLive?