Former EA CEO: The walled garden will fall eventually
The former CEO of EA John Riccitiello has outlined some of the things he sees as key to the success of the next generation of consoles.
One of his main cornerstones is ditching the “walled-garden” attitudes that have plagued this generation of consoles and the Xbox 360 especially.
Riccitiello said, “Some gamers fear the new consoles could be more about a DRM-walled garden than about enabling new types of connected gameplay. More about squashing second-sale (used games) than allowing us to play the games we own at our friends houses, in dorms or at home, without having to bring the disk with us. I don’t believe consoles managed as walled-gardens will succeed longer term.”
”We will want console games that seamlessly connect with our iPhones. Games that change and update in the background while we’re sleeping, to make tomorrow’s gameplay different and far more dynamic than today’s,” he went on.
“I believe we’ll all want the ability to bring meaningful achievements in our PC and mobile game to our new consoles, and from our new consoles to our PC and mobile games. It needs to be simple, seamless and without a bunch of headaches with multiple registration, identity and pay gates. The walled garden will fall eventually. At launch, Sony and Microsoft must avoid putting up new and alarming DRM schemes, and focus on enabling the cool new game experiences that seamlessly connected consoles allow,” Riccitiello concluded.
With E3 approaching and Microsoft planning to unveil the new Xbox live on the internet tomorrow everything should slowly begin shifting into focus so that we can all see how Sony and Microsoft will approach the new generation. One thing that is clear is that invasive DRM won’t wash with anyone any more.