Putin wants Russia to have its own video game

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After several controversies and international conflicts, somewhat unexpected news emerges from Russia: recently, news published directly on the Kremlin’s official website revealed that Putin, who continues as president of Russia after the recent elections, is interested in making his own video game.

According to the news, Putin ordered his government to evaluate the conditions that would be necessary to begin exploring the development of an original console from Russia itself. A possible competitor for the Xbox Series S/X and PS5? However, it is not something that simple to achieve, on the contrary.

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The idea for the Russian console came up during a government meeting that addressed the socio-economic development of the Kaliningrad region. In addition to video games, the Russian government is also considering the possibility of developing its own operating system and another focused on the cloud with the aim of being a distributor of games and other software.

This possible investment, as said by Dmitry Peskov, Kremlin spokesman, aims to development of the country’s native gaming industry. Which is something welcome these days, since due to economic sanctions, many gaming companies have left Russian territory.

Despite the “enthusiasm” of the Russian president, who gave until June 15th to study this ambitious proposal, this will not be an easy task and will take more time than one imagines.

The difficulties of creating a new console

According to the Russian newspaper Kommersant, Putin had entrusted this major work to VK, a Russian technology company. However, the newspaper itself says that at the moment they do not have enough competence to develop such a powerful console and highlights that creating a system like this from scratch would take at least 10 years.

Not to mention that the development of a powerful console would require a high demand in the supply of advanced chips, which in turn are blocked by US sanctions, and a consistent ecosystem of software developers.

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However, the Russian newspaper highlights that the best and most viable option for this endeavor would be a console similar to Valve’s Steam Deck in a partnership with China to obtain the necessary hardware for the production of video games.

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Tags: Putin Russia video game

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