Following his controversial interview with CNN earlier in the week, Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime has suggested that Sony will need to offer more than just upgraded visuals with the next PlayStation console.
Chatting with CNET, the outspoken executive brushed aside claims that the recently released Wii U will be obsolete once the PlayStation 4 ships, stating that the platform will need to find its own innovation in order to compete.
“In the end, our competitors need to react to what we’re doing in the marketplace, and need to figure out what their innovation will be,” he told the website. “It’s likely that faster processors and pretty pictures won’t be enough to motivate consumers. They need to react to what we’ve done, and we need to continue innovating with the Wii U and we will.”
We can understand where the spokesperson’s coming from, but the insinuation that innovation relies on gimmicks is flawed. Franchises such as Assassin’s Creed and Uncharted have proven that core technology can facilitate new experiences alone, as neither series was possible on previous generation hardware.
Sony has been meddling with biometric controller patents over the past couple of years, but we doubt they’ll make their way into the PS4. We'll find out for certain sometime in 2013, when the next generation console is rumoured to arrive.