Gerhard Florin is one of the smartest people I worked with at Electronic Arts, and I would go so far as to mention, one of the smartest I’ve ever met. He “gets it”.
I like his comments in the BBC article about wanting an open standard single gaming platform, but I agree that it may be a long time coming.
It’s arguable that there are definite benefits to having multiple platforms each with their own technologies. Maybe we should just rewind a bit and ask Xerox, HP, Digital, Sanyo, Texas Instruments, Tulip and Wang if we could borrow their arguments for why their PCs in the early 1980’s were not true IBM compatible. We could even ask if they would change their mind given what they know now.
True, the PC hardware market is different than the console market, but if we did have a single platform for gaming, attention could be more squarely focused on creating content rather than re-jiggering code and graphics to work on another hardware platform.
You can see the full article here “Open Gaming Platform”.