×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Hideo Kojima Discusses Cloud Gaming, Teases One ‘Big Thing’ for Streaming

Death Stranding” creator Hideo Kojima shared his thoughts on cloud gaming in a recent interview with Nikkei Business, noting that he has “one big thing” in mind for the service in the future.

Kojima shared his views on 5G connectivity, the need for the industry to adapt to the unique challenges and features it could bring, and how streaming games could change the type of gaming and other types of content offered as a whole.

“5G commercial services have launched, Google announced a cloud gaming service, and Apple is strengthening its position in the gaming industry,” said Kojima via an English translation from DualShockers. “Cloud gaming allows direct delivery of games on any screen, be it a smartphone, a tablet or a laptop, without the need for consoles. Cloud gaming experienced a boom around 4, 5 years ago, but there was no phenomenon carrying it.” Kojima is referring to the debut of services like the now-defunct OnLive and similar products, which seemed to fizzle out after a very short time on the market.

“Many say it’ll end in failure, but I think it didn’t work out because the technology wasn’t advanced enough,” he elaborated. “Now that 5G has launched, we’ll see a huge shift to cloud gaming during the next five years. Entertainment as a whole will change and allow more liberty.” Kojima’s latest project, “Death Stranding,” has yet to see a release date or a confirmation on which console it will debut on first – the upcoming unnamed successor to PlayStation 4, or the PlayStation 4 itself. It’s unclear if it will utilize any type of game streaming technology.

Kojima did note that with the emergence of Google Stadia and could gaming, the gaming landscape could soon change in significant ways, creating games we’ve never seen before – much like when television was invented and programming concepts were shifted to work around commercial breaks and the other quirks of television. Interestingly, also Kojima envisions a world where the line between movies and video games will become even more blurred than they already are.

“We’ll start seeing completely different games these next five years as 5G spreads,” he said. “There’s one big thing I have in mind related to streaming as well. I can’t say anything more as I don’t want to spoil though.” He didn’t explain further, but the meaning behind this cryptic nugget could have multiple meanings. With “Death Stranding” still in development, there will likely be some time before anyone finds out what he means.

Popular on Variety

More Gaming

  • JoJo Siwa'The Angry Birds Movie 2'

    Nickelodeon Star JoJo Siwa Gets Her Own Dance-Tour Mobile Game (EXCLUSIVE)

    Fans of JoJo Siwa will be able to join the teen influencer’s dance squad on stage — virtually — in a new mobile game. In “JoJo Siwa — Live to Dance,” players will become part of the Nickelodon and YouTube star’s worldwide tour on her professional dance team and experience what it’s like to be [...]

  • Game Awards OrchestraThe Game Awards, Show,

    The Game Awards 2019 Sets December Date, Will Live-Stream Across 45 Platforms

    The Game Awards 2019, the fifth annual video game industry kudosfest, will be held Dec. 12 in Los Angeles and will be live-streamed for free again on more than 45 different platforms worldwide. The Game Awards is an annual celebration of video games and the people who make them, created and executive produced by Geoff [...]

  • HTC Vive Cosmos

    HTC Replaces HTC Vive With New $699 Vive Comos VR Headset

    HTC is getting ready to retire the headset that was central to its expansion into the virtual reality market 3 years ago: The company announced on Thursday that its new Vive Comos headset will effectively replace the original HTC Vive, which was first released in April of 2016. “It was time to upgrade our consumer [...]

  • Sohu logo

    China's Sohu Seeks Games Consolidation With $500 Million Bid for Changyou

    Sohu, one of China’s Internet pioneers, is offering to buy out its games subsidiary Changyou in a deal that values Changyou at $532 million. Both companies currently have their shares listed on NASDAQ, but if the deal goes ahead Changyou would lose its separate stock listing. Sohu, which has interests covering search, digital advertising and [...]

  • marvel lenovo ar

    Lenovo, Disney Launch Marvel AR Headset

    Lenovo has once again teamed up with Disney to bring one of the studio’s iconic franchises to augmented reality (AR). After first launching the “Star Wars: Jedi Challenges” AR headset in 2017, the two companies are back with a new “Marvel Dimension of Heroes” experience running on slightly revamped hardware. News of Lenovo and Disney [...]

  • Cyberpunk 2077

    'Cyberpunk 2077' Deep-Dive Shows More of Keanu Reeves' Johnny Silverhand (Watch)

    The Keanussance continues. Keanu Reeves made a surprise appearance at E3 in June, announcing that “The Matrix” star would be appearing in the upcoming role-playing video game “Cyberpunk 2077” as a non-playable character named Johnny Silverhand. And in a deep-dive video shown at the PAX West conference on Friday, attendees got a few more details [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content