The console wars have been fought in the global marketplace between differing opponents since the rise of the videogame consoles that made arcades more or less obsolete. Decades ago, the combatants were Nintendo and Sega, battling it out with the 16-bit Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis, respectively. Those two companies are no longer the ones associated with the term, however. Sega stopped producing consoles to focus on creating games after the Sega Dreamcast. Nintendo, meanwhile, is still going strong with the Wii console, which sees its nest iteration with this year's Wii U, but the company's strategy casts a wide net, targeting all ages with more familiy-friendly gameplay.
A Console Wars movie would be far more likely to focus on the competition between Sony and Microsoft, whose PlayStation and XBox brands target the same demographic of more serious and enthusiastic gamers. Currently, the two are duking it out with the PlayStation 3 and XBox 360. These two pieces of hardware have been on the market since 2005 for the XBox and 2006 for the PS3. Next year is said to bring the next generation of both, with PlayStation 4 and XBox 720 rumored for 2013.
Since Sony has a dog in the fight, you can see why a Sony-produced Console Wars could represent a conflict of interest. Unless, that is, it focuses on the earlier days of this seemingly endless struggle. Nonetheless, it may very well be happening. Fusible uncovered a host of telling domain names recently registered by Sony, and here it is:
Domain names give away developing movies or top secret titles. Last year, for example, the title of the twenty-third James Bond movie leaked online ahead of an official announcement when Sony registered a bunch of names associated with Skyfall.
But that's not all. There's no official confirmation or detail on Console Wars, but In Contention's Kris Tapley took to his twitter to reveal that Sony is indeed developing the film and said, "it was specifically described to me as 'a Social Network of video gaming.'" Makes sense. Sony Pictures was behind The Social Network, and that film transcended its original designation as "The Facebook movie" thanks to the work of director David Fincher and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin. A studio looking to replicate the success of that film could do a lot worse than Console Wars.
Stay tuned for more, and keep your fingers crossed that the eventual film's surprise ending finds Sega suddenly re-emerging, ending the console wars, and ruling over the videogame marketplace with an iron fist.