With the proliferation of smartphones and tablets, some have questioned whether or not traditional consoles like the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Wii U still have a place in the gaming landscape. For PlayStation 4 lead system architect Mark Cerny, the answer is obvious: "Of course they do." In an interview with Kotaku, Cerny explained that the rise of smartdevices does not signal the death of consoles.
"If you look at the set of people who have smartphones and the subset of them that play games on their smartphones, it is enormous," Cerny said. "And games as a result have had explosive growth on tablets... Within that context, console gaming becomes a smaller portion and so it's very easy for the analysts to question if consoles have a role. Of course they do. It's a huge fanbase. It's just that the rest of the world is now coming in."
Cerny's stance is similar to that of Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, who also maintains that the spread of smartphones and tablets does not spell the end of game consoles. Of course, both men are in the business of selling their own hardware.
Also in the interview, Cerny revealed that he is not actually an official Sony employee. Instead, every job he's had since 1988--including leading development on the PS4--has been a one-off contract through his consultancy firm Cerny Games.