Hey, Console Makers. Make Something Pretty.
E3 is only a week away. And while we probably won’t be seeing all three console makers revealing their new systems, we’ll at least be seeing Nintendo’s Project Café, so it’s best to get this out in the open.
I want a new console that actually looks cool - something I can display in my room like a work of art. I’m sick of staring at eye-sores that look closer to some home appliance rather than a form of entertainment. A non-gaming friend of mine asked why I still had a VCR player and pointed to the PS3 on my shelf. Even so-so designs like the 360 should be a lot sleeker.
Consoles are often sold at a loss (the corporations behind them hope to make up the money on software) so there’s little room for bells and whistles - the 360 didn’t even have wifi until last year. I understand that designing a pretty piece of plastic costs money and that including better technology in a console takes priority over the console’s looks, but is it really that hard? Consoles go through a handful of iterations before they’re ever put into production [see above]. Can’t game companies hire a small team of industrial designers to do the job the right way?