Xbox Series X and PS5, the next-generation consoles from Microsoft and Sony, will hit the market and everyone wants to know more about the new consoles. Atsushi Inaba, the boss of PlatinumGames and studio head of the company responsible for Bayonetta and Vanquish, thinks that the next-gen consoles will not be as “ground breaking” as Nintendo Switch was, although he admits that he does not know all the details of those systems.
During an interview with VGC, Atsushi Inaba is “happy” that Sony and Microsoft are “pushing themselves to make more visual enhancements and improvements in technology,” but he notes that those changes are predictable. “If you think back to the generation between Super Nintendo and PlayStation, and how we went from pixel art to 3D polygons… nobody could have ever imagined that a few years prior,” Inaba says.
“Whereas I feel that the announcements that we’ve had for recent consoles generations, while all good and interesting, and of course I’m happy for us as developers to have better technology to work on… it’s a ‘perceivable’ future,” the executive declares.
Inaba, later, opposes PS5 and Xbox Series X to Nintendo Switch, a console that in his “personal opinion” was “very ground-breaking in how it was able to just to take a home console and make it portable. It’s something that you hadn’t seen a lot of people doing before: it took this wall, that perhaps a lot of people didn’t know even existed, and broke it down.”
Inaba also stated that he doesn’t know everything about PS5 and Xbox Series X: “We haven’t seen everything from next-gen at this point, I think, and it’s still very likely that there could be a quality like that [referring to the innovation of Switch] in these consoles that’s going to kind of be a game-changer, that’s going to change how games could be played.”
Recall that PlatinumGames is currently working on Bayonetta 3 for Nintendo Switch, Babylon’s Fall (alongside Square Enix) for PS4 and PC, and the mysterious Project GG. In recent news, the studio confirmed that Bayonetta 3 has not been canceled by any means and they are still hard at work on it.